UPDATED: “Judy Solidarity” seems unconcerned with the numerous factual errors in her “article” and seems content to regurgitate male supremacist talking points, with affirmation from Men. Nooooo, this isn’t male supremacist at all!
Judy Heithmar is a 28-year-old men’s rights activist from Massachusetts who writes for Socialist Worker. She recently penned a non-factual “article” for the publication in which she asserts that the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival – the very last space in the United States that prioritizes the rights of Women to meet as Women – is “bigoted” for understanding that biological sex is the reason why Women are oppressed. It is unclear if she also thinks Women are bigoted by organizing around rape prevention, reproductive rights, and female-specific health care.
In her “article,” Heithmar asserts that Cathy Brennan is a “longtime Michfest supporter,” despite the fact that Brennan attended Michfest for the first time in 2014. Additionally, she posits that Brennan “actually worked to deny transgender people legal rights and protections” despite the fact that this statement is demonstrably false. Brennan worked to pass a 2002 anti-discrimination law in Baltimore City that banned discrimination based on gender identity – the very first in the state – and she also has lobbied for a statewide bill to ban such discrimination. Brennan is also an outspoken supporter of using sex stereotyping and sex dsicrimination case law to protect gender nonconforming people – including transgender people – from discrimination. Brennan also co-wrote a letter to the United Nations in 2011 that states:
We fully support anti-discrimination protections for transgender and transsexual people that do not run rough-shod over laws that protect females. We support the following definition of “gender identity” – a person’s identification with the sex opposite her or his physiology or assigned sex at birth, which can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of a transsexual medical condition, or related condition, as deemed medically necessary by the American Medical Association.” Such a definition would protect the classification of sex, while simultaneously providing a cause of action for discriminatory practices on the basis of a persistent and documented “gender identity.” We welcome people who fit into this definition into space segregated by sex in recognition of their perceived need for access and in the fervent hope that we can achieve such protection for identifiably transgender or transsexual people without harming females.
Heithmar represents the mindset of the GLBT Men’s Rights Movement, which believes that if you do not accept that Males can become Female by simply “identifying as” Female, you must be a bigot. This line of thinking is idiotic and harmful to Women.
Heithmar is in this video getting arrested for marriage equality.