British comedian Avery Edison (@aedison) was detained by Immigration officials at Pearson Airport last night. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have any idea what to do with trans people. Begin horribleness.
Here you go. Let’s boost the signal people. I’ll try and add details as I get them.
Making sure that everyone on the Tumblr end of things is aware of Avery Edison's situation with the Toronto Airport, who apparently has no idea how to deal with a transgendered woman and has detained her in an actual correctional facility. No update in 8 hours.
“Push it in. C’mon, I know you can do it. It’s real tight. Just push it in hard. Oh yeah, that’s it.”—My wife directing me while I try to plug the laptop into her childhood bedroom’s ancient electrical plug.
Step 1: Go through the projects you’re already working on and change a bunch of the characters’ first names to women’s names. With one stroke you’ve created some colorful unstereotypical female characters that might turn out to be even more interesting now that they’ve had a gender switch. What if the plumber or pilot or construction foreman is a woman? What if the taxi driver or the scheming politician is a woman? What if both police officers that arrive on the scene are women — and it’s not a big deal?
Step 2: When describing a crowd scene, write in the script, “A crowd gathers, which is half female.” That may seem weird, but I promise you, somehow or other on the set that day the crowd will turn out to be 17 percent female otherwise. Maybe first ADs think women don’t gather, I don’t know.
And there you have it. You have just quickly and easily boosted the female presence in your project without changing a line of dialogue.
Sitting in a restaurant at the Calgary airport, waiting for my mac-n-cheese to arrive. Then I’ll head to my hotel and get ready to spend the next four days filming dog-sledding, downhill skiing, ice-climbing, sleigh-riding, skating, and snowball-fighting in the Canadian Rockies.