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GLAAD Teams Up with 5050by2020 for Trans Inclusion in Hollywood

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The organizations released an open letter in this month's Variety.

The time for trans inclusion in Hollywood is now. GLAAD has teamed up with 5050by2020, an offshoot of Time's Up, to push for more inclusion and better representation of trans people onscreen. The initiative comes after Scarlett Johansson's brief casting as a trans man in Rub and Tug.

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Together, the two organizations released an open letter in this month's Variety that calls upon Hollywood to do better. The letter includes statistics of suicide and violence against trans people. It also announces Transform Hollywood, a guidebook from GLAAD and 5050by2020 that highlights how filmmakers can create more trans-friendly work.

"We believe that when trans people are empowered to help culture makers tell our authentic stories, it will improve how we are treated in the real world," the letter states. "Those negative statistics above will become a part of our history, not our present. Let's work together to create a beautiful, diverse and inclusive world in which trans people are fully accepted as equal human beings."

The open letter has acquired more than 45 signatures from those in the industry, including JJ Abrams' Bad Robot, Ava DuVernay's Array Alliance, and Ryan Murphy Productions.

Also in this issue of Variety is their first transgender actors roundtable. It features such rising trans talent as Laverne Cox, Trace Lysette, and Chaz Bono.

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