It has been confirmed that Pixar is searching for a young, transgender actor to play a 14-year-old transgender girl in their next upcoming animated project.
“Pixar is casting a youth voice-over role for an upcoming animated project. The character, Jess, is a 14-year-old transgender girl. She’s compassionate, funny, and always has your back. We’re looking for actresses 12-17 years old who:
- Are enthusiastic, outgoing, funny, and energetic
- Feel comfortable acting in front of a microphone
- Can authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl
If you know a child who fits the description and would like to audition for the role, her legal guardian should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org”
Personally, I think a kid’s movie starring a transgender character is far overdue because representation matters. I’m glad Pixar is finally putting in the effort to tell the story of a young transgender person.
Currently, transgender Americans, including transgender youth, are still battling to secure their basic human rights. Just recently, Arkansas became the first state to pass a bill that will ban all gender-affirming healthcare for people under 18. This is a detrimental decision that poses an extremely harmful threat to transgender youth. Unfortunately, other states like Alabama and North Dakota seem to be lining up to pass similar bills.
A new Pixar film starring a young, transgender character would send a positive message to transgender youth around the country. A message that tells them they deserve rights, respect, and love.