This year, positive portrayals of transgender people improved dramatically thanks to trailblazing shows like Transparent, I Am Cait, Becoming Us and All That Jazz.
While shows like these broke down barriers on the small screen, several web series are on target to push the envelope even further.
Below are four upcoming web series leading the charge this fall!
1. Her Story
Finding relatable, non-tragic stories of successful young trans women navigating the dating world and relationships is hard. HerStory plans to bridge that gap.
The hour-long scripted series explores the romantic experiences of Violet (writer and actress Jen Richards) and Paige (entrepreneur and actress Angelica Ross), and features several other strong women in the ensemble cast. With the two stars delving into the dynamics of a lesbian and an interracial relationship, they’ll expound on some deep issues that'll keep us on the edge of our seats.
“We’re particularly excited to share our experiences with the world because not only does the subject matter center the experiences of queer and trans women — but it was made by us, as well, among our writers, our directors, our stars and two-thirds of our cast and crew,” said Richards in the show’s Indiegogo campaign video.
To top it off, the project is executive produced by acclaimed playwright and activist Eve Ensler!
2. Eden’s Garden
Very little media attention has focused on trans men of color, and Eden’s Garden is about to make a change. With a cast full of black and Latino trans men, the New York City-based series will jump right into issues plaguing the community like same-sex dating, HIV/AIDS awareness, homophobia, transphobia and more.
The show's main goal is to break down the ignorance on the masculine side of the trans spectrum. Writer and director Seven King has produced many screenplays that lead to this timely project expected to drop this month!
King said in an interview with Ebony.com, “The content in the writing for Eden’s Garden is like a diary for me, but also a representation of numerous guys’ experience that may be trans. The life of a trans-male is a different experience from a cis male in certain ways. I wanted to create a series that will not only educate and advocate, but give suspenseful entertainment in scripted form.”
Check out the trailer and support the show’s GoFundMe!
Series creator Aneesh Sheth came into the network TV industry as one of the first pioneering out trans actors and the first of South Asian descent. After a guest starring stint on NBC’s Outsourced, Sheth crafted this series around main character Maggie, who similarly sets out to make a splash in show business.
Sheth has a full plate as creator of the show, but there was no doubt that she was the perfect fit for the titular character as well.
The pilot is already online over at Amazon Studios, check it out!
Brothers, another trans masculine New Yorker series, is back for its second season and picks up with Max’s intense storyline. If you’re not familiar with the series, season one represented a revolution in its portrayal of trans masculine narratives. From hormone replacement therapy to queer sexuality, trans director Emmett Lundberg’s project has impacted many already, including younger trans folk.
Recently, the series was covered in "Internet Lesbian and Gay TV Series, 1996-2014" with an entry stating, "The program is written and directed by a transgender filmmaker and incorporates transgender actors, making it not only a first for the Internet, but something that has never been done on broadcast or cable television."
There’s no doubt season two will dig deeper than the first! The project always needs support, so check out it’s Kickstarter after binge watching the first season.