Stephanie Allynne and Brian Michael Join “The L Word: Generation Q” Cast, Are Also Actual Members of “Generation Q”

Two new cast members have been announced for The L Word reboot, The L Word: Generation Q, which will be focusing on quilting, quizzing and queen-esque activities of a group of queers who do not necessarily live in West Hollywood.

Stephanie Allynne, known for being an actress/writer and also for being Tig Notaro’s wife, has been cast as Nat, “a sweet therapist who is struggling to co-parent with a hostile ex-wife and her live-in girlfriend.” Allynne recently appeared on One Mississippi, one of my favorite shows to ever exist, which was cancelled because we generally speaking cannot have nice things. She also the host of the podcast “Wild Horses” and a proficient basketball player. As her marriage to Tig Notaro suggests, Allynne is a certified gal pal, and the couple have two children.

Black trans actor Brian Michael of Queen Sugar will play Pierce Williams, “a buttoned-up, fastidious, expert political strategist and a veteran of LA politics. Unlike his colleagues, he’s not quick to share details about his personal life, choosing to put all his energy into winning campaigns.”

In February, an article in Out Magazine suggested Brian Michael to be the ‘new Max” in the L Word reboot. Michael is making history on Queen Sugar as one of only a handful of trans men of color characters to ever appear on television, but he’s also an activist and has appeared in non-trans roles in shows like Person of Interest and Blue Blood. He came out as trans in 2017.

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They will join returning cast members Kate Moennig, Jennifer Beals and Leisha Hailey as well as freshly cast humans Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni and Rosanny Zayas.

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  1. …….so just like no transfemmes? no nonbinary people? I’m really excited about this but…. really, L word???

    • I’m glad that other people are commenting on this, because to me, having a trans dude (but no trans women) as a main character in a show about lesbians feels quite…. off, let’s just say.

  2. So, does the new Max mean he will be treated poorly and get pregnant by Jodi’s interpreter? Speaking of which, do we know if Marlee Matlin will be in this?

  3. Would really love an explanation from the show why they haven’t announced a trans woman yet!

  4. I love Stephanie Allynne so much. I’d be a lot more excited if this was an announcement for another season of One Mississippi, but I’ll take it.

    • I don’t want anything bad to happen to Tig…and I really don’t want kids…but keyboard smash on Allynne!!!

  5. I love Stephanie Allynne so much. I’d be a lot more excited if this was an announcement for another season of One Mississippi, but I’ll take it.

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