A documentary on the risks of transgender medical procedures reportedly was pulled from theaters after a pro-trans group complained about the planned screenings.
According to Gay City News, the documentary — “No Way Back: The Reality of Gender-Affirming Care” — was to run June 21 at about 40 AMC Theatres until the Queer Trans Project raised objections to the content.
The QTP issued a public statement Saturday celebrating the cancellation of “No Way Back,” the outlet noted.
“The Queer Trans Project is thrilled to announce a resounding victory in our collective efforts to challenge hate and misinformation,” the statement noted, according to Gay City News. “In less than 24 hours, we received over 1,500 petition signatures and reached over 14,000 individuals on social media through community mobilization and unwavering advocacy. This remarkable achievement demonstrates the power of our united voices and the urgency of defending the rights and dignity of the transgender community.”
The Daily Wire said it reached out to AMC Theatres about the cancellation but did not receive a response.
What else do we know about the documentary?
A press release issued last week announced the screenings and said the documentary was “produced by lifelong California Democrats and LGBT activists” and “takes a non-religious, non-political, and non-ideological look on the subject of gender-affirmative medical practices, the risks and side effects of cross-sex hormones, surgeries, and the long-term health implications of gender medicalization,” the Gay City News said.
A message at the top of the documentary’s website reads, “We’ve been canceled! Intolerant, illiberal, histrionic IGNORANT loudmouths who have not even seen the film have pressured AMC theaters to make the hard decision to cancel our dates! DO NOT LET THEM WIN!”
The site adds that “we will have the film available for streaming and on DVD as soon as possible. SIGN UP FOR UPDATES!”
A link on the documentary’s website leads to a statement about the film as well as a message from Deplorable Films, which headed up the project.
The statement about the film reads:
In response to recent histrionic and intolerant calls for screenings of this important film to be canceled, we will simply respond to the careless assertions made by those behind it.
They call the film ‘right-wing’; this is absurd to the point of being libelous. The filmmakers (some of whom are gay and/or have gay children) are dedicated, life-long, Liberal Democrats. We request any of the detractors to offer actual evidence of them –or this film—being ‘right wing.’
The film is not anti-trans people, nor is it even anti sex change surgery; there are trans people in the film speaking against the sudden rush to powerful drugs and major surgeries that are have increased exponentially in the past decade, and which have statistically caused far more pain and suffering than they’ve prevented.
The “QT Project’s” inference of detransitioning as “conversion therapy” is a weak, underhanded attempt to conflate detransitioning with that despicable and sometimes devastating practice of the past. Nice try, kids. It might be worth noting here that there’s an infamously repressive theocracy on the other side of the globe where ‘gender-affirming’ surgery is the only option given to gay men and women, who may otherwise be executed under law.
Has this “QT” group distanced itself from gay people? Perhaps looking to harm them? The film is very pro-gay. It also makes the point very clearly, that some of the worst harm that ‘gender-affirming care’ is causing is to kids who would otherwise grow up to be happy, well-adjusted gay men and women. Perhaps this is what frightens “The QT Project,” not dissimilar from the theocracy mentioned above.
Or perhaps it is something else; perhaps they are on the payroll of those who profit from this –so much of what they are doing is resulting in the creation of life-long surgical and pharmaceutical patients are doing so to great benefit of certain surgical clinics and pharmaceutical companies.
It is quite evident that those undertaking this crusade against this film have not had the courtesy of seeing it before taking such extreme actions to silence it.
We stand by our filmmakers.
The Daily Wire said one person who appeared in the documentary — a 26-year-old named Abel — told the outlet about his transition to female as a teenager and then his de-transition.
“I would tell anyone who wants to transition, especially the young boys who think life would be easier because they are the perfect image of a masculine male, that the transition will not save them,” Abel told the outlet.
“It would actually destroy their lives. Actually, take a step back and think about this for a while,” Abel added to the Daily Wire. “And even if that is what they think they want—the actual negative side effects, nobody will tell you.”
A woman named Laura also appears in the documentary and told the outlet that she took a high dose of testosterone and got a double mastectomy before de-transitioning at age 22.
“I’m a very vocal advocate of complete bans for transition procedures for minors, both medical and social, because children are not developed,” Laura said, according to the outlet. “They do not have the brains or bodies to be able to make long-term decisions about their reproductive and sexual health, and they just are not able to consent to these long-term procedures.”
Here’s the trailer: