Andrea James

The Advocate

Don’t Forget the Long, Proud History of Transgender Activism

Don’t Forget the Long, Proud History of Transgender Activism

Thanks to The Advocate for the mention! The Advocate had featured trans actress Alexandra Billings on our cover nearly a decade earlier, but it wasn’t until 2005 that she became the second out trans woman to play a trans character on television (Romy and…

Willam Belli's 6 Rules for Revenge

Willam Belli's 6 Rules for Revenge

BY WILLAM BELLI OCTOBER 07 2016 I was infamously able to keep my cool when another drag queen flipped her wig on me duringRuPaul’s Drag Race, and I attribute that to thinking twice and speaking once (and knowing where the…

Transcendent Star: My Bathroom Choices Are My Business

Transcendent Star: My Bathroom Choices Are My Business

BY BIONKA JUNE 08 2016 5:17 AM EDT The thought of a national debate about which bathroom I can use never really occurred to me — especially when it runs parallel to presidential debates in an election year. I must…

9 Celebs Who Learned the Hard Way the T-Word Is Over

9 Celebs Who Learned the Hard Way the T-Word Is Over

April 9, 2015 Erin Wilson Andrea James, Kate Bornstein, and Justin Vivian Bond Some trans people, though, embrace the word, even defending RuPaul’s right to use it. “My transgender tent proudly includes crossdressers like Dennis Rodman, or drag queens like…

Is 'Transface' a Problem in Hollywood?

Is 'Transface' a Problem in Hollywood?

BY DANIEL REYNOLDS FEBRUARY 25 2015 James, who was also present at the Outfest event, said the issue of casting a trans actor is not so cut and dry as people make it out to be. “There are business realities…

The 10 Best LGBT Documentaries of 2014

The 10 Best LGBT Documentaries of 2014

See which films made the cut. BY DANIEL REYNOLDS DECEMBER 24 2014 It has been a stellar year for cinematic storytelling of the LGBT community. This year’s best documentaries feature a variety of fascinating subjects, including Prop. 8 plaintiffs, gay dads,…

The Year's 10 Best Transgender Non-Fiction Books

The Year's 10 Best Transgender Non-Fiction Books

by Mitch Kellaway November 5, 2014 Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom in Retrospect ($16, Transgress Press) “If you could write just one letter to someone who is beginning their gender transition or to your younger, pre-transition self, what would you…

Trans Women Share Wisdom 'By Us, For Us'

Trans Women Share Wisdom 'By Us, For Us'

by Mitch Kellaway JULY 16 2014 “If you could write just one letter to someone who is beginning their gender transition or to your younger, pre-transition self, what would you say?” A new anthology, Letters for My Sisters: Transitional Wisdom…

Which LGBT Icon Deserves a Biopic?

Which LGBT Icon Deserves a Biopic?

BY DANIEL REYNOLDS JULY 09 2014 The Advocate asked the filmmakers at Outfest who their fantasy LGBT film subject might be — as well as who they would cast as the lead. Alec Mapa, played by Honey Boo Boo “I’d…

The Advocate's 27 Favorite Films of Outfest 2014

The Advocate's 27 Favorite Films of Outfest 2014

BY DANIEL REYNOLDS AND JASE PEEPLES JULY 07 2014 8:00 AM ET As “America’s Gaysian Sweetheart,” comic performer Alec Mapa has forged a funny and fruitful career on shows like Ugly Betty and the Logo stand-up comedy series Wisecrack, in which…

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