That fight is exactly what drives King in her own work—and why she’ll never stop fighting for trans representation in Hollywood. Scroll down for more from King as she discusses Equal, her previous roles and why LGBTQ+ storylines matter.
E! News: Equal offers so many history lessons in a way that isn’t boring. When did you first learn about the Compton’s Cafeteria riot?
Isis King: I learned about it on this project, which I was a little bit shocked about. It’s kind of like Black history, right? We talk about the same notable figures every year. And then you hear about a new figure and you’re just like, “Well, hey, I never knew about this person.” I had that same feeling. I was like, “Oh, wait, this is happening everywhere.” We just hear about one big moment which did start the Pride movement, but there were so many other things happening around the country. This was a big moment in history when the queens were tired.
E!: Episode two profiles three historic trans individuals. Who is your trans hero?
IK: I always like to tell the story of Octavia Saint Laurent. I saw Paris Is Burning when I was 19.