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A Trans* Acting Legend Passes On

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Holly Woodlawn predates LaVerne Cox as a Trans* actress by many years, and her films were not ones for the PG and G audiences since Transgender people at the time were considered to be pornography subjects. Holly passed away last Sunday from cancer, but a young friend of her's who is a friend of mine IRL, and who is the co-producer of Transparent made this wonderful analysis of Holly's life and contribution to all of us who are Trans.


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I first saw Holly in 1971 in her debut film 'Trash.' It was quirky film but she was great. Holly is one of those people you never forget. She was out during a time when it wasn't popular or safe. She was authentic, something that influenced me some 3 decades later during my transition.

Rest in peace, Holly. You were a true original

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Nice read, thanks for posting.

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