Transmasculine actor Salem Brophy on transgender pronouns and plays

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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There aren’t a lot of plays like HIR out there,” Salem Brophy says. “I can’t audition as myself and just end up in a rom com… It’s important that Jobsite cast a transgender actor in this role.”

Brophy plays Max, a lead in the Jobsite Theater’s production of the pitch-black comedy HIR, pronounced “here.” It follows a suburban family comprised of a battered housewife, an Afghanistan veteran, a disabled stroke victim and Max, the transgender “leftist teenager,” as they deal with a new and absurd reality.

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3.22.18 Publisher’s Desk

By : Rick Claggett
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The first person I ever came out to was a complete stranger. It was surprisingly easy. The journey to get to that moment was not easy, nor the mountains I would have to climb after; but coming out to a stranger wasn’t difficult. It was freeing and desperate.

It was the early 1990s and he was a mentor with the Delta Youth Alliance, now the Orlando Youth Alliance. At the time, it was the only resource for gay youth to meet and support each other and it remains a vital component of the community today. My involvement with the group gave me the courage to come out to my high school best friend. That was difficult because it was someone close to me. It was a bigger gamble as there was more riding on her reaction than that of the stranger.

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