TO Transfolk

Dear Q Cinema Patron, please consider this handout especially if you decide to view “Ticked off Tra**ies With Knives” (TO*WK)

**THIS MOVIE GROSSLY MISREPRESENTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE**

Transgender people lack adequate representation in legitimate cinema. Therefore, TO*WK’s potential for negative stereotyping damage is exponentially multiplied in that:

1) The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and glorifies grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.

2) Although TO*WK positions itself in the transgender narrative, it isn’t really even about transfolk as a whole.

3) “Tranny” is a pejorative word. This movie suggests the caviler use of the word is acceptable.

5) TO*WK has been billed as a revenge fantasy mixed with camp humor. Most movies suspend reality for the viewer, but because the transgender community more commonly experience violence, this movie fails to be humorous.

The real transgender woman or man is a blessing. We are loving, considerate, intelligent and most of all, we are not expendable or violent caricatures. Please bring that knowledge home with you when you leave and the next time you chance to meet a transgender person may you regard her or him differently.

Pamela and I feel the meat of our message is contained in this handout. With the correct font it will convey our talking points well.

If you agree I will send this and our longer statement to Stephanie Stevens for word checks.

— On Sat, 5/15/10, Pamela Curry wrote:

From: Pamela Curry
Subject: Re: Hand out

To: “Kelli Busey”

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 12:28 PM

Looks great; enlarge the fonts for impact make sure it just fills the page

On 5/15/2010 12:24 PM, Kelli Busey wrote:

Dear Q Cinema Patron, please consider this about “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives”(TO*WK).

**THIS MOVIE GROSSLY MISREPRESENTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE**

Transgender people lack adequate representation in legitimate cinema. Therefore, TO*WK’s potential for negative stereotyping damage is exponentially multiplied in that:

1) The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and glorifies grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.

The number of Transgender Deaths had doubled in 2009 since the previous TDOR. As of November 2009 there had been 101 deaths, calculated for the same time frame the year before there were 47 http://bit.ly/aEqSxm

Satistics: Transgender Day of Remberance

http://www.transgenderdor.org/?page_id=4

The National Transgender Center for Transgender Equality Discrimination Survey conducted with The Task Force, found that 97% of the respondents had been harassed or mistreated on the job and 26% had been fired. http://www.transequality.org/

2) Although TO*WK positions itself in the transgender narrative, it isn’t really even about transfolk as a whole.

3) “Tranny” is a pejorative word when used in a defamatory manner. This movie suggests the caviler use of the word is acceptable.

5) TO*WK has been billed as a revenge fantasy mixed with camp humor. Most movies suspend reality for the viewer, but because the transgender community more commonly experience violence, this movie fails to be humorous.

The real transgender woman or man is a blessing. We are loving, considerate, intelligent and most of all, we are not expendable or violent caricatures. Please bring that knowledge home with you when you leave and the next time you chance to meet a transgender person may you regard her or him differently.

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Pamela and I feel the meat of our message is contained in this handout. With the correct font it will convey our talking points well.

If you agree I will send this and our longer statement to Stephanie Stevens for word checks.

— On Sat, 5/15/10, Pamela Curry wrote:

From: Pamela Curry
Subject: Re: Hand out

To: “Kelli Busey”

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010, 12:28 PM

Looks great; enlarge the fonts for impact make sure it just fills the page

On 5/15/2010 12:24 PM, Kelli Busey wrote:

Dear Q Cinema Patron, please consider this about “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives”(TO*WK).

**THIS MOVIE GROSSLY MISREPRESENTS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE**

Transgender people lack adequate representation in legitimate cinema. Therefore, TO*WK’s potential for negative stereotyping damage is exponentially multiplied in that:

1) The film, its title and its marketing misrepresent the lives of transgender women and glorifies grotesque, exploitative depictions of violence in ways that make light of the horrific brutality they all too often face.

2) Although TO*WK positions itself in the transgender narrative, it isn’t really even about transfolk as a whole.

3) “Tranny” is a pejorative word. This movie suggests the caviler use of the word is acceptable.

5) TO*WK has been billed as a revenge fantasy mixed with camp humor. Most movies suspend reality for the viewer, but because the transgender community more commonly experience violence, this movie fails to be humorous.

The real transgender woman or man is a blessing. We are loving, considerate, intelligent and most of all, we are not expendable or violent caricatures. Please bring that knowledge home with you when you leave and the next time you chance to meet a transgender person may you regard her or him differently.

Editor in Chief at

Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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