April 20, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

Trans Los Angeles A Film Full Of Queer Latinx Talent

Trans Los Angeles is an anthology composed of four short films directed and written by transgender director Kase Peña. Each of them addresses the daily existence of different trans characters.

Carmen Carrera, Stephanie Beatriz and YaYa Gosselin are part of the cast in the short entitled Period, which focuses on Vergara (Carrera) when she is just out of prison and gets a part-time job as a babysitter for a little girl (Gosselin). In parallel, she keeps up the sex work that got her behind bars in the first place.

It’s the work of Peña’s own production company, Trans Los Angeles LLC, along with Evelyn Martinez and Kristi Lugo, who also worked side by side on another HBO-acquired short, Full Beat.

Transgender icon Carmen Carrera is a well-known activist who appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, its spin-off RuPaul’s Drag U and the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. We will see her again before the end of the year alongside Lin-Manuel in the musical “In The Heights”.

In response to the sadly frequent transphobic attacks in the United States, Latin America and many other countries, a whole series of productions starring transgender characters are emerging, seeking to give visibility to the collective and tell stories in which they can see themselves represented.

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