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Boycott MWMF until the organizers fully include trans women
  • Petitioned Indigo Girls and other MichFest 2013 Performers

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Indigo Girls and other MichFest 2013 Performers
JD Samson & MEN
Lennelle Moise
Gina Breedlove
THEESatisfaction
Lovers
Antje Duvekot
Anne Heaton
Natalia Zukerman
Emily Wells
BETTY
Melissa Ferrick
Toshi Reagon
Gloria Bigelow
Gina Yashere
Ubaka Hill

Boycott MWMF until the organizers fully include trans women

    1. Red Durkin
    2. Petition by

      Red Durkin

      Brooklyn, NY

The official stance of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival indicates that the Festival is open only to cisgender women and that transgender women are not officially allowed on the grounds as volunteers or attendees. This is in accordance with a long-standing policy of exclusion that founder and producer Lisa Vogel confirmed as recently as 2006. (http://eminism.org/michigan/20060822-mwmf.txt) . Although in the past some of the staff has “looked the other way,” the policy against trans women that is in place has cultivated a climate of transphobia at the Festival. This situation is unwelcoming and unsafe for transgender women and has become a divisive influence on feminist communities, both at Fest and around the US.

The reality is that Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is not safe for any women until it is welcoming for all women.

We are asking you, as a musician, and as a person who believes in the dignity and equality of all women, to stand in solidarity with transgender women and our allies and to not attend or perform at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival until Lisa Vogel and the other organizers fully and openly welcome all self-identified women.

Although there is a small, devoted group of individuals working from within to change the transphobic policies put into place and enforced by the organizers, we believe that real change can not happen until all women are welcome to attend the Festival. We are asking you to respect the boycott of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival until real, substantive change has taken place.

We believe that the markers of substantive change are three simple things:

1) The organizers must amend the festival policy to explicitly welcome all self-identified women to the annual MWMF.

2) The organizers must recognize the destructive impact that 20+ years of transphobic policies have had on our feminist and queer communities and issue a formal statement acknowledging and apologizing for this injustice.

3) The organizers must program at least one performer who is a transgender woman to perform at the Festival. This will show that transgender women are truly welcome and that they have a legitimate place and voice in the MWMF community.

Until these three demands are met, we call on you to not attend or perform at the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival. You are implored to respect the call to boycott this event because the organizers have maintained destructive and transphobic policies that are unwelcoming and unsafe for all women in our communities.

This petition calls upon all attendees and performers of the 2013 Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival to boycott the Festival until substantive change is achieved.

The list of performers of MichFest 2013 is posted here: http://michfest.com/performances/index.htm

Indigo Girls

JD Samson & MEN

Jill Sobule

Lenelle Moïse

Antje Duvekot

Anne Heaton

Meg Hutchinson

Natalia Zukerman

Gina Breedlove

Hanifah Walidah

Emily Wells

Lovers

Sick of Sarah

Sarah Bettens

Laura Love

BETTY

Melissa Ferrick

Toshi Reagon

Aima the Dreamer

Reina Williams

THEESatisfaction

Eliza Gilkyson

Hills to Hollers with Laurie Lewis, Linda Tillery and Barbara Higbie

God Des and She

Gloria Bigelow

Gina Yashere

Julie Goldman

Ubaka Hill

Aleah Long

Ruth Barrett

C.C. Carter

Storme Webber

Round Robin

Big Bad Gina

Elvira Kurt

Karen Williams

To:
Indigo Girls and other MichFest 2013 Performers
JD Samson & MEN
Lennelle Moise
Gina Breedlove
THEESatisfaction
Lovers
Antje Duvekot
Anne Heaton
Natalia Zukerman
Emily Wells
BETTY
Melissa Ferrick
Toshi Reagon
Gloria Bigelow
Gina Yashere
Ubaka Hill
Boycott MWMF until the organizers fully include trans women

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. 2nd Performer to Publicly Pull Out of THIS Year's Festival!

      Red Durkin
      Petition Organizer

      Nona Hendryx because the 2nd performer (after Andrea Gibson) to publicly support the boycott by canceling her performance at THIS year's festival and citing the Policy as her reason for doing so.

    3. Decision-maker Sea of Bees responds:

      Sea of Bees

      Sea of Bees is not playing this festival. Can you please update your petition to accurately reflect the festival? Thanks!


    4. Decision-maker Meg Hutchinson responds:

      Meg Hutchinson

      I respectfully ask you to please remove me from this petition list.

      I am discouraged at their policy as well and am giving it much consideration.

      I kindly request you to remove me from this list as my inbox is getting absolutely sl...


    5. Decision-maker Julie Goldman responds:

      Julie Goldman

      I feel such an urgency about this harmful policy. It's painful to see the lesbian community dictating definitions of who is a woman. We risk the further generational fracture if this policy so deeply injuring trans women goes unchanged. ...


    6. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Anahid Kassabian LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 4 months ago

      As a lifelong feminist and music scholar, I would already be disturbed by this cruel, politically reprehensible, and anti-feminist policy. But I am also the mother of a transmasculine gender queer adult, and I have watched the genuine pain such policies have caused it elsewhere. This is so wrong on a political philosophical level, but on a human level it's even worse. When you don't allow some women to be women, you diminish us all.

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    • Samantha Casey PORTLAND, OR
      • 4 months ago

      This is important to me because ALL women should be included in women's events, especially those specifically meant to celebrate women's artists. It's disgusting to think that women of any kind are still narrowed down to their genitals. There is no reason why women should be excluded based on that. I would boycott ANY event that specifically excluded any group of women for any reason.

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    • ksjg drfig NOPEPEP, CANADA
      • 4 months ago

      im trans

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    • Erin Fuller PORT JERVIS, NY
      • 5 months ago

      Until you can prove that we do not constitute that we are women beyond all doubt than we should be included as women

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    • Brett Cook LISBON, OH
      • 5 months ago

      Trans women are women and should be included and involved. I should be able to be included.

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