Tuesday, January 05, 2016

BiNet USA supports Tangerine Oscars campaign

Last night BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham, had the pleasure of attending a screening of Tangerine, hosted by Caitlyn Jenner and featuring a talk by Tangerine actress Mya Taylor. For the first time, a trans actress has the opportunity to be nominated for an Academy Award for the portrayal of a trans person!

It was an important event, even more so considering the recent criticism of Caitlyn Jenner by trans community members, and we hope to see more support from Ms. Jenner of grassroots transgender organizers and advocates, particularly those that are trans people of color, like Monica Roberts, Jennicet Gutierrez and Bamby Salcedo. It was incredibly encouraging to see authentic, funny and honest portrayals of trans people in one great film and we can only hope such representation will continue to increase for all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

With that goal in mind, Faith invited Ms. Gutierrez, Ms. Salcedo, bi/trans cartoonist Tara M. Avery, trans journalist and advocate.com's Dawn Ennis and others to join her at the screening in hopes of drawing more support for the Oscar campaign for Tangerine. Many thanks to Brigade Marketing, Magnolia Pictures and Caitlyn Jenner for hosting the event at The Landmark in Los Angeles, CA.

TransLatin@ Coalition co-founder Bamby Salcedo speaking with Tangerine actress Mya Taylor

Tangerine actress Mya Taylor with Jennicet Gutierrez of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Tangerine producers Mark and Jay Duplass look on as Caitlyn Jenner introduces Mya Taylor

Mya Taylor and Caitlyn Jenner
And no screening is complete without Mr. Bradley Whitford.
Mr. Whitford and Faith met late last year at the LGBT Champions of Change event at The White House where the show he currently stars on, Transparent, was screened.

Happy New Year!