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Hollywood is 'in the Sidney Poitier phase of trans representation' in TV and film

Hollywood is 'in the Sidney Poitier phase of trans representation' in TV and film

During the fourth season of "The Jeffersons," the series Norman Lear created as the black spinoff of "All in the Family," Sherman Hemsley's character, George, is excited about reconnecting with an old Navy buddy. Knocking on his friend Eddie's hotel room door, George prepares himself for a trip down memory lane, especially the story of how a drunken night of fun led to the tattoo on Eddie's right arm. But opening the door is not Eddie. It's Edie. George's wartime mate is now a transgender woman. Though George initially couldn't wrap his head around his old friend's identity, by the end of the episode, which first aired in October 1977, the two embrace as they did years...

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