Disclosure is a new documentary on Netflix about the history of transgender representation in Hollywood.
"People traversing gender expectations was a part of cinema as early as 1914, there was a film that featured a sex change," says actress Laverne Cox, who is the executive producer and a prominent voice in this eye-opening documentary.
Trans people have always been seen, but we've not always been represented, right? And in the being seen and being visible, we've often been misrepresented.
Disclosure celebrates the long and complicated history of trans people in cinema, and takes a deep look into how some of that troubled past has shaped the current biases against a marginalized group.
"Trans people have always been seen, but we've not always been represented, right? And in the being seen and being visible, we've often been misrepresented," Cox says. "We've often been stereotyped and stigmatized and pathologized and sensationalized in film. So we've always been there. But the way — just like depictions of blackness have always been, their depiction of folks along a gender spectrum have always existed in films. But representation that is authentic, that is about the real lived experiences of trans people have not always been there."