Earlier this week, Variety announced that Showtime will be developing a half-hour show based on Jacob Tobia’s memoir, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. Tobia will serve as co-writer and co-executive producer for the project. 

Tobia, who grew up in Cary and Raleigh and attended Duke for undergraduate, is a non-binary activist, actor, writer, and producer. They first gained national attention after being featured on MTV’s True Life: I’m Genderqueer, and went on to create and host NBC News’ series Queer 2.0; they also worked as a social-media producer for Jill Soloway’s Transparent. 

Earlier this year, they released Sissy, a candid, charismatic account of growing up queer in the South. “The Triangle is a radical place,” Tobia told the INDY in an interview, earlier this year. “I learned everything I know about being an activist, everything I know about being a queer person, everything I know about my identity on the trans spectrum, in North Carolina.” 

The adaptation of the memoir will follow Tobi Gibran, a non-binary student who, like Tobia, moves, from North Carolina to New York City. The series is tentatively titled Sissy and will be produced by Showtime and Legendary Television Studios. 


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