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CALL 4 TRANS ACTIVIST 2 PROTEST TRANSPHOBIC FILM

by Carolina Sunday, Jul. 15, 2007 at 7:24 AM

CALL TO ACTION TO ALL TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES: Attend THE GENDERCATOR screening and hold the gay and lesbian community accountable! On Saturday, July 21st, Outfest at 6:00pm, at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Riku Matsuda. The address for the Village is: 1125 N. McCadden Place Los Angeles, CA 90038

CALL TO ACTION TO ALL TRANS PEOPLE AND ALLIES: Attend THE GENDERCATOR

screening and hold the gay and lesbian community accountable!



On Saturday, July 21st, Outfest will screen THE GENDERCATOR, a film that has

been widely criticized as being highly transphobic. We, concerned members of

the trans community, call on all transpeople and trans-allies to attend the

screening and make their voices heard!



Background:



THE GENDERCATOR is a story of a hypothetical future where all people are

given the choice of changing gender, but must pick one of two rigid binary

norms. The director of the film herself had this to say about the film

"Things are getting very strange for women these days. More and more often

we see young heterosexual women carving their bodies into porno Barbie dolls

and lesbian women altering themselves into transmen. Our distorted cultural

norms are making women feel compelled to use medical advances to change

themselves, instead of working to change the world. This is one story,

showing one possible scary future. I am hopeful that this story will foster

discussion about female body modification and medical ethics."



Outfest's controversial screening of THE GENDERCATOR follows a string of

controversies around screenings of THE GENDERCATOR at other gay and lesbian

film festivals. San Francisco's Frameline chose to remove the film from

their festival while New York's New Festival faced strong criticism but

chose to go forward with the screening. Outfest, upon hearing about

controversies at other festivals, removed mentions of THE GENDERCATOR from

all its printed and online publications, but did not remove it from its film

festival. Now, Outfest has chosen to go forward with screening this film,

while giving almost no notice to the transgender community.



We feel this film and Outfest's decision to screen it raise fundamental

questions about our LGBT communities:



- Why do stories that perpetuate transphobia, racism, sexism, and other

oppresive dynamics continue to get told in the queer community?



- Why are transpeople's personal decisions continually critiqued by the gay

and lesbian community as being reactionary, patriarchal, and unfeminist?



- Why are transpeople's stories silenced, while transphobic films are given

a platform out of fear of "censorship"?



- Why do LGBT institutions continue to prioritize gay and lesbian interests

over the needs of the trans-people and other marginalized communities?



Now it's your turn to tell Outfest and the gay and lesbian community that

trans-people demand answers!



THE GENDERCATOR screening will take place ****Saturday, July 21st ** at

6:00pm, at the Village at Ed Gould Plaza. The screening will be followed by

a panel discussion moderated by Riku Matsuda. The address for the Village

is:



1125 N. McCadden Place

Los Angeles, CA 90038



Please arrive early so that we can be ready and organized.



We look forward to seeing everyone on the 21st!



Note: If you can't make the screening, you can still give input to Outfest

by calling them at (213) 480-7088 or e-mailing them at outfest@outfest.org.

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