Despite it's flaws, I urge everyone with an interest in either trangender issues or prostitution issues or both to see the movie Tangerine. Things I find wrong with a movie usually provide many more talking points than one that bowls me over as a work of genius. So, go and be stimulated.
Sean Baker & Shih-Ching Tsou
Kitty & Queen Bee - Photo by Annie Sprinkle
to promote the use of more inclusive and transformative language when addressing issues that relate to our most vulnerable community members' experiences of discriminatory policing.
It would be easy to shrug off Sin-Dee and Alexandra because they are characters in a farce. The strength of Sean Baker's Tangerine is that it calls our attention to a much bigger issue: how prostitution laws ghettoize and disempower those who most need help. Many youths runaway or are thrown away because they are different or queer. Many work in the sex trade as a means of survival. Decriminalize sex work and we help decriminalize difference.
Alexandra & Sin-Dee
With trans people in control of their own narrative, body parts have been considered off limits for discussion. Tangerine presents some trans women of color who not only have male genitalia but who are still diamonds in the rough, not polished gems like Laverne Cox or Janet Mock. Alexandra and Sin-Dee push the limits of acceptance of trans people not only by non trans, cis society, but by other trans people. It's easy to think of them as criminals, first and disposable. They were thrown away once, after all. But don't be confused by Tangerine's entertaining pulp fiction. Trans women have risen up from the streets, though many still work there. They are fierce, juiced, fortified and not to be ignored.
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