Trans Casting Statement
In the last year we have witnessed how a pandemic has halted the media, arts and culture industries and left the future of them uncertain, and amongst the silence we have seen a resurgence of BLM protests and transphobic high court rulings. For most people this is just a moment or a fading memory, it is important that as our industries start to awaken and the dust of the last year starts to settle we prioritise communities that have given culture and life to the very essence of theatre and recorded arts. Trans, nonbinary and GNC folks are now more than ever less likely to persue a career in the media, arts and culture sector due to the lack of visibility and discrimination, we know that it takes more than representation to scrub the stains of a white supremacist structure but visibility matters, it gives hope and the courage to exist.
Visibility can play a role in positive social change. The exclusion and dangerous misrepresentation of trans, nonbinary and GNC folks in the media, arts and culture sector has been weaponized to cause harm, violence and pain. The arts and recorded media should be accessible and safe for all. A commitment to this statement is a first step towards making things better.
If you would like to understand more about anti-trans violence, here are some articles and reports we have found: