We love having talented artists on the show, and last month the new band Deitre, formed by musicians Richie Bee and Pete Savas, joined Queer State of Mind to talk about making music, their inspirations and more. We aired a bit of their performance live on Facebook, but here is the audio from the whole interview from June - including the debut of two unrecorded songs. Check them out!
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In this special Mo' T segment, we explore how Trans* latinx women are working to make their issues a part of the national conversation, one disruption event at a time. Jennicet Gutierrez, Bamby Salcedo and countless others are working to dismantle the systemic forces of oppression keeping them from living their lives. Issues like immigration, violence against trans* women, lack of legal protections in housing and employment are all factors in the movements that are becoming more and more visible. QueerMinded talked to these powerful women and discuss this newly-rekindled form of activism that's making people talk.
BREAKING: QTPOC Activists Say "cis/whitewashed" "Stonewall" Movie Erases Queer, Trans, POC Participation, Anti-Movie Organzing Ensues
"It's hurtful...it's insulting...it's infuriating...I actually have made the disconcerted effort to not view the trailer," said Elizabeth Marie Rivera, a case worker and activist of trans experience living in New York. "I had a feeling that the trailer...that the movie... was going to be, I'm just going to be plainly honest, garbage." Rivera took to social media shortly after she heard the news, and started posting images on social media explaining her thoughts. The long-time activist, who works with queer and trans youth, made the comparison to James Cameron's "Titanic" and how that fictional story wrapped around the historical event. "Imagine James Cameron filming 'Titanic' with no iceberg," said Rivera. Rivera continued that "Titanic" seemed to stick more to history even with fictional stories, while "Stonewall" seemed to change history for marketing and box-office sales. "The fact that this movie has been made in the way that it has is a good example...a good point to how we're still struggling for visibility, for acknowledgement, for recognition. That we're not even being recognized as being historical figures that created a movement that created rights. And the people who got this started were Marsha P Johnson, Silvia Rivera, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy and others who were there," said Rivera. The IMDB listing for the movie lists a character with the name "Marsha P. Johnson", but is listed far down on the list of characters, in the full cast list on IMDB. Another recognizable name, Ray Castro, is listed as one of the top 5 characters in the movie. Castro, who was born in Puerto Rico, is being played by Puerto Rican actor Johnny Beauchamp according to IMDB records. Emmerich makes a reference in an interview with Vulture that Beauchamp is straight, saying" I think Jeremy did an amazing job playing gay, acting gay, and then there were gay actors who also did an amazing job. It was more about who was the best actor for the part, and I always do it like that." The article also indicated that gays and lesbians were cast, but the one recognizeable trans* character seems to be cast by cis male Brooklyn-born actor of Nigerian heritage Otoja Abit. Beauchamp has also played a trans* identified character on the show Penny Dreadful. The cast list doesn't include Sylvia Rivera or Miss Major. "It's ironic that given the visibility with the trans community that the director would even do this," said Rivera. She noted that with visible trans* storylines becoming more prevalent in media, that it would make sense that the director would want to capitalize on that, and depict more trans* and gender non-conforming people in the initial trailers. Emmerich made a statement on his Facebook page in response to the criticism that the trailer release caused, which also leaves activists like Cordova-Goff unsatisfied. “I hear a lot of 'white savior complex' in that a cis man hears a sad story and thinks it's his responsibility to get the story out there, as if people of Color aren’t trying to do that... for example “Happy Birthday, Marsha!" said Cordova-Goff, in reference to another project in the works focusing on events leading up to that night at Stonewall. And, in light of the attention on "Stonewall" erasing QTPOC stories, many have put the spotlight on that story of legendary activist Marsha P. Johnson co-directed by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel. According to information on the site, the movie is is currently in Post-Production and the film creators are seeking donations to bring it to screen. Cordova-Goff said that supporting movies like "Happy Birthday, Marsha" is really what Hollywood should do to support QTPOC communities. "I honestly think in order to be allies they basically need to be intentional about creating space for people to tell our own stories instead of putting millions towards a white actor telling our story for us," said Cordova-Goff, who said that we need to do a better job of lifting all of our less-visible communities up at once, queer and trans people of color, sex workers, drag queens, all of the most marginalized. And for many who are hopeful that the movie isn't going to be as bad as many think it will be, the biggest impact is that anyone who might watch "Stonewall", they'll come away not knowing the richness of that movement and it's complete diversity. And although Emmerich says that "We are all the same in our struggle for acceptance," Cordova-Goff and others say the interpretation of how he and the writer depicted the events of 1969 shows a clear difference, to the detriment of viewers new to the movement. "They're getting a whitewashed cis-washed version of our actual history. And that’s not doing justice for our communities," said Cordova-Goff. The film is scheduled to debut at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and in wide release thereafter. Until the full movie is released, it's still up for debate how inclusive "Stonewall" will be. But activists like Cordova-Goff and Rivera said that the reality is that our most marginalized communities can't afford to be erased any longer, because their lives depend on it. And whether or not the movie is more accurate than meets the eye, more is to come to make these voices heard, because their communities are still feeling the impact of the injustice, erasure and indifference toward against them - and, as we recognize an alleged 11 murders of trans* women of color this year in America, anti-trans* violence transphobia is still very real and deadly. "It's those types of things that make me realize that we have a long, long, long way to go...and this movie certainly didn't help that," said Rivera.
Who's narrative is it anyway? Transgender women of color started the Stonewall Riot! No movie will erase the true history of the LGBT rights movement. Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera & Miss Major Griffin-Gracy were not background actresses in this movement. They were the leading ladies of this movement. The real revolutionary S.T.A.R.'s! Any movie produced telling you otherwise is a flat out lie! Boycott the @StonewallMovie!!! #WeWillNotBeSilenced #TransHistory #SylviaRivera #MarshaPJohnson #StopTransErasure #TransErasure #StopTheShade #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter #TransIsBeautiful #ABeautifulTransition #Transgender #TWOC #StonewallMovieFake #StonewallMovie #Disaster #BoycottStonewallMovie #STAR #Stonewall #StonewallInn
Part sporting event, part pride festival, all queer - that's the sentiment after launch day of Gay Games 9 in Akron/Cleveland, Ohio. SaRea and Orie took the show on the road to bring you the sights and sounds of the event. (If the soundcloud player does not display, follow this link To catch up on the rest of what happened tonight, and to see what we get into tomorrow, check us out on twitter @queerminded. We've also launched an instagram (@queermindedradio) and Vine (@queerminded) to show what we can't tell.