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  From the "Advocate" : "  In the new comedic film  Together Together,  Harrison portrays Anna, a character attempting to become the surrogate mother for a single man, Matt (Ed Helms). It's the kind of role that she, as a transgender actress, would love to be cast in more often. And she hopes her hilarious, heartfelt performance sends a message to Hollywood." " Harrison has appeared in a variety of productions, from   A Simple Favor  to   Shrill  to voice acting in   Big Mouth   and Disney's   Raya and the Last Dragon . However, Harrison is dismayed by the scripts that usually cross her desk, which tend to be some variation of a "down-on-her-luck trans sex worker" who overcomes the trauma of family rejection to become a "brave 'yas queen' girl boss." "When people only see you as [your marginalized identity], you're not getting the same opportunities" as other actors, Harrison noted."

Patti Harrison

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  Disney’s new animated film  Raya and the Last Dragon  has sparked debates about whether the two main characters, Raya and her enemy Namaari, are  queer  or not. Yet even as the major studio has decided to leave the sexuality of their main characters ambiguous, there’s one instance of explicit queer representation in the film:  Patti Harrison ’s appearance in the small role of Tail Chief. It makes Harrison the first known transgender actor to appear in a Disney animated film, as pointed out by  Out .

Patti Harrison

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Transgender comedian Patti Harrison. Her appearance on the "Tonight Show" has led to a role on "Shrill" and writing duties on "Big Mouth". As well as a story in the New York Times.