The Month of the Gateway Sin

 photo pride___nomi_from_sense8_by_crimson_serenity-d8wfzdb_zpse5fj3zjj.pngI have not yet watched any shows produced by NetFlix or Amazon. That's just not the way we roll in this house. We get enough drama from the various NCIS's and the shows on TNT...though I did develop some interest in Scorpion after catching a few episodes. We are more usually entertained by what we can find on PBS when they aren't in pledge break mode or foodie porn.

But Sources have told me that the Wachowski's new SciFi series, Sense8, cocreated by J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon5) from NetFlix is getting raves from the transgender community.

(Image by Crimson Serenity)





The storyline is rather complicated, from what I discover reading various reviews: Geeksmash, InsidePulse, Observer





But it does have actual transgender actress Jamie Clayton playing lesbian transgender hacktivist and political blogger Nomi Marks. (I will at this time avoid the comparison to blackface that normally comes up when cisgender men are cast to play transgender women).

Nomi is a hacker. She is a political blogger and she works for big companies setting up internet security and all that and what not, and she lives in San Francisco with her girlfriend Amanita, who is played by Freema Agyeman, who is incredible. Oh my god, I had such a blast working with her. And it’s so cool because Nomi is transgender but that’s not what the show is about and it’s not what her character is about. She just happens to be. And she’s in a relationship with a beautiful woman, they live together, and then all of a sudden, her life is sort of turned upside down when she starts experiencing these insane headaches, which I’ve started now waking up with, by the way! I’m like, oh my god I think I have, like, sympathy headaches for Nomi! And then she ends up in the hospital with a doctor telling her they are going to cut her brain open.

Apparently in episode 2 of Sense8, I am Also We Nomi made a speech about Pride...which has gone at least somewhat viral:


Nomi struggles with a religious mother who adamantly refuses to use female pronouns or stop dead-naming her, (dead-naming is when you intentionally disrespect a trans person by using their birth name instead of their chosen name, to invalidate their identity), who remains stubbornly convinced that the whole trans thing is just a phase.

--Penny Sautereau, InsidePulse

For a long time I was afraid to be who I am because I was taught by my parents there’s something wrong with someone like me. Something offensive. Something you would avoid maybe even pity. Something that you would never love.

My mom, she’s a fan of Saint Thomas of Aquinas. She calls pride a sin. Saint Thomas saw pride as the queen of the seven deadlies. She saw it as the ultimate gateway sin that would turn you quickly into a sinaholic. But hating isn’t a sin on that list. Neither is shame.

I was afraid of this parade because I wanted so badly to be a part of it. So today I’m marching for that part of me that was much too afraid to march. And for all the people who can’t march. The people living lives like I did. Today, I march to remember that I’m not just a me. I’m also a we. We march with pride. So go fuck yourself, Aquinas.

--Nomi Marks




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