The upcoming film Tomboy: A Revenger’s Tale is causing a controversy among LGBT activist groups, and most notable among them is GLAAD, which is calling the plotline of the planned movie “disappointing” for its “sensationalistic” depiction of gender-confirmation surgeries.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film from director Walter Hill centers on an assassin (played by bisexual actress Michelle Rodriguez) who is seeking revenge on a surgeon (played by LGBT ally and Prayers for Bobby star Sigourney Weaver) for being turned from a man into a woman.
The chief criticism of Tomboy is that it makes light of the various forms of gender-confirmation surgery trans people undergo to align their physical bodies with their innate gender.
“We haven't read the script, but it's disappointing to see filmmakers turning what is a lifesaving medical procedure for transgender people into a sensationalistic plot device,” Nick Adams, GLAAD's director of programs for transgender media, said in a statement to THR.
“We are at a crucial moment in the public's understanding of transgender issues, and stories like these have the potential to undermine the progress we've worked so hard to achieve.”