Ok so, this is SUPER COOL!
…This would be more attractive if the food on Amtrak wasn’t so awful. …I wonder if we could sweet-talk DB or the SBB into doing something like this…?
ETA: Oh wait. Amtrak then wants all rights to what you write on this poorly-catered jaunt? I DON’T THINK SO.
Goddamnit Amtrak wants the rights to your application materials. NOT what you write while on the train. I don’t see how writing something new (all of 500 words max) for an application for a free cross country trip is unreasonable considering what it normally costs.
Screw it, y’all don’t apply, I will. More room for me.
yeah…. it’s just what you use to apply. read all the words, people.
Or use something you’ve published in the past that you don’t care about being able to republish. There are ways around this folks.
“No free negro shall come, reside in, or be within this state… the legislation shall provide by penal law for the removal of all such negroes and for their exclusion from the state” - Oregon’s 1857 constitution… not “officially” repealed until 1926.. Today Oregon has a black population of 2%.
The Black Portlanders has a goal of introducing the stories and dreams of Black Portlanders to the world. At this moment, I’m in the midst of a great challenge and fight to keep this project going. I am in the last hours of anIndiegogo campaign to fund the continuance of The Black Portlanders. We are raising a total of $15,000 for essential equipment, development funds, and to save a crucial crashed hard drive that holds the entire first 8 months of The Black Portlanders. Yes.
We must reach our goal by 11:59 Monday night. - Intisar Abioto
If you think Jared Leto was the best person for this role, then you do not think very highly of trans people at all. When we cisgender people argue that Jared Leto was the “best choice for the role” we dismiss every single trans actor as an inferior choice for the role. We reinforce the stereotype of being transgender as a “performance” instead of a valid, marginalized, and misunderstood identity. You say Jared Leto is better, but you don’t even know enough about people who are transgender to use the terminology correctly.
You state Jared Leto was chosen for no other reason other than being “the best,” yet you then immediately go on to explain it is because Leto is “already very famous”? Why do you think that is? Perhaps his identity as a cisgender white man in Hollywood has afforded him opportunities denied to trans actors.
Dallas Buyers Club (despite all it’s flaws and stereotypes) was an opportunity for a transgender actor to play a breakthrough role—a role that may have led to other roles or an Oscar, a role that may have helped a trans actor achieve the same level of fame that Leto has.
Pointing out this inequity is not “hate.” Pointing out how this portrayal has harmed trans people by perpetuating stereotypes is not “hate.” Do not try to frame people who have been adversely affected by this performance as the haters. They are not the ones denying opportunities or spreading stereotypes.
This is all very valid and everything but honestly, you’re denying an actor the right to excel and be applauded in a role because of his gender identity? Because that is what is happening to Jared Leto here. And it is also what is being complained about.
You say that we are enforcing the thought of “playing” a trans person. Even if a trans person had gotten the role, they would still be “playing” a trans person, it’s a film for gods sake. The actor being the same gender identity as the character is irrelevant, which is fantastic for trans actors as they can be placed in roles that have nothing to do with them being trans and therefore there is less marginalisation. However, when a cis guys is acting trans, he is criticised for not being the same gender identity?
It would be fantastic to have more mainstream trans actors but that doesn’t make banning someone else from a role right.
You are right, THAT IS FANTASTIC! I wish somebody had told me about this sooner.
I’m going to go turn my TV on now and watch all the trans actors who are out there playing cis roles on television and in movies!
Please wait right here while I do this, okay? I will be right back to report on all the trans actors that I see.
Don’t go anywhere! I am so happy you have told me this good news and I want to share my own excitement with you when I get back from my odyssey into this brave new land of opportunity for trans people.