Marvel’s first openly trans actor calls for more portrayals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first openly transgender actor in the Marvel Universe says there needs to be more representation of his experience.

Zach Barack plays a classmate of Peter Parker’s in “Spider-Man: Far From Home.” His gender identity is not addressed in the brief role.

Barack said to him, superhero movies “always felt like a trans story because it’s talking about identity.”

Barack says there needs to be more roles for trans people in all sorts of movies.

The 23-year-old Chicago-area native also appeared in the TV series “L.A.’s Finest.”

The new Spider-Man movie is now playing in theaters.

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