As the 39th Festival closes and we turn our hearts and minds to our landmark 40th anniversary, we reiterate that Michfest recognizes trans womyn as womyn - and they are our sisters. We do not fear their presence among us, a false claim repeatedly made. What we resist – and what we will never stop fighting – is the continued erasure and disrespect for the specific experience of being born and living as female in a patriarchal, misogynist world.
With another festival come and gone, Michfest founder and organizer Lisa Vogel laid out a list of ‘demands’ she’d like her critics to meet.
In other words: Lisa Vogel is still a transmisogynistic bigot who is tired of people telling her that she is a transmisogynistic bigot.
Same shit. Different day.
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has joined the Gay & Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the Nation Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and several other organisations…
Our community’s problem isn’t with MichFest. If it became trans-inclusive tomorrow, the underlying problem would remain. It isn’t even with the antifeminist nature of the trans-exclusionary radical feminists…
When people all around you are telling you directly that you have no claim to your womanhood and that by merely existing you are furthering the patriarchy, it cuts right through to your heart.
While transgender women become increasingly visible, there is one place where the promise of shared womanhood does not include them.
Democratic Rep. Adam Zemke introduced a bill to the Michigan House of Representatives that will ban ex-gay conversion therapy.
A music festival is facing increasing pressure to end its exclusion of transgender women, a practice that critics call discriminatory. For the past 38 years, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, often called Michfest…
A bill that would ban ‘gay cure’ therapy among minors has been submitted in Michigan.
With HIV continuing, in the US, to disproportionately impact gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men as well as trans women, Michigan’s Between The Lines newspaper decided to launch it’s own.
An alleged attack on a 20-year-old gay man at Detroit’s Motor City Pride was caught on tape over the weekend. Footage of the violence shows Christin Howard, who is openly gay, being beaten by a group of attackers along Detroit’s Riverwalk, …
Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday urged legislators to consider updating Michigan’s civil rights law to prohibit discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity, applauding companies and the state’s two largest regional chambers of commerce for joining a business-backed push to amend the law.
With the uncertain status of a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance, some advocates of Saginaw, Mich.’s LGBT rights ordinance are considering removing some trans protections as a means to sway voters.
The victim’s body was found in a trash can behind a bar; her identity remains unknown.
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