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Transgender march for fairness in casting on Broadway!

Members of Polish LGBTQ community are seen with rainbow flags during the march. Annual Equality March also known as 'Pride Parade'. This year's march attracted more participants than in previous years, while the number of counter-protesters decreased. In Poland, a fierce public debate is taking place between tolerance supporters, with center or left-wing views, and conservative, nationalist, Catholic right-wing circles, which are expressing their aversion to the LGBT community in an increasingly ruthless manner. Opponents of the LGBT community accuse it of trying to carry out a moral revolution. Those in favor of tolerance recall that discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation is a feature of totalitarian societies. (Photo by Filip Radwanski / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

New York, NY (77WABC)- It was an important day in Times Square yesterday as transgender actors and advocates gathered to march for more ‘trans inclusion’ on Broadway. Called the Trans March on Broadway, the event was organized in response to producer Cameron Mackintosh’s recent statements that transgender casting in classic musicals is  “gimmick-y.”

The ‘Next Generation Project’ was responsible for the march, a non-profit organization designed to support the trans/POC community. The event, which began in Central Park’s Sheep’s Meadow and ended in a march down Broadway to Schubert Alley, garnered roughly 200 people and featured speeches from transgender actors and supporters.

Cameron Mackintosh, the well-known producer behind Broadway classics like “Les Misérables” and “The Phantom of the Opera,” attempted to clarify his ‘gimmick-y’ comment, insisting that he was speaking only about re-casting the lead role in his musical version of “Mary Poppins” with a trans actress.

“Unfortunately, my answer has been misinterpreted to suggest that I am opposed to casting a transgender performer to play the role,” Mackintosh said in a statement. “This is absolutely not true. I meant only that I would not as a producer disregard the author P.L. Travers’ original intention for the character.”

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