The Trash Goes Out on Tuesday

With heart and humor, actress and comedian Tuesday Thomas takes you on the journey of her life: growing up trans in the 70s when there was no road to follow, escaping a lunatic ex-husband, and surviving killer boobs.

When no one is around to show you the way, you blaze your own trail to find your truth.

  • Tuesday Thomas
    Director
    Tuesday's Trash, Catastrophe Anthem
  • Jesse Orrall
    Director
    Very Vérité, Carghost
  • Tuesday Thomas
    Writer
    Tuesday's Trash, Catastrophe Anthem
  • Tuesday Thomas
    Producer
    Tuesday's Trash, Catastrophe Anthem
  • Jesse Orrall
    Producer
    Very Vérité, Carghost
  • Tuesday Thomas
    Key Cast
    "Tuesday's Trash, Catastrophe Anthem"
  • Missy Pielow
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Sal Cosentino
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Ashley Roam
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Robert Munroe
    Key Cast
    "Self"
  • Erik Escobar
    Key Cast
  • Soren Royer-McHugh
    Key Cast
  • Robert Conroy
    Key Cast
  • Tuesday Thomas
    Camera Operators
  • Jesse Orrall
    Camera Operators
    Very Vérité, Carghost
  • CJ Soriano
    Camera Operators
  • Dakota Freeman
    Animators
  • Jesse Orrall
    Editors
    Very Vérité, Carghost
  • Missy Pielow
    Executive Producers
  • Steven Duplicity Roberts
    Executive Producers
  • Minica Casbara
    Sound Designer
  • Tuesday Thomas
    Production Designer
    Tuesday's Trash, Catastrophe Anthem
  • Lee Chabowski
    Music
  • Tuesday Thomas
    Costume Designer
    Tuesday's Trash, Catastrophe Anthem
  • Patrick Platt
    Special Thanks
  • Ashley Roam
    Special Thanks
  • John Glassman
    Special Thanks
  • Dean Inouye
    Special Thanks
  • Imara Larkin
    Special Thanks
  • Tyler Sislow
    Special Thanks
  • Tomas Flores
    Special Thanks
  • Chase Morgan
    Special Thanks
  • Aaron Villarreal
    Special Thanks
  • Vanessa Hughes
    Special Thanks
  • Keith Roulo
    Special Thanks
  • Monique Meidema
    Special Thanks
  • Katie Sudakow
    Special Thanks
  • Rob Sudakow
    Special Thanks
  • Emily Burzynski
    Special Thanks
  • Raza Rizvi
    Special Thanks
  • Christopher Roesch
    Special Thanks
  • Anna Scott
    Special Thanks
  • Melissa Kent
    Special Thanks
  • Laura Franzese
    Special Thanks
  • Carol Amen
    Special Thanks
  • Cari Kabinoff
    Special Thanks
  • Amanda Ragde
    Special Thanks
  • Bruce Jope
    Special Thanks
  • Pamela Kirk
    Special Thanks
  • Scott Gizicki
    Special Thanks
  • Melody Cantrell
    Special Thanks
  • Anne Williams
    Special Thanks
  • Patricia Williams
    Special Thanks
  • Michael Selby
    Special Thanks
  • Dana Friedman
    Special Thanks
  • Heather Marks
    Special Thanks
  • Rebecca Powers
    Special Thanks
  • Iris Benson
    Special Thanks
  • Sarah Taylor
    Special Thanks
  • Adam Maloney
    Special Thanks
  • Tracy Manchen
    Special Thanks
  • Jeffrey Leon
    Special Thanks
  • James Moore
    Special Thanks
  • Carley Lindlahr
    Special Thanks
  • Martin West
    Special Thanks
  • Nicole Blaine
    Special Thanks
  • Van Jazmin
    Special Thanks
  • Laura Merrill
    Special Thanks
  • Nashana Gates
    Special Thanks
  • Lori Wollner
    Special Thanks
  • Goldie Hoffman
    Special Thanks
  • Lyndon Hutteman
    Special Thanks
  • Michael Pina
    Special Thanks
  • Carol Campbell
    Special Thanks
  • Jeremy Dozier
    Special Thanks
  • Aryan Aminzadeh
    Special Thanks
  • Kira Hosler
    Special Thanks
  • Octavio Saez
    Special Thanks
  • Ryan Ayers
    Special Thanks
  • Eric Benson
    Special Thanks
  • Greg Schneider
    Special Thanks
  • Arthur Robinson
    Special Thanks
  • Alexa Adkins
    Special Thanks
  • Jasmine Biener
    Special Thanks
  • Jim Ver Steeg
    Special Thanks
  • James Dukette
    Special Thanks
  • Christopher Chandler
    Special Thanks
  • Jennifer Repard
    Special Thanks
  • Maria Lafaro
    Special Thanks
  • Courtney Kimball
    Special Thanks
  • Kristine Ballard
    Special Thanks
  • John Pustari
    Special Thanks
  • Melissa Saidak
    Special Thanks
  • Frank Traynor
    Special Thanks
  • Michael McMahan
    Special Thanks
  • Lisa Tulipani
    Special Thanks
  • Joanne Chew
    Special Thanks
  • George Ngo
    Special Thanks
  • Jonathon Saia
    Special Thanks
  • Christopher Stekel
    Special Thanks
  • Paul Reed
    Special Thanks
  • Laura Richter
    Special Thanks
  • Darlene N Taliaferro
    Special Thanks
  • Amanda Borslien
    Special Thanks
  • Hunter Altman
    Special Thanks
  • Trudy Feikert
    Special Thanks
  • Jose Lizarraga
    Special Thanks
  • Erin McShane
    Special Thanks
  • Jasmine Isaacs
    Special Thanks
  • Randy Torgerson
    Special Thanks
  • Brenda Penner
    Special Thanks
  • Burton Shafer
    Special Thanks
  • Robert Cron
    Special Thanks
  • Sister Roma
    Special Thanks
  • Jennifer Stojanov
    Special Thanks
  • Tyler Schwartz
    Special Thanks
  • Logan Moy
    Special Thanks
  • Candice Nachman
    Special Thanks
  • Cyrus Naderpour
    Special Thanks
  • Devian Starr
    Special Thanks
  • Nina Minnelli
    Special Thanks
  • Keith Jeffrey LoRoulo
    Special Thanks
  • Monique Miedema
    Special Thanks
  • Michael Makarov
    Special Thanks
  • Christie Nittrouer
    Special Thanks
  • Emily Harrison
    Special Thanks
  • Kathy Gamboa
    Associate Producer
  • Heidi Van Horner
    Associate Producer
  • Cheryl White
    Associate Producer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Documentary, LGBTQ+, Trans, Biography, Biographical, LGBT, Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 7 minutes 32 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 7, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Tuesday Thomas, Jesse Orrall

Known as ‘The Punk Rock Cher,’ Tuesday spent her young adult life as a gypsy, living and traveling throughout the United States. Her travels and deep experiences allowed her keen insight into the human condition, and enabled her to mimic and create characters based on the eclectic people she met. Suffering from severe anxiety and PTSD, humor has saved Tuesday from many of the perils that affect the majority of people in her condition. As a proud lifelong outsider, Tuesday found her calling and home in knowing that her issues, dating life, two marriages and divorces, and general weirdness brought others laughter and enabled them to bring out their inner freakiness.

Tuesday is a talented writer of sketch and screenplays. She’s been featured on VH1, MTV, E! and BBC’s World of Weird. When not talking to pigeons at random public fountains, Tuesday can be found performing stand-up at venues across the country, including The Comedy Store, Laugh Factory, The Punchline.

She is the focus of the Cannes and LA Film Fest award winning short Catastrophe Anthem as well as the star and writer of Anxiety Performance, or how I stole my soul back from Los Angles available on Amazon Prime. She is also The voice of Paca the Piranhi on HBO MAX’s Hit docudrama from Spain, La Venneno. She now bares it all in the documentary of her life” The Trash Goes Out On Tuesday ” with the creative guidance of the multi talented Jesse Orrall.

Jesse Orrall is a filmmaker in Los Angeles, where he produces videos for companies like CNET, FACT Magazine, The Vinyl Factory, Stones Throw Records, and many more. He recently won a Gold Telly Award for his viral hit I prerecorded myself in video meetings for a week (and nobody knew).

Jesse’s credits include working as 1st Assistant Director on the Academy Award-nominated short Dekalb Elementary and the comedic webseries Stories with Kevin Hart. In 2017, Jesse’s short film Carghost took home the People’s Choice Award and Best Fantasy Short award at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival.

Jesse’s first collaboration with Tuesday Thomas was as director of the TV pilot Freak Show, based on Tuesday’s dark comedy variety show of the same name. The two have been friends ever since, and Jesse is honored to be working with Tuesday once again to bring the story of her extraordinary life to the screen.

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Director Statement

Growing up different in the late 60’s early 70’s as a trans person was not at all what it is now. While it is never “easy” this period was fraught with violence, horror, abuse, and dismissal of anyone not on the norm. Once coming to the conclusion of being trans, which should be a celebration, was often one of loneliness and pain. Finding your tribe was often difficult if at all. The only ones who would let you in were the gay men lesbians occasionally but you were always looked at as an anomaly, not a man but no matter what you would never be a “real” woman. The most you could do, besides sex work, was drag shows, and if, and that’s a big if, you were lucky and were stealth you could get a makeup counter girl job or a retail position, but you were always under the stress of someone recognizing you, seeing you “T” and being outed and fired. It was a life of 24/7 hypervigilance. There was an almost decade of a split from her family before they could accept each other again.

Dating was, well, not worth it if you were trying to find a husband and settle down per se. Most men looked at you as a fetish. Some wanted to date you then when they find out the truth they may beat you up or even kill you. They may go from looking at you like the most gorgeous thing in the world to the nastiest piece of trash with one sentence. The last was if you were lucky.

The Health care system denied we existed we were mentally ill gay male crossdressers. Even newly formed LBG (no t as that was not added till almost the year 2000) were not accepting. Walking into an LBG center that had recs for gay and lesbian “friendly “ Drs. I was told,” well we can’t help you,” you’re not a man or a woman.”

Gays who were supposedly friendly to the situation would often tell their straight friends we were a man. This could cause huge issues if these people later in the real world saw us and said something to their friends. Again, a life of hyper-vigilance just due to what was in OUR pants being EVERYONE’S business when what was in THEIR pants was NONE of ours.

Throughout the 80s AIDS crisis, from the beginning with GRID and GAY cancer to losing hundreds of friends and chosen family to Aids and trans sisters to violence, It was not uncommon to hear,” hey you hear what happened to so and so, they were found dead under their mattress with a bullet hole in the face or their face beaten unrecognizable or their face stabbed numerous times” Always the face always the panic defense Always the well if they didn’t try to fool anyone they wouldn’t end up like this. NO one goes through all we do just to fool someone to sleep with him or her. At one point her mother says to her,” you’ve been to more funerals in a year than I have my whole life.”

The drug abuse that almost killed her, The men that used, raped, through her away, the marriage that ended up in divorce and almost another decade of stalking, her trying to hide, trying to find a life, trying to be her happiness is interspliced with the memories on who she was and how her life was shaped due to her gender identity and knowing it at a very young age but no one having terms for it, nor no media “ heroes” except for Christine Jorgensen, who was mocked as a freak, I had no words, no guides, no path to forge but my own. Many others and I forged paths that many ended up following and now they are paved roads. Then they were overgrown forests in need of blazing back then.

Having a “real” father that promised to always love her and come back fro her when he left and not a word for 30 some years

All this intersects and ends when she finally come to terms you can “Love from Afar” and that it’s okay to be me. Finding that the father I thought was so far away from who I am and couldn’t understand was in reality very close. Suffering different but very real trauma made them more alike than they both thought and in the end he waited for me to die. He chose me to be alone with him, holding his hand. He chose me to feel safe enough and comfortable enough to go. He knew I was the only one that could take it. After coming to terms with this and finding my strength through this loss I find stand up comedy and my first passion as a child that everyone told me was impossible, acting.

Learning to leave my baggage behind, but knowing it can be returned to me at any point and all I have to do is not accept delivery, I came to peace. I came to happiness. I came to acceptance of not only myself but others who are infallible as well. Not having time for the minor BS and picking the right battles has left most of the pain, most of the angst, and all the drama behind.

This is a story not only of overcoming Trans identity and becoming your true self it’s a story that we all are the same. We all endure different levels of hardship and we all deserve the same love and acceptance and more importantly JOY that others achieve and feel.