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Transgender Rights: Legal Battle with IMDb – Film Fridays

Supports of a new lawsuit against IMDb are calling for new regulation to be mandated of the site to properly protect the privacy of performers, and to stop publishing personal information without consent. Making public personal information such as birthday, age, birth names of transgender performers is damaging both to a performers career and life. SAG-AFTA president Gabrielle Carteris explained that she might not have been cast in the 1990s T.V. hit-show, “Beverly Hills 90210,” as the high school valedictorian and newspaper editor Andrea Zuckerman had her actual age been known at the time. She was 29 when she was cast to play the 15-year-old student.

The suit was filed by SAG-AFTA, the National LGBTQ Task Force, the country’s oldest national LGBTQ advocacy group; GLAAD; the Transgender Law Center; the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund; Transcend Legal, Inc.; and Equality Federation. They are appealing a 2018 “ruling barring California’s legislation from requiring that subscription entertainment database sites remove an actor’s age if requested by the actor.” U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria issued the ruling on Feb. 20, 2018, backing IMDb’s 2016 lawsuit attempting to invalidate California bill AB 1687, saying it was unconstitutional. The growing list of backers includes the AARP, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, California Labor Federation, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Berkeley Law Professor Catherine Fisk. They are all calling for new regulation to be mandated of IMDb for the protection of performer privacy.


– Excerpt from an article for Variety by Dave Mcnary. Find the full article here



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