19 People In The TV Industry The LGBTQ Community is Thankful For

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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 23: Writer/director Jill Soloway attends the 12th Annual Outfest Legacy Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Outfest )

9. Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway is the creator of Transparent, a show trailblazing transgender representation on TV while determined to throw some humor into it. The show features the Pfefferman’s, and the sharp changes they go through when the father figure comes out as transgender. The series has been highly praised for the realistic portrayal, and this is the first show in which the protagonist is transgender.

This show is important, and so is Soloway. She spoke to Vulture about why representation of all diversities is lacking on TV right now. “At this point, as a feminist, I’m getting tired of white cis men writing about sex workers. I’m getting tired of white cis men portraying rape. I’m getting tired of white cis men naming the narrative, telling their own stories, playing the parts of women, playing the parts of trans women, casting each other as women. Soloway continues, “For me as a feminist, I feel like it’s time to return the gaze and ask white cis men to curtail their projections and to curtail their portrayals of people that they aren’t.