Next month, a romantic film about a transgender "woman" will hit theaters and the trailer launched this week. LGBT activists and transgender actors in particular are far from pleased, however. While a main character, Freda Von Rhenburg, is transgender, the actor playing him isn't. Matt Bomer himself is not only biologically male but also identifies as man (often referred to as "cisgender" or "cis"). Even so, he plays a man ... who identifies as a woman.
"I auditioned for this. I told them they shouldn't have a cis man play a trans woman. They didn't care," tweeted Jen Richards, a transgender actor best known for the television series "Her Story."
Another transgender actress, Jamie Clayton, who plays a transgender blogger in the Netflix series "Sense8," posted a more passive-aggressive message. "I really hope you both choose to do some actual good for the trans community one day," Clayton tweeted, tagging Bomer and "Fast & Furious" actress Michelle Rodriguez, who plays a female-to-male transgender in the upcoming film "The Assignment."