After meeting with members of our coalition the New Group has released the following statement:
To SALGA, GAPIMNY, Q-WAVE, QASAPI, and NQAPIA
Thank you for meeting with us the other day. It was very valuable to hear your perspective and to talk through the issues that you raised.
We would like to state that we understand and appreciate the seriousness of your concerns about the depiction of violence directed at transgender and queer people, particularly in the light of the epidemic of violence against transgender and queer people of color here in New York City and around the world. We truly value the work that groups like SALGA, GAPIMNY, Q-WAVE, QASAPI, and NQAPIA do to make things safer for this community.
We deeply regret that some elements of the story in the musical we have presented, BUNTY BERMAN PRESENTS…, inadvertently caused pain to members of your community. We stand by our artists and their work, whose work was created and intended with the greatest respect and love for trans and queer culture, as well as for the Indian culture that it depicts. But we are sorry that there were things in the piece that did not come across to you in that spirit, and are saddened by that effect. At the same time, we are glad for the chance to look more closely at these issues, and we look forward to finding constructive ways to address them in the future.
Scott Elliott, Ian Morgan and The New Group