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The First Trans Character in a DC Film Is on Her Way to HBO Max

The First Trans Character in a DC Film Is on Her Way to HBO Max

Meet the actor playing Alysia Yeoh, Batgirl's best friend.

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Batgirl, HBO Max's upcoming superhero film based on the DC Comics character Barbara Gordon, will feature the cinematic universe's first transgender character.

Ivory Aquino, star of Tales of the City and When We Rise, will play the role of Alysia Yeoh, Batgirl's best friend. According to Variety, the role is groundbreaking as "this is the first time a live-action feature film adaptation of a DC Comics title will feature an openly trans character played by a trans actor."

Alysia came out as trans in issue #19 of her run of Batgirl and dated men and women, eventually marrying her female partner Jo.

The upcoming Batgirl film was written by Birds of Prey's Christina Hodson and will also star J.K. Simmons, Brendon Fraser, Jacob Scipio, and Michael Keaton. It's expected to hit HBO Max later this year. 

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Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!