It’s rare for a Hollywood film trailer to be so controversial that it leads people to boycott it, especially when that film aims to portray the struggle and resistance of a marginalized community. Such is the case with Stonewall, a film about the violent riots in 1960s New York City. Overwhelming outrage from the LGBTQ community has ensued since the trailer’s release, prompting an astonishing 22,000 signatures of people who promise to boycott the film, set to release September 25th.
Behind the widespread, negative feedback is a common source of anger: casting choice. If one watched the trailer for Stonewall, one might be fooled into thinking that the Stonewall riots’ “unsung heroes” were brave, cisgender white males. In reality, trans womyn of color, butch lesbians, drag queens, homeless queer people, sex workers, gay, bi, and pansexual people put forth the grunt work to gain visibility at a time when it was effectively illegal to be gay in the United States.