[Please see our update below.]
Quist, a LGBTQ history education organization, supports the youth-led boycott of the upcoming movie Stonewall. Please sign on here with others concerned about the whitewashing of our history that the trailer below shows.
However, we also recognize many people will want to see if the film is like the trailer or other reasons. If you are not going to boycott the movie, we call on you to make a matching donation for the amount of your movie ticket to an organization that honors transgender women of color like the Stonewall movie does not appear to do. We suggest donating locally or to one of the following:
- Sylvia Rivera Project
- Trans Women of Color Collective
- Transgender Archives at University of Victoria
- Happy Birthday, Marsha!
Go beyond feeling upset (to put it lightly) that our foremothers have been erased in this Hollywood version of what happened those nights in June 1969. Make August 2015 and beyond a time when they are so supported they can no longer be ignored. Make a donation in the amount of $8.12 (the average movie ticket price in North American) to one of these or another trans-positive organization to offset the profit others will make off of this pinkwashing. Whether you offset your own ticket or a stranger’s, #DonateATicket. Surely we can all share $8.12.
Just as importantly – perhaps even more – to us at Quist is to educate yourself. Queer people need to teach each our history. We rarely learn it at school or from our families of origin. If you don’t know about the Stonewall Rebellion/Riots or its context, go read multiple sources about it. If we only learn from mainstream sources like this new movie, you’re barely scratching the surface of our incredible diversity of stories from all continents, all identities, all fields.
If you only know about Stonewall, go learn about the other centuries of our past. We used these online resources in creating our free mobile app about LGBT history and we hope you find all of the websites, apps, social media pages, etc. empowering.
Update to respond to those who are commenting online (including our Huffington Post piece on the same topic) that it is too early to call for a boycott without seeing the movie: Quist is a LGBTQ youth-serving organization and LGBTQ youth called for this boycott. We saw a vein of unity around this call on social media and we support a youth-led movement and therefore support what youth call for. We also want to clarify that the boycott petition is not by GSA Network, but is instead hosted on a website they have for creating petitions.
We were worried about gay erasure in The Imitation Game based on pre-release interviews and trailer. After we saw it we thought the homosexuality of Alan Turing was handled beautifully and respectfully. The director and lead actor of Stonewall issued statements yesterday that say the movie does actually feature Marsha P. Johnson and a diverse cast. They say to see the movie instead of judging it on the trailer, as others in the LGBTQ community have also commented. We absolutely continue to take our lead from what our youth call for – which is still a boycott – and our addition to the conversation is about #DonateATicket. We call on anyone – seeing the movie or not, as we originally said – to donate the amount of a movie ticket to one of the organizations we suggested. We’ll also note that none of these organizations asked for us to fundraise for them. The point is to honor trans women of color of today, whether they are celebrated in the film or erased from it. We maintain that the trailer alone is offensive and harmful, regardless of what the movie in its entirety shows.