This is what the cast of a Stonewall movie should look like, not what’s being cast.
These are just a few of the beautiful, incredible, unbelievably brave people who made our movement possible. Pay respect to the people who were involved in the Stonewall Riots by boycotting this planned whitewashed film about cis gay men and drag queens because it’s false and disrespectful to the trans women of color and the other extremely important marginalized groups that sparked the movement we have and benefit from today. Don’t allow this movie to further perpetuate the whitewashing of history and lies about who really was fighting in the Stonewall Riots.
I wasn’t aware there was going to be a film in 2016 about the Stonewall Riots.
I’m very upset that this won’t be a serious look at what happened. I’m upset that Marsha P. Johnson - my personal hero - will likely not be paid the time of day in this film.
So, I’m going to lay some facts down here for some people to pick up.
Marsh was a black trans drag queen, and it was she who had enough. She picked up the first brick and threw it, and incited the Riots. She was a fierce social activist, and a beacon of the time. She was murdered, and her body was thrown into the river. She was found floating and the police deemed it a “suicide”. Her murderer was never found.
See, this movie, could explore her. Her life, her tragedy and how really fucked up it was that this wonderful woman who started the gay revolution in America was done so wrong. It really upsets me that most LGBTQ people I know don’t even know her name. They don’t even know, what this woman did for them. What she started. What she had been fighting for all her life, in a more difficult time.
But this movie won’t explore that. While I respect Emmerich, this is just more erasure, and on such a devastating scale.
So, I want people to please go watch the documentaries “Before Stonewall” and “After Stonewall”, so you can understand what’s going on. You can also check out “Paris is Burning” which is a documentary about the underground ball culture.
Her name was Marsha P. Johnson. She was a black, trans, drag queen. She was murdered. She is my hero, because if not for her we would not have what we do today.