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Our Lady J, Angelica Ross, Trace Lysette, and more attend Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival’s 5th Annual Trans & Nonbinary Summit

Yesterday, the 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival hosted its 5th Annual Trans & Nonbinary Summit that featured an afternoon of panels, a keynote speech, and a table read of Razor Tongue Season 2 by Rain Valdez, read by a robust cast of trans & nonbinary actors.

The summit hosted additional talent including Our Lady J (Writer & Producer, Pose & Transparent), Angelica Ross (Actress, Pose), Trace Lysette (Actress, Transparent), Zackary Drucker (Producer, Transparent), Alexandra Grey (Actress, MacGyver & Empire), Candis Cayne (Performance Artist), Rachel Leyco (Filmmaker & Actress, Atypical) and more.



Panel and keynote were accompanied by special in-person appearances by talent and a table reading of Razor Tongue Season 2 by Rain Valdez and a cast of trans & nonbinary actors



Returning for its 5th year, the Outfest Trans & Nonbinary Summit was held this past Saturday, August 21st, and was a celebration of the commUNITY built across the 5 years of programming. This year’s summit consisted of 3 separate back-to-back programs – the summit Keynote Address & “Post-Pose: The Future of Trans & Nonbinary Storytelling” Artist Panel featuring prominent and emerging trans & nonbinary creators, such as Zackary Drucker, Our Lady J, Nava Mau, D’Lo, River Gallo and Jacob Tobia, a Shorts Program highlighting up-and-coming trans & nonbinary filmmakers, and a Table Read Preview (Episodes 1-4) of Razor Tongue Season 2 by Rain Valdez, read by a robust cast of trans & nonbinary actors. The summit ended with a lively reception celebration with attending talent and guests.


Attending talent at the event included Alexandra Grey (Actress, MacGyver & Empire), Angelica Ross (Actress, Pose & American Horror Story), Bowie Starr (Actor & Producer), Candis Cayne (Performance Artist), D’Lo (Writer & Actor, Sense8), Jacob Tobia (Writer & Producer), Nava Mau (Filmmaker & Actress, Generation), Our Lady J (Writer & Producer, Pose & Transparent), Rachel Leyco (Filmmaker & Actress, Atypical), Rain Valdez (Actress, Razor Tongue), River Gallo (Filmmaker, Actor, Model), Scott Turner Schofield (Actor, Studio City), Sterling Jones (Actor, Razor Tongue), Trace Lysette (Actress, Hustlers & Transparent), Zackary Drucker (Filmmaker & Producer, Transparent & The Lady and the Dale), keynote speaker Tourmaline (Artist, Filmmaker & Activist), Ash Hoyle (Sundance Institute), and programmer Kieran Medina (Sundance Institute).



Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. For nearly four decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 40,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is ten days of world-class films, panels, and parties.


The 2021 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is proudly presented by WarnerMedia, a partnership that has spanned over 20 years. Automotive Sponsor is Hyundai. Grand Sponsors are Amazon Studios and IMDb. Premiere Sponsors include AARP, Directors Guild of America, Gilead, KCRW, LA Times, NBCUniversal, Rainbow Media, Showtime, The Fight Magazine, and Variety.

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