By: Aaron Ramirez
Happy Pride! June is universally considered Pride Month. This month people of the LGBT community and their allies come together to celebrate sexual diversity, gender variances, and to stand against discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation. The LGB (lesbian, gay, and bisexual) has become more commonplace in media and accepted in day to day life. In more recent years the “T” has started to be shed on the transgender community.
A person who is transgender is one who does not personally identify themselves as the gender they were physically born into. The counterpart definition would be cisgender. Media has started to showcase more and more transgender characters and personalities. Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, and Caitlyn Jenner aren’t the end all be all of what could be represented of the trans community. One entertainer has made it his mission to diversify the portrayals of trans people in the media. Executive Producer, Nes Nesbitt in 2007 founded Tibsen Entertainment, and in 2011 created Transformative The Talk Show.
Nesbitt created Transformative The Talk Show to bring together five transgender panelist from varying backgrounds and ethnicities. Nesbitt stated his personal mission is to “allow for an open dialogue on any and all topics, no matter how controversial… celebrating life and the differences that make every human unique. This show is about how every person, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, deserves to be treated equally and with respect.”
Fashioned off morning talk shows like The View or The Talk, Nesbitt is hoping that television viewers would welcome his five gals into their home for some morning coffee. The five panelist are ethnically diverse and are ready to spill their thoughts over all topics from lifestyle, politics, and various issues relating to both the mainstream media and the LGBT community.
Fellow panelist Tamyra McIntosh transitioned over nine years ago is hoping to share with viewers “that it’s often very tough as a young African American trans woman in society. [I want] to inspire others while defining what it truly means to be a woman,” said McIntosh.
Nesbitt focused during the casting process that the panelists were representing varying ethnicities and backgrounds. He wanted to make sure each voice was unique and had their own story to share. This diversity helps create dialogue for each panelist’s unique perspective and spice up the screen for viewers. Even in the transgender community, not all agree.
Panelist Gia Richardson is one of the more outspoken candidates living by the motto, “You can’t please everyone.” One of the livelier conversations focused on whether or not their sexual partners were gay because their partner sleeps with transwomen. Other panelists have consisted of Kelly Lauren a former Miss Continental winner, Angelique Munro, Aly Gunn, Jennivee Vailoces, and with guest Jamie Black, a Transman.
Taping has started for the series but is still looking for a network to call home. Clips from their tapings can be found on Transformative The Talk Shows YouTube and Facebook pages. Executive producer requests for people supportive of Transformative The Talk Show’s goal to be a voice of the growing mainstream media’s transgender population to like it on Facebook. Don’t just live your life– transform your life!