Imagine a nightclub where reality shows about transgender women fill the floor, each competing for your attention with the same old tired clichés and themes.
“ where someone is starting their transition,” Richards says.“This is our lives.” Primarly, the series's focus, as billed on its website, is a look "inside the dating lives of trans and queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire and identity." “I’m transgender myself,” says director Sydney Freeland.And then, as we got into the brainstorming process, it just made more sense to start fresh with totally new characters and a new story, to give us the freedom to go in whatever direction we wanted." Zak's first web series about lesbian Internet dating, lasted two seasons and was based entirely in Chicago.“I think the good thing about the Web series is it gives you so much freedom, content-wise, because there really isn’t anyone other than the production company policing the content," Zak explains.All these things that were normal for us, our everyday experiences, that we never get to see on television.” Ross agrees, eager to show off her theatrical skills: “This is the first project I’ve been able to participate in, as someone who has been acting and studied theater in college and been in musical theater forever, when I used to go on casting calls, I was very much in stealth [not disclosing my trans identity].
Trying to be authentic in a role, really having issues about having to use the full range of my voice, to the full extent, such as if the director asked me to scream. “Maybe if there’s a season 2, we’ll see someone realize that Paige has this musical talent." all came together caught Ross by surprise, she explains.
But we do exist.” “That’s such a big issue for us,” adds Richards.
“We didn’t see the people in our community on television.” On Ross's character, Paige, is a powerhouse attorney for Lambda Legal — a woman who "projects an image of composure and success, while tending to mask her vulnerability with her ambition," according to the show's description.
In one episode, she talked about how much would change if only one major male celebrity would openly date a trans woman.
Proving that she knows the trials and tribulations of this issue inside and out, Richards authored July's comprehensive cover story for cataloguing the internal battles of the trans community.
“And I wanted to spend more time with her and I thought this was a good way to do that.” “That really is the origin story, a ‘meet cute’ in Chicago,” adds Zak.