How Lauren Morelli And Garcia Don't Tokenize Queer People

Lauren Morelli, the showrunner and executive producer for the new Netflix show Tales of the City, is fostering a space where multiple queer realities can be shown on-screen. She spoke with one of the cast members, trans actor Garcia (who plays Jake Rodriguez on the show), and, in the video above, they explore why it's wrong to treat queer stories as representative of the entire community. Tokenization is something that they both want to avoid at all costs, and they're on the right track.

Check out the other videos in our series where we placed queer people from different generations in conversation with one another:

Dani and May OkonRob Smith and Eddie Jarrel JonesNaima Green and Marlene ColburnAshlee Marie Preston and Devan Diaz

Produced by Alexandra Hsie

Directed by Charlotte Prager

Shot by Gretta Wilson + Charlotte Prager

Edited by Gretta Wilson

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