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'Tales of the City' star hopes the reboot will push writers to create more diverse LGBTQ stories

The reboot is set to hit Netflix this Friday (June 7)

2019-06-05

Words: Steve Brown

Tales of the City star hopes the reboot will push writers to create more diverse LGBTQ stories.

The new Netflix reboot – which is set to land on the streaming site this Friday (June 7) – has a multitude of LGBTQ actors including Ellen Page and Attitude cover star Murray Bartlett.

One of the newcomers to the reboot is trans, non-binary actor, Garcia, who portrays Jake Rodriguez, a trans man who had recently transitioned.

Although TV and film has seen a wave of LGBTQ representation on screen over the last couple of years with the likes of God’s Own Country, Love, Simon and Call Me By Your Name, Garcia believes it is ‘important’ to focus on not just white characters.

Speaking to Digital Spy, they said: "White people have that visual privilege. And they can hide if they choose to.

“I'm not saying that they do. You would hope that everyone is an ally, but I have found time and time again that not everyone is.

"Just because you may come from the same queer community, that doesn't mean that you are marginalised and underrepresented in the same way.

“And so, to have queer people of colour on screen is so important because there are so many of us and there are so many stories.

"We're not just our sexual or gender identity. We're more than that. So how does [a story] look when race plays into it, when our cultural backgrounds play into it?

“Those are all extremely different stories, and I want to see more going into depth about how our backgrounds affect us in our identity and how we carry ourselves in the world.

"I'm really hoping that this show just further pushes writers to write those stories."

Tales of the City hits Netflix this Friday.

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