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Sex Education Is Adding Two New Trans Characters to Season 4

‘Sex Education’ Is Adding Two New Trans Characters to Season 4

‘Sex Education’ Is Adding Two New Trans Characters to Season 4
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And they are looking for trans actors to fill the roles!

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Oh, did you think Sex Education couldn’t get any better than season three? Well, Netflix’s super-queer hit series is already looking to the future, and it’s declaring that the future is trans. We are living

The series has put out a casting call, which was signal boosted by writer and comedian Krishna Istha on Twitter, specifically looking for trans actors to audition for not one, but two new trans characters planned for season four. 

Here’s what we know about those roles. First up is Abbi, who’s “the queen bee of her college.” She’s “a young trans woman with a ’90s Winona Ryder vibe,” who’s “confident and self-assured in her gender-identity” despite the issues she’s faced with her conservative family. She’s also the leader of her friend group, where every girl admires her and wants to be like her. 

“She’s sunny, magnetic, generous, and loyal. When Abbi came out as a trans woman, she was kicked out of the house by her conservative parents. She currently lives with her boyfriend, Kent, whose family is much more accepting,” the character description reads.

Season four of the show will also follow Abbi’s struggles around religion. She’s still spiritual and “attends a secular and inclusive congregation which celebrates community and chosen family,” according to the casting call. However, she’s no longer “religious” because of the impact her family’s faith had on her sense of self. 

Casting directors are also looking for trans actors to play Abbi’s love interest, Kent. Together they’re “the ultimate power couple” and “the epitome of ‘couple goals.’” Trent is trans-masculine and described as “goofy, forgetful, and a great listener.” (Honestly, swoon.) The two have been together for a while and are popular with everyone. Kent “knows himself and feels quietly confident about his final year at college.”  

Cal in Sex Education

Sex Education has built a loyal and passionate LGBTQ+ following thanks to its inclusive nature and queer representation, with Eric and Adam’s complicated love story and the introduction of a non-binary character, Cal (played by gender non-conforming artist, songwriter, poet, and actor Dua Saleh), in season three. Thankfully from the looks of things, it's only getting better from here. 

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Rachel Shatto

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.