AMC Theaters canceled screenings of a documentary that showcases the experience of detransitioners following a pressure campaign by the Queer Trans Project.
The film, “No Way Back: The Reality of Gender-Affirming Care,” tells the story of five young people who detransitioned after undergoing medical treatment in an attempt to change their gender.
The film also features medical experts talking about the “harm” caused by medical professionals pushing and promoting transitions.
The film’s producers say AMC dropped screenings that were due to start on June 21 following pressure from the band, who weren’t given access to the entire film and therefore based their assessment exclusively on the trailer. and the press surrounding the film.
AMC hasn’t made an official statement about the film’s withdrawal, but Fox reported that a source with insight into the move claimed it was made due to poor ticket sales.
One of the detransitioners featured in the film, Laura Becker, spoke to Fox & Friends on Monday about the film’s apparent suffocation.
“I think it’s incredibly dangerous to set this precedent of suppressing free speech, suppressing viewpoints that are fundamentally unpopular or difficult to deal with,” she said.
The Queer Trans Project is a nationwide group that, among other things, sends “Build-a-Queer kits” to transitioning LGBTQ+ people, which include chest binders and duct tape.
The group launched an aggressive online campaign to encourage protesters to send letters to AMC executives to pull the documentary’s release.
When the film was pulled from theaters ahead of its scheduled June 21 release date, the band posted a message on their Instagram page that read, “We did it!” Our community’s swift action is a testament to the power of advocacy and the importance of raising our voices against harmful content.
“Your collective efforts have had a significant impact, and the decision to remove No Way Back from AMC Theaters is a step towards fostering a more inclusive and respectful environment.
“Thank you for your dedication and commitment to creating positive change.”
Becker said she thought the film was important because it showed the importance of dealing with mental health issues rather than jumping straight into transgender medical treatment.
The Queer Trans Project celebrated its successful lobbying campaign to have the film removed from theaters
The film released a statement reacting to its cancellation on its website.
Becker began her transition to manhood when she was a teenager. She took testosterone and had her breasts removed before deciding to detransition at age 22.
“I think there’s a large-scale eradication of boundaries and common sense, especially when it comes to children’s developmental health,” she said, reflecting on her own experience.
“They’re accelerated on a treadmill-like system to undergo surgery and hormones that create permanent damage instead of solving their real mental health issues.”
Becker went on to say that she thought the question was non-partisan, but she was grateful the Conservatives were speaking up.
“There are a lot of moderates, liberals, and independents, like me and the filmmakers, who are just trying to raise awareness about mental health issues and medical ethics,” she said.
“It’s not political, it’s pro-gay. It’s pro, you know, neurodivergent acceptance, all sorts of so-called liberal or progressive values. But in this case, borders are being crossed to harm people, and liberals are afraid to talk about it.
On the movie websitea large banner reads: “We’ve been canceled! Intolerant, illiberal, histrionic, IGNORANT loudmouths who haven’t even seen the movie have pressured AMC Theaters to make the difficult decision to cancel our dates! DON’T LET THEM WIN!’
Cat – one of the five people portrayed in the film – discusses the choice of detransition
Laura Becker told Fox & Friends she thought AMC pulling the film was a suppression of free speech
A statement from Deplorable Films, the film’s distribution company, backed the filmmakers and said they would support the film.
“The filmmakers (some of whom are gay and/or have gay children) are dedicated lifelong Liberal Democrats,” the statement read.
“The film is not anti-trans, or even anti-gender reassignment surgery; there are trans people in the film speaking out against the sudden rush of powerful drugs and major surgeries that [have] exponentially increased over the past decade, and which have statistically caused far more pain and suffering than they have prevented.
The website says the film will be available for streaming and DVD “as soon as possible.”
AMC has not made an official statement on the set of the film. The film was set to open in an unknown number of theaters, but was set to play in many major cities. A message released last week by those responsible for the film said it was set to play in cities including Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
A total of 27 states had to show the film in at least one theater.