"We poured our resources into making a very small story very well-told.
We’re not covering a lot of ground; it’s very simple.
It’s a story of two couples who are just getting to know each other.
“ where someone is starting their transition,” Richards says.
“This is our lives.” Primarly, the series's focus, as billed on its website, is a look "inside the dating lives of trans and queer women as they navigate the intersections of desire and identity." “I’m transgender myself,” says director Sydney Freeland.
That's an aspect of her that Richards, cocreator and costar Laura Zak, costar Angelica Ross, and producer Katherine Fisher didn’t know when they approached Freeland to direct.
“I got the script and I read it, and I think the thing I really responded to was, it was showing me something I hadn’t really seen before: a trans woman and a lesbian woman having a relationship." But it was more than that which drew her to the project, Freeland says: , in which Richards made frequent appearances.
Imagine a nightclub where reality shows about transgender women fill the floor, each competing for your attention with the same old tired clichés and themes.
But then, you spot a newcomer, alone at the bar, a scripted Web series that locks eyes with you, luring you away from the rest with a story that's sorely missing from the current media love affair with everything trans.Created and produced by a team of trans women, the new series aims to tell, for the first time, than four words featured on the home page for the forthcoming Web series: Simply, the series aims to tell "a story about women." “These are characters struggling for their place in the world," says cocreator and costar Jen Richards.She and her team sat down with as post-production got under way this summer to reflect on their groundbreaking show.In one episode, she talked about how much would change if only one major male celebrity would openly date a trans woman.Proving that she knows the trials and tribulations of this issue inside and out, Richards authored July's comprehensive cover story for cataloguing the internal battles of the trans community.“The joke here is I am an activist first and foremost," says Richards.