Photography by Emily Shur. Hair: Patrick Chai for Exclusive Artists. Makeup: Anton for Exclusive Artists. Photographed at Cactus Cube Studio on August 12, 2016
D’Lo, actor, writer, comedian:
“Being trans in Hollywood means being part of something beautiful and new,” says D’Lo. “We’re seeing more multidimensional, intersectional realities on the screen.” This is a change the actor, writer, and comedian is himself contributing to: His new Web series, Private Dick, about a transgender Sri Lankan-American private detective, premieres October 3. “I don’t know that if it were any other time, people would care to listen,” he adds. “But these mu-fuckas have been fighting, like really steamrolling, and not letting it be something that people who don’t know our reality get to dictate.”
Erika Ervin, model, actress:
From 2006 to 2008, Erika Ervin lobbied to improve the Affordable Care Act for the trans community. “There is a correlation between our medical necessity and our civil liberties,” she says. “One of the benefits to getting health insurance is to cover transitioning as if it were any medical condition.” Ervin has also appeared in American Horror Story: Freak Show and stars in the upcoming film Chimera.
“I make a living as a tall, Amazonian woman,” says Ervin, known professionally as Amazon Eve. “I travel around doing comic-cons and sign autographs in places like Corpus Christi, Texas. I try to put my best foot forward for us.”
Elliot Fletcher, actor:
Just a few years ago, Elliot Fletcher was the first openly transgender graduate of his traditional high school in Los Angeles. Now the 20-year-old has moved to Tinseltown, where he’s found roles acting on ABC’s The Fosters and MTV’s Faking It.
“I try to focus less on my trans identity because it’s not everything that I am,” says Fletcher. “But it is cool to be one of the only out trans guys in Hollywood.”