Trump administration “Dear Colleague” letter re: transgender students (USA)

In a “Dear Colleague” letter issued Feb 22, the Trump administration announced “that the Department of Justice and the Department of Education are withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance reflected in:

  • Letter to Emily Prince from James A Ferg-Cadima, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Education dated January 7, 2015; and
  • Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students jointly issued by the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and the Department of Education dated May 13, 2016.”

These documents expressed the Obama administration’s position that federal nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow students to use sex-segregated facilities on the basis of their “gender identity.”

According to the letter issued by the Trump administration, “These guidance documents do not, however, contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process.”  The letter also notes, “that the withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying, and harassment.”

Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students — New York Times

Trump administration rolls back protections for transgender students — Washington Post

“Dear Colleague” Letter dated February 22, 2017

Seattle Queer Exchange (USA)

Seattle Queer Exchange is a Facebook Group that is ostensibly for Seattle queers to “share resources.” Despite the fact that the group “(does) NOT ask anyone about their flavour of queerness,” Seattle Queer Exchange is also apparently a place for people to discuss stalking lesbian feminists who reject transgenderism.


What follows are screenshots from a thread where numerous people in this group, including the moderators of the group, discuss stalking lesbians.

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Vancouver Women’s Library (Canada)

A group of “anti-feminist protesters” disrupted the official launch of the Vancouver Women’s Library, according to the Guerrilla Feminist  Collective.  “The protesters held signs and shouted at people entering the space. They poured wine over the books. They smoked inside when asked not to. They pulled the fire alarm. Some of them tried to bar then pushed women entering the space. As far as we saw, men were left alone to come and go as they pleased.”  The protesters “shamed and blamed” women for calling the police (who were called due to concerns for the safety of the library patrons and fear of further destruction of library property), harassed and complained about the library’s founders, and demanded that the library remove certain books from the collection.

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Cathy Brennan is a Fake Goth (Internet)

Cathy Brennan is a Fake Goth” is a meme circulating the internet since early 2016.  According to this article, published in April 2016, “on her Twitter, she has “goth” in her bio. From what I understand, at some point someone said she was a fake goth, most likely in response to Brennan’s stance that trans women are fake women.”
Since then, internet users who don’t know Brennan, but who disagree with some things she’s said online, have regurgitated this meme hundreds of times.  People have updated their Facebook statuses, posted the meme to Twitter, reblogged it on Tumblr, and shared it elsewhere on the internet.  Several especially dedicated individuals have employed their subpar photo editing skills to create sharable graphics, and one even created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of perpetuating this meme.

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Cathy Brennan’s 911 call in response to trans stalking and harassment (USA)

Here is the 911 call made to the Olympia Police Department in response to transgender stalking and harassment.




Kimya Dawson @mrskimyadawson (USA)

15826838_10155202944723132_4804468997222170194_nKimya Dawson is an anti-lesbian musician with ties to Olympia, Washington. Dawson recently engaged in online harassment of Cathy Brennan in connection with anti-lesbian bashing that occurred in Olympia, Washington as described in this video.

When Dawson was confronted by Brennan over her harassing comments, Dawson said she did not intend to threaten Brennan.

In a 180-reversal, Dawson subsequently authored a blog post in which she pledges allegiance to men’s rights activists and disavows lesbians. You can read this screed here – hello-is-it-me-youre-looking-for_-%e2%80%a2-well-a-thing-happened-where-i-was-targeted-online