THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — An Irish transgender advocacy group is taking on a cell phone provider Meteor Mobile Communication for exploiting trans people in television commercials promoting their products.
Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) say these commercials are dehumanizing and are being used for cheap laughs. The commercial has reportedly been widely shown on both satellite and terrestrial TV. TENI has filed a complaint with Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland and YouTube and have begun a public awareness campaign to get the commericials off the air.
TENI’s Broden Giambrone: “Ireland’s trans community should not be used for cheap laughs. In a recent health survey, 40% of trans people in Ireland had attempted suicide at least once. . . . Trans people are among the most marginalised people in Ireland. They are Irish residents and taxpayers, and are still not recognised by the State in their true gender. They are not accorded their basic human rights.”
TENI was a force in getting another trans exploitation commercial banned earlier this year in May. I wrote about that here: http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/uk-ad-watchdog-bans-spot-the-stallions-from-the-mares-tv-commercial/
More about the TENI campaign: http://www.teni.ie/news-post.aspx?contentid=647
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