Beth Sherouse is an American Council of Learned Societies (“ACLS) Public Fellow. She currently is staffed as “Senior Content Manager” at the Human Rights Campaign. She started her position this month and will be there for two years. She recently penned a blog post for the HRC website – because this is her job as “Senior Content Manager” – stating that although she never has been to the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, she opposes it because Men cannot come.
It is blatantly obvious that the Human Rights Campaign is pandering to the Transgender community with this blog post. This blog post does not represent HRC policy, as the organization would not delegate such a policy declaration to a fellow who has been with the organization for two weeks.
The Human Rights Campaign should be ashamed of itself for this meaningless political stunt that will do nothing except inflame tensions between lesbians and Men who identify as Women.
Emily Dievendorf is a bisexual who is the executive director of Equality Michigan, the statewide GLBT equality group. Dievendorf has taken the unprecedented step of using her organization – which is supposed to fight for legal rights for GLBT people – to attack a women’s music festival held on private land and predominantly attended by Lesbians. This aggressive action against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival is unprecedented in the history of the GLBT rights movement. Read more…
Allison Woolbert is a heterosexual man who identifies as a woman and has inserted himself in the lives of Gay and Lesbian people by demanding that we see him as a woman. Because of this, he proposes to establish a registry of people who reject his politics called the “TERF Registry Tracker.”
This is only the latest attempt by men to silence women’s speech by creating tracking lists. A number of Men’s Right’s Activists also use the Block Bot to label women who have non-male supremacist views.
Controlling Men naming women as heretics is not new.
The cotton ceiling is a rape culture concept promulgated by predatory Males such as Drew Deveaux, Savannah Garmon, Morgan Page, Tobi Hill-Meyer and Parker “Chad” Molloy. The premise of the cotton ceiling is that Lesbians – who are Women who desire romantic, emotional, sexual and physical relationships with other Women – are bigots for not wanting to have those relationships with Men who identify as Women. The concept of the cotton ceiling is well-documented, and rapeist transwomen continue to promulgate this concept to this day. Most recently, Lily Cade, a lesbian porn performer, was attacked for not wanting to engage in porn performances with transwomen.
Larry Pullum was born a man and suffers from a sexuality and gender identity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sometimes dresses as a woman and, when he was arrested in Davidson County, Tennessee, he was dressed in female clothing. On March 7, 2014, Pullum was transported to the Dickson County Jail, where he is currently incarcerated. An officer at the Davidson County Jail gave Pullum male clothing to wear for transport but the female clothing and undergarments were sent with Pullum. When Pullum arrived at the Dickson County Jail, he informed the booking officer, David Elola, of his gender disorder and asked Elola not to reveal this information to others, fearing for his safety. Instead, Elola “pulled out [his] dress and bra and held them up for everyone to see.” Officer Elola told him, “They should have made you wear them.” Pullum was subsequently assaulted. Pullum filed a lawsuit for civil rights violations, which a federal court in Tennessee correctly allowed to proceed.
Andy Bowen is a man who identifies as a woman. Bowen was recently named executive director of New Jersey’s statewide GLBT rights group, Garden State Equality. Prior to this position, Bowen worked in the District of Columbia to ensure the destruction of women-only space. Specifically, Bowen targeted a homelss shelter that provided refuge for vulnerable women because the shelter did not house male-bodied transwomen. Bowen reflects the mindset of many transgender activists to discount and ignore the concerns of women who do not want to share sex-segregated space with males. Such forced inclusion often results in sexual assault of actual women by the men who identify as women, as demonstrated by the Christopher Hambrook and Paris Green cases.
Circumgender is a term apparently coined or popularized by a 13-year-old Tumblr user. The term inadvertently notes the idiocy of transgenderism and the idea that there are personality traits associated with one’s sex. The user received death threats from transgender activists in response.