This is called “tone policing.” When a cis actor like Jared Leto uses the slur “tra**y” in an interview we are going to have a strong NO!
Trans actors don’t need that cultural training. They live it.
We don’t mention pitchforks so we can’t control people imagining that we are coming with pitchforks. That’s them projecting their own fears, and has been throughout history. There were plenty of people who didn’t want to liberate slaves because they feared the slaves would rise up and kill them for what they had done. Men didn’t want to give women power because it would diminish theirs. Some straight people do not want to give gay people the same rights to marry because it “destroys the sanctity of their marriage.”
The people who imagine pitchforks are the ones using pitchforks to keep someone oppressed.
Privileged people seeing others ask for rights see “DESTRUCTION.” Because the status quo is safe and good and change is scary.
People who own everything don’t want to give up anything, they construct fake slippery slopes and false equivalencies. We are simply asking why if trans stories are valuable and worth telling, why can’t trans people be represented in those stories?
If they are not valuable, stop telling them incorrectly, we’ll tell them ourselves. If they are valuable, then you’re exploiting them.
Trans people being represented in trans stories doesn’t require pitchforks at all. What are people who say “NO!” even fighting for?
We are acting for trans people to have representation in trans stories. That is it. If anyone believes that trans people should be played by cis people, why?
There is nothing scary about what we are doIng. We are an organization of 45 trans TV and film professionals who want equality and representation in our own stories.
We want kids to see people like them on screen, interviews, and maybe awards shows. So those kids can dream a little bigger. So their parents can see that their trans child isn’t doomed to a miserable life. It is very important to us as a culture.
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” - Ghandi