Amazon Urged To Drop Tambor After New Allegations From Co-Star

Less than a week after Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor’s previous assistant Van Barnes accused him of sexual abuse, actress Trace Lysette has come forward to recount instances when Tambor has engaged in sexual misconduct her.

The actress, who plays Shea on Transparent, took to social media to share her #MeToo story, in hopes that Amazon would re-center the show on the rest of the characters and remove Maura, played by Tambor, from the show. We wrote about it just a couple of days ago!

Here is Trace Lysette’s full official post:



Now, GLAAD has released a statement in support of Lysette’s requests and is being joined by Transparent writer, Our Lady J, against the inexcusable allegations.

According to an official press release, GLAAD states:

Trace Lysette is a gifted actress and a trailblazer for the inclusion of transgender women in Hollywood. For too long transgender women have been forced to hide stories of harassment and abuse in the workplace, and Trace has taken a powerful stand in calling for an industry where all women can work in safe environments. The show ‘Transparent’ is bigger than one person and is home to some of the most talented trans people in Hollywood – both in front of the camera and behind. GLAAD stands with Trace in her hope that the inappropriate situations she and others endured on set will be remedied, and that future seasons will focus on more of the many brilliant characters that audiences love and care about.

Our Lady J, immediately posted the following in response to Lysette’s claims:

My heart is broken. I’m struggling to put together words right now, as I’m flooded with emotions. Any abuse of power is inexcusable, but hearing the stories of Van and Trace have particularly shattered me. I honor the strength and courage that it must have taken for them to tell their truth.

Thank you for your leadership, Trace. Thank you for speaking up. And thank you for your proposed solution at the end of your statement. You are right — we cannot let trans content be taken down by a single cis man. 

I’m sure I’ll have more to say, but this is as much as I can get out in this very emotional moment.

My heart goes out to all victims of abuse, told and untold. I hope this is the beginning of our time to heal.

But the support for Trace Lysette doesn’t end there. Many are sounding off as allies to the trans actress:











Could this be only the beginning of allegations against Jeffrey Tambor? And will Amazon decide on a future for Transparent without its leading character?


Trans Awareness Is Everyday for This Trans Activist

November 13-17 marks Trans Awareness Week, a week when individuals and organizations around the country have helped raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people.  Transgender people and allies have taken action to educate others on the injustices that the trans community faces on a daily basis and to, hopefully, end violence against trans individuals.

According to the HRC, 2017 has already seen 25 transgender people killed due to violence that spawns from racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. But awareness and advocacy for the trans community necessitates more than a single week of exposure. Prejudice is killing us all—we endure ridicule and regardless of the progress we have made as the LGBTQ community, we have a long way to go.

Acceptance must also begin from within our inner circles. In the LGBTQ family, we often are quick to ignore members of the acronym or discredit narratives we don’t identify with. We come from positions of privilege and must understand that no matter how perilous our path, there are others whose struggles are fatal because we choose not to speak up.

Qween Amor, a 26-year-old trans activist from New Orleans promotes trans awareness every day. It is her reality and she uses her platform on social media to supplement her in-person demonstrations. With a larger-than-life flag that reads “I will not CENSOR myself to comfort your ignorance!” and attire that would definitely warrants a response, Qween Amor stops traffic, dancing to the beat of her own drum, inviting others to react to the way she carries herself—for the good of others. She welcomes dialogue and hopes that her own cosmic journey will shed light on the beauty that is our diverse world.



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I will not censor myself to comfort your ignorance! #qweenamor #transawarenessweek #translivesmatter

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What kind of dialogue do you hope to create with your demonstrations?

I'd really like to start conversations that include creating safe environments for Transqueer POC. That includes acknowledging pronouns and not assuming gender. If you don't know or aren't sure, please feel free to ask. We, as a society, need to have real conversations about Police Reformation. The biggest threat to our community are the police. They reinforce racist social structures and often times are not held accountable for violent or excessive force. What can we do to reprogram the program? I hope my work inspires people to take action and feel inspired to fight for what they believe in because the truth is unless we stand United, we don't stand a chance and things can get so much worse. Let's not forget that there are still concentration camps in Chechnya for gay men and trans women, of which the media stopped reporting on back in May 2017.



Police violence is real #qweenamor #disarmthepolice #qweenamor

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With the death toll rising on a daily basis for the trans community, how can trans Awareness be a catalyst for change?

Visibility! Visibility! Visibility! The reason the death toll is rising is because we are often times running in the shadows of society. A lot of us are sex workers and that's how we survive in a world that says we shouldn't exist. Our government is doing everything in it's power to dehumanize the trans community, from passing bathroom bills to denying us healthcare and firing us from our jobs. These struggles that we are facing are struggles that we can only overcome through the support of our community. In my experience, as a transqueer person of color, staying safe means being involved in community. People need to know you're here, people need to see and meet you. We need each other to protect our rights and our freedoms. Trans Liberation is Gay Liberation. True liberation for our community cannot exist until we are all liberated. 



Do you feel the LGBTQ community often forgets the trans community? If so, why do you think that is?

Oh fuck ya. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera are the Mothers of our movement. They gave us permission to fight back and stand our ground. Our pride celebration started as a riot because two Trans Women of Color had enough. In all the years I've celebrated pride, I never hear Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera mentioned. Gay men forgot about those two women and they don't see us now. Trans women of color face oppression from their own community because We are no longer sexually desirable. I find that a lot of people in the LGBTQ community find safety in hetereonormative lifestyles but that is a privilege that most Transqueer POC do not have and that failure to meet such heavy societal expectations is why trans people of color are the most marginalized and oppressed communities in our society.



I will not censor myself to comfort your ignorance! #qweenamor #transawarenessweek #translivesmatter

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How are your demonstrations received by others?

Alot of time people are moved to dance and take a small break from life for a moment. I open space for everyone to let go and breathe. I give people permission to be themselves and through this we experience our humanity. The best is when I get hundreds of people dancing in the street, TOGETHER! I do understand that my performances really force people to confront their prejudices. I have been assaulted, I have been targeted by police, I have been dragged through the dirt. Each time, I pull myself up out of the gutter, brush that shit off my shoulder and keep going. I have to keep fighting.



We need #guncontrol laws #qweenamor

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What messages do you hope to convey?

I hope to convey a message of freedom and love. And that no one in this world is just gonna hand you freedom. You take your freedom, you take it and you own it. The most powerful force in the world is when the people actively take their Freedom. Together, we can move mountains like poverty and racism. The most important event that could ever happen in human history is US coming together. That's what we're waiting for. Our power lies in our unity. That's our revolution. Our rights are human rights and they can never deny our humanity. The love I aim to spread is a love that can only be found within. True love is self-love. Love your body. Love your skin. Love your hair. Love your mind and your heart. No one told me growing up to love myself, it would have been great had that told me that secret.



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#metoo For the first 24 years of my life I walked through the world as a man. Revered and respected by society at large because I happen to have a penis. The worst case scenario was that I was hyper feminine and i would get the occasional faggot by a stranger out the car window as they drove by. I used to call myself lucky as I heard the horrifying stories of other people (women, really) about their encounters with sexual violence. My mother was molested as a little girl, I had a friend who had 3 daughters and her daughter's were molested. I once had to fight 3 men off as they tried to coerce my drunk girl friend into their apartment. It wasn't until i started my Trans-queer journey that i realized my experience wasn't "lucky" it's absolute privilege. As soon as I started my transition, my experience dramatically shifted. I went from walking down the street feeling fairly safe to walking down the street being verbally and sexually berated because I was perceived to be a biological female. I've had to do live videos as I walked home because the onslaught of harassment just kept coming with every block. Since my transition, I've had men follow me home because they assumed I was a prostitute. Ive had had men drag me in the street and physical assault me once they realized what was between my legs, they went from sexualizing my body to pure hatred and disgust just as quick as lightning. Surviving those encounters is lucky because a lot of my trans sisters didn't survive those same encounters. Last New year's eve, I was performing at a party and this man kept touching my butt, I asked him to stop because I'm literally standing on an amplifier during the performance, I asked him to stop twice and on the 3rd attempt he shoved his finger up my ass to display some show of force and entitlement that my body was not mine but his, so I cracked him in the head with my crucifix and blood gushed from his forehead. His response, "look what you did to me with tears in his eyes and blood dripping down his face." The fact that he didn't believe he did anything wrong in that moment to deserve a cracked forehead just triggered the fuck out of me.

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For more information on Trans Awareness Week, visit GLAAD

There are more LGBTQ Characters On TV Than Ever Before

GLAAD has released its annual report on LGBTQ representation on TV called Where We Are.

The report states that in the 2017-2018 tv season, there are 58 out of 901 regular LGBTQ characters on broadcast networks, cable TV, and streaming services.

While that 6.4% may seem small, it is actually the highest percentage that GLAAD has ever reported in the 22 years that the organization has been researching this info. Plus, they also counted an addition 28 reoccurring LGBTQ characters.

The rise is only slight from last year with 103 queer roles on cable (from last year’s 92) and 51 on streaming sites like Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu (from last years 45), but it’s about being slow and steady right?

“Representation matters more than ever,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. “At a time when the Trump administration is trying to render LGBTQ people invisible, representing LGBTQ people in all of our diversity in scripted TV programs is an essential counterbalance that gives LGBTQ people stories to relate to and moves the broader public to support LGBTQ people and families.”

In addition, asexual and non-binary characters like Todd of Netflix’s BoJack Horeseman and Raphael of Freeform’s Shadowhunters were added to the report for the first time.

That said, it’s not all happy news.

GLAAD acknowledges that LGBTQ people of color are underrepresented even in the underreprestned LGBTQ group all together.

Most LGBTQ characters on tv are cisgender white men (77% white characters on streaming and 64% on cable).

In addition, there are only 17 transgender characters across the board and most bisexual characters are women (75 women over 18 men to be exact). And, there are only two HIV-positive regular characters in the 2017-2018 season.

There’s still more improvement to be done, but there is some good being found in today’s entertainment media. We’ll see where things progress from here.

Millions Go Purple To End Bullying on Spirit Day

You may have noticed many celebrities, companies, and news channels have turned purple--at least for today. That's because October 19th is annual Spirit Day, a day for speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Judging by the angst 2017 has brought, it seems like we need every day to be Spirit Day.

In the world we're living in, the onslaught of negative energy that comes in through the media is creating a sense of desperation and hopelessness. Be it the recent natural disasters that have directly or indirectly affected all of us, the constant mass shootings that are occurring all over the nation, or hate crimes that are committed on a daily basis--our society is yearning for change. We NEED change.

The LGBTQ community, among many other marginalized groups, still has some insurmountable hurdles to clear. In a political climate where ridicule has become a part of a platform for hurting citizens that laws were meant to protect, thus setting precedence for the way we interact with one another. Bullying strips individuals, regardless of identity, of their security and liberties. It creates hostility that could have been avoided because of the privilege of others interfering with our right to unapologetically be who we are. It leads to self-harm, suicide, and other lashing out to society--a ripple effect that we don't realize comes from a very personal place as a response to feeling inferior.

Today's youth are living during some of the most difficult times. With social media and the internet at our fingertips, digital attacks have become a standard for anyone attempting to have a voice or presence.

According to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), bullying is one of the leading issues in LGBTQ youth today:

  • 85.2% of students of LGBTQ students report being verbally harassed
  • 63.5% of LGBTQ students report hearing homophobic remarks from teachers and/or school staff because of their gender expression
  • 57.6% of LGBTQ students did not report experiences of bullying because they doubted an intervention
  • 57.6% of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation
  • 48.6% of LGBTQ students have experience cyberbullying
  • 63.5% of LGBTQ students who did report an incident said that school staff did nothing in response or told the student to ignore it

These statistics are mind-boggling and further perpetuate the disruption in our communities, families, jobs, schools, and world.

In an effort to cause a positive shift in the LGBTQ community and beyond, today we celebrate and observe Spirit Day, an international movement of solidarity. With the support of GLAAD, Spirit Day began in 2010 as a response to the alarming number of LGBTQ lives lost to suicide--most of which were the cause of bullying or lack of acceptance.

GLAAD President & CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, provided Instinct Magazine with an exclusive interview regarding Spirit Day and its vital role:

Bullying, or some form of it, has always existed. Why, in today’s world, do you feel that bullying is still so prevalent?

Right now, we need to look no further than the White House and the Trump administration to see how bullying is being normalized. As the President uses his bully pulpit to espouse and encourage divisive rhetoric, he puts targets on the backs of LGBTQ people, Muslims, immigrants, women, people of color, and all marginalized communities. These actions send a signal that bullying and discrimination are acceptable. It is our job to resist this every day, which is what Spirit Day is all about. This is the first year that the White House is not participating in Spirit Day, but we have more other high profile and diverse notables participating than ever before.

What does it mean to have so many partners and participants in Spirit Day?

This year we have unparalleled support from celebrities, landmarks, networks, athletes, brands, and organizations, including Wells Fargo, Kellogg’s, and stars like Halsey, Britney Spears, Sterling K. Brown, Laverne Cox, Celine Dion, and more. When young LGBTQ people see celebrities standing up for them, when Wells Fargo turns their Wells Fargo Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, North Carolina purple, that send a bold, much needed signal of love and acceptance to our LGBTQ youth.


Other than going purple on Spirit Day and donating, what else can people do?

Along with going purple and donating to show your support, we are asking people to stand up and speak out against anti-LGBTQ behavior and language wherever you see it, in schools, at work, or even among your friends and family. Also, tell people who are from marginalized communities who are in your life that they are supported and accepted for who they are.

Aside from Spirit Day, what does GLAAD do on a daily basis to eliminate bullying and protect LGBTQ youth?

GLAAD organizes a Campus Ambassadors program, a high-impact volunteer network of LGBTQ and ally college and university students who work with GLAAD and within their local communities to build an LGBTQ movement to accelerate acceptance and end hate and discrimination.

Additionally, GLAAD also works to make our digital spaces safer for LGBTQ youth. Spirit Day has a tremendous online presence, and one of the things we call attention to, and ask people to do year-round, is to stand up to the online bullying and harassment that disproportionally affects LGBTQ youth. We also work to make digital spaces like twitter, Instagram, and Facebook more inclusive, so that LGBTQ young people can recognize themselves and feel safe and accepted.

Spirit Day sponsors include Target, and Wells Fargo, as well official partners Johnson & Johnson, Liberty Mutual Insurance, NBA/WNBA, and Toyota Financial Services; supporting partners Barilla, Kellogg's, Kirkland & Ellis, and NFL.

Wells Fargo Vice President and LGBT Segment Leader, John Lake, shared with Instinct about Wells Fargo's involvement in Spirit Day:

Data from GLSEN shows that certain types of bullying against LGBTQ youth in educational settings have actually improved over the long term. We are proud to directly support efforts by GLSEN that have helped create this impact, such as building more affirming school environments through their Safe Space kits and Ready, Set, Respect curriculum. But we acknowledge there is still so much work to be done to build awareness for the issue and how anyone can make a difference.  That’s where Spirit Day comes in.

This is Wells Fargo’s third year as a presenting sponsor of GLAAD’s Spirit Day platform.  We are proud to help build awareness and momentum for their efforts – and so happy to see how it’s grown.  For us it is a way to show our support for some of the most vulnerable members of our communities – and let them know we stand together with them as an ally.

We have been a sponsor of GLAAD’s work for over 20 years.  As GLAAD grew Spirit Day from a small grassroots movement to a global, multi-channel platform, our own LGBT Team Member Network led the company in “going purple” every year. Moving to a leadership role as a presenting sponsor was a natural outgrowth of the momentum and excitement our own team members had created. We are proud to stand by other companies, institutions, public figures and people all over the world and go purple to show our commitment.

Over the past 30 years, we have donated over $50 million and countless volunteer hours to organizations dedicated to the LGBTQ community.  This includes supporting partners such as GLSEN, Trevor Project, and True Colors Fund, all of which serve the critical needs of LGBTQ youth. Beyond Spirit Day, Wells Fargo is also a major sponsor of the Love Has No Labels campaign: a year-round national platform created by the Ad Council that aims to fight bias and prejudice, embrace differences, and put aside labels in the name of love.  As part of the campaign, Wells Fargo has created content focused on “5 Ways to Prevent Bullying” that aims to promote a more accepting and inclusive environment, and encourage people to stand up against bullying. The campaign will be launching next Monday, October 23 – be sure to check it out at Wells Fargo Stories.

Today, Spirit Day is a day when millions go purple to stand up against bullying and to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ kids, teens, and young adults. With a large number of corporate and non-profit partnerships, GLAAD, accompanied by countless celebrities aim to put an end to bullying. Along with many others, here are how some are taking a stand on #SpiritDay

And of course, we had to take a stand


We’re seeing purple! It’s #SpiritDay! Join us in taking a stand against bullying LGBTQ youth

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Join in and go purple! Take a stand and let your voice be heard to bring an end to bullying and keep our LGBTQ youth safe.

For more information on Spirit Day and how GLAAD accelerates acceptance, visit

Betty White Will Go Purple With Spirit

With GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day just about a week away (Oct. 17), more personalities are throwing their support behind the anti-bullying movement—including America’s sweetheart! In fact, Betty White is getting into the spirit and renaming herself “Betty Purple” for the day.

Betty and her Hot In Cleveland cohorts join a growing list of famous friends, including Ke$ha, Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Jenni ‘JWOWW’ Farley, basketball player Jason Collins; the cast of Degrassi, WNBA player Brittney Griner—and of course your favorite magazine, Instinct!

GLAAD and Toyota Financial Services have also launched the “Go Purple for #SpiritDay powered by Toyota Financial Services” apps for iPhone and Android. The app provides users with anti-bullying resources, calls to action and a tool that can turn photos purple and share to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The free app is now available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play. To download, visit

Head over to the official Spirit Day webpage and take the pledge to go purple with us on Oct. 17. (You’ll even be entered to win a trip for two to Vegas!)