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Glenn Close’s “Albert” Brings Transgender Identity To The Red Carpet

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According to Pink Life, transphobic hatred in Turkey is so widespread that transrights activists are specifically targeted because of their efforts. They wrote, “as trans activists, our freedom of movement is prevented, our freedom of expression is limited and we are faced with social exclusion and violence. In short, we are being ‘hated’ just because of our existence!”

That about sums up transphobia: fear of an entire group of people, just because they exist.

So Kemal and I started a Care2 petition to the Turkish government, demanding that they protect the rights of all their transgender citizens and that they drop pending charges against three pink life activists who were arbitrarily detained and beaten for their transrights activism.

Glenn Close clearly succeeded in provoking important conversations and placing transgender identity on the red carpet. But for the trans women who were almost lynched in Turkey and for the thousands of other victims of transphobic hate crimes, the world is changing too slowly. The number of reviews I read that called the film’s lead character “creepy” and “un-relatable”, or referred to Albert as “it,” rather than “him,” was in itself disturbing and sad.

We will know things have really changed when a trans actor wins an Oscar for playing a leading male role, and hir sex-at-birth is not even mentioned. Until then, while Ms. Close thanks the Academy, I would like to thank the brave transrights activists, like Kemal Ordek at Pink Life, who risk their lives every day to speak up for transfolk, even though no one is giving them golden awards or celebrating their hard work in front of millions.

If you would also like to express your gratitude or solidarity to the transrights activists at Pink Life, please do so in the comments below.

If you feel compelled to add your name to Pink Life’s call for equal rights and freedoms in Turkey, please take a moment and sign our petition.

And just in case, if you are Glenn Close, and while accepting your award you feel inspired to mention the thousands of transrights activists working today against the same forces of hatred and ignorance that Albert withstood…this is your moment.


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1:23PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

Whilst I applaud the inclusion and acceptance of anybody and everyone - I think a little reading comprehension is in order here. People seem to be under the impression that this is a movie about transgender people and issues. It is not. It is a film about sexism - faced by women. A movie in which women are forced to pretend to be men in order to exist and prosper in a mans world.

"Meeting Hubert propels Albert into pursuing a long held dream of owning a successful tobacco shop, despite laws against women’s ownership."

The author of this piece has made a fairly successful attempt at using this movie to discuss some important issues regarding inclusion and human rights - however it is misleading to call this a movie about transgender people. The inability of people to comprehend what they are reading has always been a sore spot with me - sorry for the interruption/reality check - carry on carrying on people. :)

12:58PM PDT on Mar 14, 2012

I'm not sure why the gender-neutral pronouns are needed... although they do sound intriguing. A transgender person feels like a man or a woman, so shouldn't we address them accordingly?

3:08AM PST on Feb 29, 2012

Thanks Glen.

11:59AM PST on Feb 28, 2012

this is another reason why i love ms close. trans rights are very important and sadly many transgender people are even discriminated agianst in the gay community. they are people too and i cant even begin to imagine what it would feel like to have my body and mind not match and the kind of pain that causes

7:09PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

I really want to see this film thank you Glen Close

1:13PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Bravo, Glenn!

9:43AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Thanks to Glenn Close for making the world aware of transgenders---everyone has a right to be---in this world!

1:54AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

You go Glenn! :)

12:54AM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Thanks for the article.

2:57PM PST on Feb 25, 2012

Go Glenn

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