Transgender March on Broadway Protests Cameron Mackintosh's Comments About Casting Trans Actors

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday September 9, 2021

After producer Cameron Mackintosh called the casting of transgender actors in classic musicals a "gimmick," transgender actors and advocates for greater trans inclusion on Broadway gathered in protest on Monday in New York City's theater district, reported Variety.

Called the Trans March on Broadway, "participants seized upon the opportunity for transgender members of the industry to reclaim an ongoing debate about casting, inclusion and access," reports Variety.

However, Sis, an actor, activist and founder of the Next Generation Project explained that the march is about more than Mackintosh.

"I'm marching because there is trans erasure in this industry, and I want to have a conversation about trans people, led by trans people," Sis told Variety.

Seconding the sentiment, "Rupaul's Drag Race" star and actress Peppermint told the gathering crowd, "Of the trans faces I see, I see actors, performers, speakers, writers and creators. And I don't see a single 'gimmick.' What I see are opportunities, and it's time that they—they who are in the business of Broadway—know it."

The event reportedly began in Central Park's Sheep's Meadow at noon and culminated in a march down Broadway to Schubert Alley. The event featured speeches from transgender advocates and actors including Sis, Peppermint, Ianne Fields Stewart, Jayae Riley Jr., Qween Jean, and former "Jagged Little Pill" cast-members Iris and Nora Schell.