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Facebook's Brielle Harrison and Sara Sperling on the new custom gender options

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.

Sexuality and Gender Are Fluid In “House Of Lies”

By moi!

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I attended a HOL cast read through of the Season 3 premiere, followed by Q&A with cast and creator Matthew Carnahan (Dirt, Trinity).

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…

Continued on AfterEllen…

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I think for me the biggest thing is I tend to pass as a young boy, you know? And that’s like a complicated thing because you don’t really know if people are being condescending to you because they think you’re a young boy or if you’re gender queer or what it is. I would just say that it’s hard to live in a body that’s different from everyone else — or, not everyone else but a lot of other people. Sometimes I walk down the street and I feel a sense that I’m still a freak and I think it’s something that I’ll always deal with because of my history and feeling oppressed for many reasons. One thing I’ve thought about a lot recently is promoting confidence. I feel like as a teenager I didn’t have that and I wish I could help other young queer kids and gender-queers and women learn how to feel good about themselves. I always come back to that as the reason I may still effected by what people say to me, you know?

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