Here Are 11 Black Trans Entertainers



It’s Trans Awareness Week! In 2018, the representation of transgender actors and actresses on film and television has increased significantly.

The ’80s-set  FX series Pose cast the highest number of transgender actresses as series regulars, while a successful campaign against cisgender actress Scarlett Johansson playing the  role of transgender man Dante “Tex” Bill in the film Rub & Tug ensured that the role would go to a trans actor, should the film go into production.

Although there is still room for more change, these 10 Black trans actors and actresses are paving the way and changing the way we look at film and television.


A man who went viral last year for his green-haired mugshot has been arrested again in Florida.
Lawrence Sullivan, 30, was jailed Wednesday in Pinellas County on a probation violation charge.

>> May 2017: Tattooed ‘Joker’ accused of flashing gun at cars

Sullivan’s new mugshot features the same green hair and extensive tattoos. The jail records noted that his tattoos featured a skull, sword, pot leaf, brass knuckles, devil and a rose.

>> June 2017: Florida ‘Joker’ arrested again, says he was treated like a celebrity in jail

Sullivan was arrested in 2017 near Miami after he reportedly waved a gun at motorists. He was found with a loaded Smith & Wesson handgun in his pocket, the Miami Herald reported.

The Herald reported that Sullivan’s job as listed as “tattoo model.”

California wildfire rips through nuclear waste site, fueling airborne toxin risk concerns

The Woolsey fire that engulfed over 90,000 acres in California last weekend may have spread toxic and radioactive substances from a Superfund site, according to activists who believe authorities might be downplaying the risks.


The fire passed through the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL), a federal Superfund site in the Simi Hills that was the site of the worst nuclear meltdown in US history in 1959. While the California Department of Toxic Substances Control said there was no reason to be concerned of “any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation,” locals aren’t so sure, pointing out that the agency has dragged its feet in cleaning up toxic sites and accusing it of a possible cover-up.

Trump to nominate former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as next EPA administrator

President Trump said he plans to nominate Andrew Wheeler, acting head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to be the EPA’s Senate-confirmed administrator.

Trump made the announcement Friday during a White House ceremony for Medal of Freedom recipients.

He said Wheeler “is going to be made permanent,” adding that “he’s done a fantastic job and I want to congratulate him.”

“Congratulations, Andrew,” Trump said.

Before becoming administrator, Trump will have to submit Wheeler’s nomination to the Senate. A majority of senators would then need to confirm Wheeler.

They’re Black. They’re Trans. And They’re Ready To Shake Up Brazil’s Politics.

SÃO PAULO — In an election that saw a far-right populist who has praised Brazil’s past dictatorship rise to power, two black trans women made history.

Jair Bolsanaro was elected president on Oct. 28, on the back of racist, sexist and anti-gay rhetoric, but just a few weeks earlier Erika Hilton and Erica Malunguinho became the first trans women to earn positions in Sāo Paulo’s influential state legislature.


Despite their different paths — one was a formerly homeless teenager thrust into politics, the other came from a family of activists — Hilton and Malunguinho share a radical vision for their country, one that centers on empowering other Afro-Brazilians. And they are not deterred by Bolsonaro’s comments, or those of his supporters, or even the president-elect’s future actions. For them, it’s no different from the discrimination they’ve faced their whole lives.

Published on Nov 6, 2018


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