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‘Ticked Off Trannies With Knives’ protest at Tribeca Film Fest, April 6th

April 5, 2010

From the Facebook group Boycott ‘Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives’ at the Tribeca Film Festival:

Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Trans People (MAGNET)
Press Release: For immediate release April 4, 2010

“Protest/rally Against Tribeca’s Decision to Premiere Transphobic Film “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives”

What: A protest/rally demanding that Tribeca Film Festival remove the transphobic film “Ticked Off Trannies With Knives (TOTWK)”. Melissa Sklarz- Director of New York Trans Rights Organization, celebrities, elected officials & LGBT activists will be speaking. A candle light vigil for trans victims of hate crimes will also be held.

When/Where: Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 6:30-8:00pm @ Tribeca Cinemas @ 54 Varick Street, NYC

Why: The movie makes light of violence and rape against trans women, exploits the high-profile murder of teenager Angie Zapata, includes the pejorative term “trannies” in its title, inaccurately depicts trans women’s identities as drag queen “performers” and “caricatures” and misrepresents the lives of an extremely disenfranchised group who suffer violence at alarming rates.

Kim Pearson, Executive Director of TransYouth Family Allies, says “Negative and stereotyped media portrayals of transgender people hurt the community because Americans still need more education on transgender issues. The images in this film (TOTWK) make a mockery of their lives. I want more for my child and all transgender people.”

“The transsexual and transgender communities are all too often the victims of violence, marginalization and discrimination as a result of inaccurate media depictions like this film, which is offensive, dehumanizing and misogynistic and causes further misunderstanding and harm to an already dangerously oppressed minority group”, states Ashley Love, Organizer of Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Trans People (MAGNET).

MAGNET had a meeting with staff at Tribeca Center on Friday, March 26, educating them about why this film is extremely problematic and dehumanizing. They refused to remove the film or make a statement that they don’t endorse the oppression of transsexual and transgender women, so MAGNET is now organizing a protest/rally, in association with Families United Against Hate, International Foundation For Gender Education, New York Trans Rights Organization, World Gender Coalition and Remembering Our Dead, to demand that they remove the film, and to draw attention to injustices trans people face in everyday life and in the media. Many trans advocates, trans organizations, women’s groups and allies voiced their concerns to GLAAD, expressing they needed aggressive action. GLAAD issued an uncompromising and strong petition & call to action demanding that Tribeca remove the film:

To support or endorse protest on Tuesday, receive information about issues raised or press questions, or become involved in anti-defamation/media work for the transsexual and transgender communities:
CONTACT: Organizer of MAGNET: Ashley Love- Email:

Join the “Boycott TOTWK” Facebook page & find more info/articles on the story:!/group.php?gid=106926329329724

For info/articles on issues raised: Ashley Love’s blog:

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.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2010 12:24 pm

    Word, Jane, and I plan to be there.

    Also, I did a post for Shakesvill about refuting some of the sillier arguments people muster in defense of this horrorshow. (Hint: being a throwback to “blaxploitation” films isn’t funny when you’re on the “sploitator” side of things.)

  2. April 7, 2010 8:17 am

    Hope the action went well!

    Thanks for the link to your piece, too, it is awesome and I’ll be forwarding people to it.

  3. thaum permalink
    January 24, 2011 1:23 am

    Guess what? They’re going to be showing this at the Mardi Gras Film Festival in Australia. Yippee.

    I think they’re thinking they’re being trans-inclusive with this horror.

  4. November 1, 2011 9:37 am

    Just commenting on your name, sweet jane :): Wow, you ARE hard-core Glam. That is a great Slade song!

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