I was reading these articles about the new Stonewall movie that’s coming out in September
Stonewall: A Film About a Historic Moment of Resistance… That Erases the People Who Were There by Teresa Jusino
#NotMyStonewall: Why I’m Not Giving the Movie “Stonewall” a Chance by Jules Horowitz
Now I will confess, my first thoughts were
However quips aside, it does represent a serious problem with casting choices, it’s insulting not just to the transgender community but to anyone with a brain. The director is essentially saying to the audience “You couldn’t possibly understand what it means to be different, that’s why you need a white guy to act as a translator, you couldn’t possibly figure it out all on your own”. As a Director of a movie or a Writer of a book, if you need a White Male Protagonist for your story to resonate with your audience, then you’re a lazy story-teller and I will not tolerate lazy story-telling.
So, not only will I be boycotting the movie Stonewall, I will be donating $36 (the price of two adult movie tickets) to Transgender Victoria. I feel it’s not enough to boycott movies like Stonewall, more affirmative action is required, especially since tripe like this will continue to be vomited out of Hollywood now that being apart of the GSRM (Gender Sexual and Romantic Minorities) community has become “trendy”. Below are links to various transgender organisations in Australia, if there are any other Australian transgender organisations that readers would like to mention, please let me know in the comments section and I’ll add a link to the post.
Gender Spectrum – It’s an American website but it has lots of useful information, it’s main focus is educating people on the Gender Spectrum and creating safe environments
The Gender Centre – this is a service and community centre for transgender and gender diverse people in New South Wales, Australia
Transgender Victoria – this is a service and community centre for transgender and gender diverse people in Victoria, Australia
Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland Inc. (ATSAQ) – this is a community support group for transgender and gender diverse people in Queensland, Australia
ANZPATH – Australian and New Zealand Professional Association for Transgender Health
The Zoe Belle Gender Centre – a not-for-profit service centre for transgender and genderqueer Victorians.
Genderqueer Australia – Information and networking for non-binary/genderqueer Australians
Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria (ARCV) – Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria run a separate peer support group for transgender people in Melbourne
Genderfork – an online community for the expression of identities across the gender spectrum.
Feminists Fighting Transphobia – this blog was created in response to a distressing increase in organized transphobic activities by certain groups of feminists.The blog has some good articles and links