Thursday, August 27, 2015

BiNet USA Prez to speak at Stonewall film education rally

BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham will join professors, historians, noted advocates and community leaders like Ashley Love and Jennicet GutiĆ©rrez to speak outside Warner Brothers Studios (the film’s distributor) as part of an education rally about the forthcoming movie, Stonewall.

From Stonewalling Accurate & Inclusive Depictions (S.A.I.D.):
S.A.I.D.’s education rally highlights the misinformation and revisionism depicted in ‘Stonewall’, a film highly disputed for its whitewashing, Hollywood trans-face casting, gay-washing, bi-erasure and trans-erasure. 
Affirming Her True Story, Not His Revisionist Glory: An Education Rally
August 27th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Warner Brothers Studios, 3400 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, Ca. 91505 (Edu-Rally held outside building)
More info: - #NotYourProp
Along with trans erasure, there continue to be concerns surrounding the erasure of bisexuals from Stonewall, including the erasure of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson identifying as trans and bi, as well as the erasure of their friend and colleague Brenda Howard, one of the founding mother's of the bisexual movement.

Photos from joint Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) + Gay Liberation Front (GLF) protest for an end of oppressive treatment of LGBTQ Patients at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital (Fall 1970 credit Richard C. Wandel). Bisexual Activist Brenda Howard, GLF (standing far left, pigtails + glasses); Gay Activist Bob Kohler, GLF (sitting 2nd left, light hair); Trans*Bi Activist Sylvia Rivera, STAR + GLF (sitting 3rd left, dark hair). Read more on the BiHistory Tumblr.

In a review of the recent book Stonewall, Sarah Stumpf of the Bisexual Books Tumblr writes,
The final blow of erasure and inaccuracy concerns Brenda Howard.   In Bausum’s telling of the story, the bisexual woman who founded that first Christopher Street Liberation March, aka The Mother Of Pride just doesn’t exist.  Instead all credit for the commemorative marches and subsequent political and cultural achievements of pride is given exclusively to her gay male cohort Craig Russell.  To be clear, everything I’ve seen indicates that Russell and Howard co-planned several of the earliest marches, but to give him exclusive credit is appalling.  Brenda Howard continued working with what we now call pride parades (as well as other activism) long after Russell moved on. The blunt truth is that without Brenda’s dedication to the march every year until her death in 2005, there is little doubt that Pride as we know it would not exist. - Read the whole review
Inaccurate depictions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history hurt lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Lesbian women like Storme Delarverie were also instrumental in the events leading up to the rebellion at Stonewall that night and should have their voices remembered too.

In light of the tremendous loss of life being experienced by Black transgender women in the U.S. right now, it is particularly important that this film create opportunities to celebrate the STARS of LGBT history like Black trans icon Marsha P. Johnson.

Let's send a strong message of support for our trans brothers, sisters and gender non-conforming siblings whenever and however we can. You can start by signing this petition on!

If you're in LA, join Faith tonight!