With Kate and Laura and Sydney and everyone, it’s helped tease out the human story so it’s more universal and less polemical." In addtion to cowriting, Richards plays Violet, a newcomer to Los Angeles who is described as "just beginning to break free from a self-imposed isolation.
“They don’t show the success stories of black trans women.
“The joke here is I am an activist first and foremost," says Richards.
"If it were up to me, [our show] would be a series of polemical monologues in which people shout at each other, and I’d pummel someone into accepting my point of view.
"So it was a really great experience from both the writing and acting aspect.” Keeping with building a cast of real-life friends, Richards's former roommate in Chicago, Angelica Ross, also costars in Ross is the CEO, executive director, and founder of Trans Tech Social Enterprises, a company that empowers trans and gender-nonconforming people through on-the-job training in leadership and workplace skills. “Jen and Laura have started to investigate the intersections of all of these women," says Ross.
"What’s really interesting about and why I’m so excited, is we’re talking about things you’re not going to see on other shows, which don’t usually have trans writers who are able to dive deep into the nuance, [have] conversations about race and class.” One of the plot points they’ve discussed is the abundance of white trans lesbians and what Ross says has been the lack of acceptance among the black population of trans lesbians.
Created and produced by a team of trans women, the new series aims to tell, for the first time, than four words featured on the home page for the forthcoming Web series: Simply, the series aims to tell "a story about women." “These are characters struggling for their place in the world," says cocreator and costar Jen Richards.