Media representations of transgender individuals are rare and often negative. Zach Barack is an actor who aims to spread positivity through transgender stories.
Barack is no stranger in superheroes, having been the first openly transgender actor to appear in a Marvel movie. He wasn’t a major role in the movie, however. Spider-Man Far from HomeIn fact, he is now the “hero” title. Dead End: Paranormal Park.
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Barack plays Barney, the series’ lead who is transgender. The actor shared his excitement about bringing positive representations to the trans community, especially to young audiences.
Barack says that exposure is the first step to humanizing trans people. Make an appointment now. [The audience] It is to see him as both a human being and a hero. This is what most trans people do. It’s something we have never experienced before, and it’s very exciting.”
Barack admits that transgender representation is on the rise in recent years. But he believes queer youth require more stories that inspire hope and joy.
“We have tons and it’s sad, angsty. Barack says, “And we haven’t had this before.”