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Cannes Goes Trans: Biological Male Shares Best Actress Award

For the first time in Cannes history, a biological male is a recipient of the festival’s best actress prize.

Transgender actor Karla Sofía Gascón — who was born a male and now identifies as a woman — shared the best actress prize for the unconventional musical Emilia Perez. Gascón shared the award with three of his actual female co-stars — Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez, and Adriana Paz.

A tearful Karla Sofía Gascón accepted the award on Sunday on behalf of his co-stars.

Emilia Perez — which also took home the festival’s Jury Prize, or third place overall — will reportedly be distributed by Netflix, with a rollout expected either later this year or next year.

In the movie, Gascón play a male drug kingpin who decides to exit the drug trade by undergoing a sex-change operation.

Karla Sofía Gascón underwent a sex-change operation in real life at the age of 46 after being married to a woman and fathering a child. Before transitioning, Gascón was named Carlos and worked as an actor in Spanish-language TV shows.

Following the movie’s Cannes premiere earlier this week, Gascón spoke about being transgender.

“We’re normal people who can have the careers they want,” said Gascon at a press conference earlier in the festival. Being trans is unimportant. A trans person is someone going through a transition. Once they have transitioned, that’s it. They are what they are.”

“We’re first and foremost human beings, and there’s no point sticking labels on us.”

  • Peacegood says:

    Creepy Hollywood..

  • Gene E S says:

    Yet another. A male claiming to have “transitioned” to female. There is no such thing. He will never be female. He is merely another delusional mutilated MALE.

  • Dorothy says:

    The good thing I am not interested anymore in whatever Hollywood has going on. They are all mentally unfit as humans. It is upsetting when you see so many men that want to be women. What is going on.



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