ABC's new show about straight men dressing as women to get jobs comes during a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn’t be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny. In fact, shows like this have the power to put the transgender community in an even more dangerous position.
Nominations for the 2012 Golden Globes were announced in Hollywood today and, along with yesterday’s Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, show a number of actors being recognized for playing LGBT characters, even though the films they are featured in haven't received quite as much attention.
During an interview with Women's Health magazine, out actress Amber Heard discussed actors who are not out and said, “You can’t respect yourself if you’re afraid to be who you are. It requires bravery to do something no one else around you is doing. But the risk was outweighed by the possibility of playing into this horribly detrimental lie that some in Hollywood perpetuate.”