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 November 19

by Carolina

Brian Michael Smith was a transman in OWN’s “Queen Sugar”And is the first transman to be listed on People’s “Sexiest Men Alive.”

Brian Micahel Smith.

Brian Micahel Smith

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Brian Michael Smith was Since 2011, earning acting creditsYou can be seen on TV shows such as “Gossip Girl,” “Girls,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Blue Bloods,” “After.”He was a straight cis man on all these shows. Smith became transgender in 2017 when he played the role of a cis straight man on OWN’s drama series. “Queen Sugar.” 

He has most recently acted in “911: Lone Star.”

Smith is a shining example of trans actors being able to take on cis roles as the trans community pushes. 

“There weren’t a lot of trans male roles when I started out,” Smith According to NBC News, 2017. “I was really trying to be cautious about [choosing a trans role] because it was something I was interested in, but I wanted to make sure that it resonated with me, and it would have a positive impact on trans and non-trans people alike.”

People Magazine featured Smith on November 12, 2005. “Sexiest Men Alive” list — he is the first trans man to be named on the annual list.

“I’ve been called many things, this is a first,” Smith wrote on his InstagramAfter the announcement. “Incredibly honored to be included in this list with so many actors I admire. Big love to @people for the historic shout-out.”

Original posted at centralrecorder.com

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