THE 5050BY2020 COHORTS
For the past year, we've been bringing together women, trans and nonbinary disruptors working in all aspects of arts and entertainment to shake things up in Hollywood in the name of representation and inclusion.
Last we checked, 95% of disabled characters were played by able-bodied actors. So while A-List actors play disabled to win their Oscar, disabled actors often struggle to get auditions at all. (And then have to deal with inaccessability issues on Hollywood studio lots and soundstages, needing to educate abled cast and crew about their, ahem, blind spots-- often without being offered a consulting fee-- and a host of other obstacles that most able-bodied people in the industry don't consider.) The 5050by2020 Disability Cohort includes agents, actors, staff writers, comedians and more, some of whom have been advocating on disabled artists' behalf in the industry for decades, all of whom are ready to change the narrative for good.
It's an incredible time for transgender representation on screen. Beyond the wildest dreams of many trans creators! But when trans women in designer gowns started gracing the cover of so many magazines, trans men and nonbinary folks felt increasingly disappeared from the conversation. Enter the 5050by2020 Transmasculine (and afab nonbinary) Cohort. Our biggest cohort, with close to 100 members in Los Angeles and New York, the Transmasculine Cohort includes actors (from Euphoria, Queen Sugar, The Fosters, Rise, Vida, Henry Danger and the OA to name just a few series regulars), writers (Gossip Girl, Tales of the City), directors, producers, composers, editors, assistants... you name it, this group is ready to take on the industry.
Sex Worker Cohort
Sex workers are heavily represented on screen-- the media is saturated with sex worker imagery. But how often are sex workers themselves controlling the gaze? It's strange that sex workers are tremendously underrepresented in writers rooms and behind the camera, when such a disproportionate number of stories appear onscreen about their lives. And what about those stories, hmm? Victim narratives, savior narratives, violence against sex workers used as a punchline? Who's getting off on that? 5050by2020's sex worker cohort includes writers, directors, actors and producers who are bored with the outdated tropes and ready to tell their own stories-- where they're complex characters with multifaceted lives.