Tell ABC That Playing off of the Fears and Negative Stereotypes of Transgender Women is NOT FUNNY

The ABC Show, ‘Work It’ is at the Expense of Real Transgender Women

The so called “humor” of Work It’ derives from the fact that two “men in dresses “are somehow able to convince their coworkers and the people around them that they are women. We think using the myths about transgender women, negative stereotypes, images, and these depictions to be “humorous,” are actually dehumanizing and degrading to transgender women.

For many of us, coming out as transgender is a struggle and for some a life long struggle. Transgender women experience real discrimination and sometimes violence in places of employment and in public spaces like stores, restaurants, hotels, and public transit to name just a few.

Here in Massachusetts:

• 58% of trans people were verbally harassed in hotels, restaurants, buses, airports and government agencies

• 18% of trans people were physically assaulted in accessing public accommodations such as public transit, stores, and parks

What you can do – Contact ABC and tell them NO to Transphobia and to Ask them pull “Work it” from its upcoming line up, because it is dehumanizing to transgender women.

· Send them an email through their site- http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

· Or call (818) 460-7477 and then press 1 for ABC television network and then press 2 to get to ABC shows then press 2 again to get to prime time directory then press 960 to leave a short message executive producers of “Work It”

· Or send them a letter:
ABC, Inc.
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4551

Here is what ABC has to say about audience feedback:

“We do, however, value your comments and suggestions. Seriously! What you say shapes what we do. So please keep saying it!”

So let’s shape this station and get “Work It” pulled!

More info on those who are speaking out about this show:

ABC Show, ‘Work It,’ Finds ‘Humor’ at Expense of Real Transgender People

Work It, ABC’s New Show, Condemned by LGBT Groups