April 23, 2010CONTACT:Ashley Love, Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Trans People (MAGNET)Email: email@example.com
Advocates hold Education Rally @ Tribeca Film “Ticked Off Tra**ies with Knives” Premiere
WHAT: An education rally to raise awareness about the anti-trans film “Ticked Off Tra**ies With Knives” (TOTWK). LGBT advocates and allies to speak out against the film which is set to appear at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. A candlelight vigil to honor victims of anti-trans violence will be held after the rally.
WHO: Melissa Sklarz, Director of New York Trans Rights Organization, Ashley Love- Organizer of MAGNET & Trans Advocate, Jay Kallio from Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDF),
WHEN/WHERE: Friday April 23. Location: 181 2nd Ave NYC- Village East Cinemas8pm-10pm- rally, speakers, vigil11-30pm - re-gather and rally12am- Movie premiere starts, but we will be passing out educational flyers
WHY: TOTWK makes light of anti-trans violence and rape, promotes the pejorative, anti-trans slur ‘tra**y’, and misrepresents, stigmatizes & dehumanizes the lives of transsexual and transgender women everywhere. Despite staunch outcry from the trans community, the film is set to appear at this year’s coveted Tribeca Film Festival.Tribeca Film Festival officials have refused to remove TOTWK from its 2010 program. MAGNET is now organizing an education rally, in association with New York Trans Rights Organization and Transcend Boston, that will draw attention to the injustices and oppression trans people face every day.
“The unhealthy stigma and misrepresentation that this film inspires generates misunderstanding and resistance against trans Americans in a country that seriously lacks education, rights and acceptance of trans people”, states Ashley Love, Organizer of MAGNET.
Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Trans People (MAGNET) is an anti-defamation organization dedicated to educating the media about transsexual and transgender issues, as well as pushing for more authentic and positive portrayals of trans people in the media.