Four young transgender men are crowdfunding for a web series about their newly minted rock and roll band. In addition to music, the series, titled Born Stars, would depict how these young men navigate sex, dating, hormone therapy, friendship, and all other aspects of being trans men.
“Our band is called Ladyboy,” band member Ethan Remillard told OUT, “but only because we can’t call ourselves The Trannies.”
Xander Idris will be on lead guitar, Ethan on bass and vocals, and Cole Hayes will serve as the rhythm guitarist. As for Rowan Seitz? “[He] does something I’m sure,” Remillard joked.
“We took our inspiration for the show directly from Entourage and Making The Band and actually a little bit of Big Brother too because what we want is [for] all of us to be together all the time,” Remillard explained in the fundraising video.
Idris added, “We’re hoping with this show to show people that we’re someone’s son or someone’s brother or someone’s grandson, boyfriend; we’re humans with dreams just like everybody else.”
Both Xander and Cole also note that trans men don’t get a lot of exposure in the media. Born Stars mission is to change that. At the end of the day, visibility is the main goal of the web series.
“We want to show kids you can be successful and trans at the same time,” Ethan told OUT.