On February 13, Facebook gave the U.S. LGBT community the best Valentine’s Day gift ever when they added 50 new custom gender options for those who live outside the usual female-male binary. I didn’t even know there were 50 options, but for the approximately 700,000 Americans who identify as trans, this historic change is a boon. In a social media world where we share where we are, who we’re with, how we feel, and what is that thing we’re eating, trans folks can finally share the most basic fact of all: Who we are.
House Of Lies isn’t just frantic wit, relative morality, and the oddly palpable chemistry between Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell. Showtime’s popular dark comedy is also a surprising hub of gender fluid, pansexual characters. HOL’s third season just started, and by episode two we meet my new favorite character: Lex, played by Bex Taylor-Klaus, is a genderqueer basketball player who gets involved with Marty’s son, Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.)
AE: Could you tell me a little more about Lex, played by Bex, the genderqueer basketball player? It seems groundbreaking for the genderqueer community to have not one but two sexuality/gender fluid kids.
Matthew Carnahan: I have friends with a genderqueer son, who I’ve watched grow from a child into a remarkable person who had the incredible good fortune of never being pushed in any one direction, so he gets to be uniquely himself. That was my goal for Roscoe: to let Roscoe be uniquely himself. In meeting Lex, I wanted to take Roscoe from a child with gender issues into sexuality issues– because gender and sex are very different– and wanted to show the importance of what’s in your heart rather than what’s between your legs…