Task Force signs Equality Michigan petition to change Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival position on transgender women

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 4, 2014 — “As an organization with a core value of inclusiveness, the Task Force believes that the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival’s ‘womyn born womyn’ intention, to the exclusion of transgender women, must end. The Festival is out of step with the LGBTQ community and movement’s vision of diversity and inclusion. It also runs at variance with welcoming and respecting the reality of all women’s lives. We agree with our partners at Equality Michigan and the many activists both inside and outside the festival who have raised this important issue for over two decades. As it approaches its 40th year, the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival must include and welcome transgender women. It’s past time for a change in both intention and practice at the Festival, as a matter of love, compassion and radical welcome embraced by the Task Force and countless others.”

— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

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