“Transparent” Releases Political Statement Alongside New Season 4 Trailer

"Sharing this work amidst President Trump’s continued assault on the transgender community is painful."

The producers of Transparent have released a trailer for Season 4, giving viewers a first look at new storylines and new characters. But the cast and crew have also released an accompanying statement, speaking out about Donald Trump’s declaration that trans personnel are banned from serving in the military.

We are honored to share the trailer for Transparent Season 4. We feel very lucky to get to make art inspired by themes of love, home and boundaries, and how they operate in both human beings as well as nations. Sharing this work amidst President Trump’s continued assault on the transgender community is painful.

We are outraged that he announced in a tweet that transgender people would not be allowed to serve ‘in any capacity’ in the U.S. military. It is reprehensible to deny an estimated 15,000 current trans service members, and 134,000 trans veterans, the dignity, respect and safety that they deserve.

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At Transparent we believe in the integrity of the trans community, which we know firsthand because we are all either trans or allies to the trans community. It is a revolutionary act for a trans person to simply leave the house and walk down the street. We tap into the incredible history of survival the trans community has achieved against all odds, knowing that our fight is noble and on the side of justice and human rights.

To our trans community members serving in the military and to transgender veterans: We work in solidarity with you and will continue fighting and creating art for our community’s well-being and future. We hope that you’ll enjoy the trailer for season 4 because our visibility and our stories are more important than ever.

Season 4 sees the Pfeffermans taking a family trip to Israel, as well as guest star Alia Shawkat popping up in bed with Sarah and Len, Maura coming out to Ali about dating a cisgender man, and Shelly taking an improv class.

Transparent returns to Amazon Prime on September 22. Watch the full trailer below.



Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.