If you missed Laverne at last night’s #eleganza here she is!
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And this is what it's all about for me. Last night I got to pay tribute to a woman who has surely paved the way for me as an openly trans actress. Thank you @jazzmunnichcala. Everyone listen to that sustained applause for Jazzmun, a living black trans woman who tirelessly gives back to her community. Feel that love for Jazzmun. That love as she said last night could save this world. This is part of what I said about Jazzmun last night:
In 1994 Jazzmun had an 8 episode arc on "The John Larroquette Show." She played Pat, a transgender woman who had a slew of sassy one liners, who often found herself the butt of jokes but she was always in on the laughter. To my knowledge Jazzmun didnt openly identify as trans at time. But let the record show that a black trans woman had a recurring role on a prime time television show playing a trans character in 1994.
The role of Pat was surely problematic by today's standards. In many ways that was the dark ages for trans representation on television. But Jazzmun brought humor and humanity her role as Pat on "The John Larroquette Show," to her guest starring role as Missy in "Chicago Hope," to Alberta on the "Wayans Brother," (yes I watched the "Wayans Brothers" and saw that episode in real time), to Peaches on "NYPD Blue", to Crystal in "Punks," to her scene stealing role credited merely as Prostitute in "The 40 year old Virgin" and more recently to her guest starring role as Gloria, a minister who comes to the rescue of a young man who is a homeless sex worker on the verge of death from a treatment resistant stain of the HIV virus on the CBS show "Pure Genius" and her role as the real life activist, minister, and peer counselor Bobbi Jean Baker in the mini series "When We Rise." Jazzmun has provided glimmers of light which illuminates in a single career the arc of how far we have come as trans actors and how far we have yet to come .
Jazzmun's over 30 year career in films and on television gives us documented evidence, receipts honey, that we have always been here making a way out of no way, taking lemons and making lemonade