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Science fiction franchise Star Trek's first transgender and non-binary characters will debut on US television next month. Transgender character Gray will be played by transgender actor Ian Alexander while non-binary Adira will be played by Blu del Barrio, an actor who, like the character, does not identify as male or female. Star Trek has spawned films, cartoons and a legion of loyal fans, known as Trekkies. Star Trek: Discovery broke boundaries by featuring a married gay couple as central characters for the first time in the franchise's history.
One thing to keep in mind when looking at how privilege operates is that privilege, discrimination, and social groups all operate within interrelated hierarchies of power, dominance, and exclusion. Ability: Being able-bodied and without mental disability. Actors with disabilities frequently find themselves passed up for roles even if those roles are for characters with the same disability. Moreover, while fully enabled actors are often cast in roles as disabled characters, actors with a disability are almost never asked to play enabled characters. C lass: Class can be understood both in terms of economic status and social class , both of which provide privilege.
There's a buoyant scene in Nomadland — the hotly tipped Oscars favourite from writer-director Chloe Zhao — where Fern Frances McDormand , a something widow who has packed up and driven away from her old life in Nevada, arrives in Quartzsite, Arizona for the annual gathering of RV dwellers known as the Rubber Tramp Rendezvous. A tracking shot follows her as she wanders through a sprawling fairground of tents and vans: a makeshift community made up of older, largely white Americans who've found themselves jobless or homeless after the recession, and are now inventing a better life on the open road. The handheld camera gazes out across the desert, taking in the towering cacti and the people who surround the Oscar-winning actress — a group practising tai-chi, friends assembled around a campfire, riders on quad bikes. Later, it pauses to watch three men resting on lawn chairs with their dogs. The gathering is real — one of many elements originally depicted in journalist Jessica Bruder's non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.