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"The Chi" is losing its first transgender character. Jasmine Davis played "Imani," the girlfriend of actor Luke James' character "Trig" in seasons 3 and 4.

Lena Waithe's Chicago-based TV drama introduced the show's first male-to-female trans character in season 3.

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"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe (pictured) said at the time. "We kick off with two black women marrying each other in holy matrimony."

"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," she added. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

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Even though Davis was warmly welcomed by viewers of The Chi, the actor made the decision to leave in protest of Disney's delayed response to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Davis took to social media on April 22 to announce the departure, writing:

"Due to the many inquiries I'm officially announcing I will not be part in Season 5 of @SHOTheChi and I will no longer be part of #thechi/#disneyproduction. Sending a BIG THANKS to all my family and supporters/fans who have embraced me with along this journey."

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1. A complimentary word used to describe a FtM (female-to-male) trans whose masculine appearance is convincing.
Actor Brian Michael Smith was named to PEOPLE magazine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' list, according to

PEOPLE magazine named actor Paul Rudd as this year's 'Sexiest Man Alive'. But critics complained that the top honor should have gone to a Black man.

As a consolation prize, PEOPLE also published the 25 "Sexiest Men You Can Watch on TV Now" list and Smith, who played Paul Strickland on "9-1-1: Lone Star," made the cut.

Smith, who was born a biological female, was ecstatic to be so honored.

"I've been called many things, this is a first," Smith wrote on Instagram. "Incredibly honored to be included in this list with so many actors I admire."

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Rumors are running rampant that actor Darius McCrary and male-to-female trans actor Sidney Starr are dating.

According to Rhymeswithsnitch, Sidney is cast as Darius's love interest in an unnamed project.

Last year the "Family Matters" star, 45, appeared to come out as trans attracted after lavishing compliments on Sidney online.

McCrary, who has been unlucky at Love, confirmed that he was aware Sidney was born a male.

McCrary, best known as Eddie Winslow on TV sitcom Family Matters, met Sidney offline - and the two are reportedly inseparable.

On Sunday, Sidney shared a video from a steamy photo shoot. Darius couldn't keep his eyes off Sidney's curves.

Sidney, a 32-year-old Chicago native, is a cast member on Love & Hip-Hop: New York.

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Meanwhile, Darius, who was raised in a 2-parent home, was married three times to Juliette Merrill Vann (2005-2006); Karrine Steffans (2009-2011), and Tammy Brawner (2014-2017).

Darius and Sidney have been trending all day on social media.

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"If you asked me a year ago if this A-list actress was going to transition from a woman to a man, I would have said yes, without question. She and her team has made a plan and she had scheduled surgery and was starting to take medicine. They had made plans for cover stories for weekly and monthly magazines and were talking to networks about first interviews. Then boom, the pandemic came. All of that planning came to a halt. The actress started thinking about and if she wanted to go through it and what would happen to her career. Would she get any work? Everyone knows who she is, so even when her movies bomb, and they do, she gets a lot of work. High paying work. Then, when she heard the news of the other actress, she said no. She said she wasn't going to do it any longer. She is not a big fan of publicity, and realized it would just bring a ton down on her." Source



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Ellen Page surprised no one by coming out as a female-to-male transgender in a lengthy message on Tuesday.

Page identifies as a "non-binary" person who is neither man nor woman. Page's pronouns are "he/they".

It's unlikely that Page will get many roles playing a non-binary he/they, so the 33-year-old Canadian will continue to play superhero Vanya Hargreeves, a woman with the ability to turn sound into energy, in The Umbrella Academy on Netflix.

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A source told Variety: "Vanya is a cisgender [heterosexual] woman whose superpower involves unleashing force through the use of sound. There are no plans to change the character's gender."

That didn't sit well with some in the LGBT+ community who support Page's gender identity, but say it's either all or nothing.

One Twitter user wrote: "I am so proud of Elliot Page for transitioning and becoming a beacon of hope for humanity. That said, now that Page is a straight man he is officially an oppressor and deserves nothing but our contempt."

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Saved by the Bell fans have mixed reactions to the news that a cross-dresser has been cast in the reboot of their favorite high school situation comedy.

Actor Josie Totah, 18, plays the role of Lexi, who is described as a "sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High."

According to NBC News, Lexi is "both admired and feared by her fellow students."

The reboot TV series will follow a group of low-income, diverse and inclusive high school students who are transferred to Bayside High, courtesy of a program created by California Governor Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

The reboot is produced by Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkeley, who will reprise their roles on the series.

Lopez, 46, has had a change of heart since expressing his disapproval of parents who allow their minor children to switch genders.

"My God if you're three-years-old and you're saying you're feeling a certain way you think you're a boy or a girl whatever the case may be... I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make that determination then, OK well then you're gonna be a boy or a girl," Lopez told Candace Owens in July.

"It's sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on," he said.

But the only repercussions were felt by Lopez, who quickly retracted his statements and apologized to the LGBT+ community amid a fierce public backlash.

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The 1990s television series starred teenage hunks Gosselaar (Zack) and Lopez (A.C. Slater). Gosselaar, 45, is pictured with his Mixed-ish co-star, Tika Sumpter, 39.

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The original series also starred Lark Voorhies (Lisa Turtle), Tiffani Thiessen (Kelly Kapowski) and Dustin Diamond (Screech) as privileged students at Bayside High School in Pacific Palisades, California. The original series premiere in 1989.

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Director Ryan Murphy has set the record for casting the most female impersonators in regular roles in a scripted TV series. The previous record was set by director Lee Daniels in his scripted TV series Star.

Fox TV's Star features three transgenders: Miss Lawrence, Amiyah Scott and newcomer Sidney Starr.

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