Trans representation in Hollywood

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 Amid the backlash from the LGBT+ community regarding Scarlett Johansson’s role in the film Rub & Tug,  The transgender community has expressed concern about opportunities to tell our own stories when films like these are made. We feel that it is not only unethical, but aggressive erasure of our existence. 

  Transgender people face a myriad of struggles during transition which include invalidation, employment discrimination, access to medical benefits, among many others. I am creating this petition because I happen to know a transgender person that I feel would be perfect for this role. He is a bright and very talented young (trans) man who has experience in stage acting and has had a small role in a film to be released this fall. It’s called The Onania Club. Directed by Tom Six, and produced by Ilona Six. 

Ashton Brandon Brown bears a strong resemblance to Dante “Tex” Gill, and I have no doubt that he will steal the hearts of many in an accurate representation of our community. We are not asking for a handout, and we don’t need special accommodation. We only ask that he have a chance to read for the part. 

Thank you, and Best Regards to all.