From THE BBC:
Actress, Scarlett Johansson, has been criticised for taking on the role of a transgender man. She will play 1970s Pittsburgh crime boss Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born Jean Gill, in the film "Rub & Tug."
"There are literally so many trans actors that could've been cast in this role," one person wrote on Twitter.
What I think:
If trans actors are to be, forever, restricted to only playing trans characters, then Johnansson should not play the role if a suitable trans actor can be found to play the role. However, if trans people and their advocates want trans actors to be allowed to play non-trans roles then they should not insist on trans roles being played by only trans actors.
We are at the stage in many regions of the world where LGBT people are moving from being seperate to being included. However, as this move is not yet complete there are still many vestiges of LGBT seperateness around. In fact, many LGBT people are, no doubt, unwilling to let go of them (gay night clubs and gay pride events are examples). Some of these vestiges are still very much needed to continue the push to full inclusion. But, as full inclusion is now in sight, the demands of LGBT people should now be made in the light of future victory. In other words, they should not now demand a state of affairs that will play out as less than full inclusion in the future.