Emily Dievendorf @Equality_MI @Moxie4More & #michfest (USA)

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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.

Dievendorf also relies on smear tactics such as labeling groups like Gender Identity Watch and blogs like GenderTrender that object to transgenderism as “hate groups.” As a bisexual, Dievendorf does not object to engaging sexually with males. Dievendorf seems horrifically ignorant to the demands placed on Lesbians by Transwomen, including the demand that we submit sexually to them or face being labelled “transphobic.” We encourage Dievendorf to examine the ramifications of a statewide equality group being used to further terrorize Lesbians.

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PrideSource – Viewpoint_Why Trans Exclusion at Michfest Must Finally End.

Take Action Now _ Equality Michigan

PrideSource – Viewpoint_ Boycott MichFest Till Trans Inclusion A Reality.

Equality Michigan Petitions Michfest to End Exclusionary Policy _ Advocate.

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6 thoughts on “Emily Dievendorf @Equality_MI @Moxie4More & #michfest (USA)

  1. Great post by Heath Atom Russell. Like all oppressed groups, women have a right to define ourselves as we see fit, and to set boundaries.

    Why is it such a threat for women to have one week in a whole freaking year for a music festival that is held on private land? Stating that women can’t have festivals separate from men is like saying black people can’t have meetings without white people present. Wait, they did this in slavery. What would people do if someone told Native tribes that they can’t have meetings without whites present? This includes white people occupying sacred Native sites.

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  2. If you let transwomen (biological males who “identify as women”) in, then it would include ALL transwomen. Therefore, registered sex offenders like Paula Witherspoon would have access to a whole group of women.

    SEXUAL ASSAULT CHILD

    Statute
    TEXAS PENAL CODE 22.011 (a)(2)

    Victim Sex
    Female

    Victim Age
    14

    Disposition Date
    04/25/1990

    Sentence
    SENTENCED TO 16Y

    Status
    DISCHARGED FROM Texas Department of Corrections

    INDECENCY WITH A CHILD SEXUAL CONTACT

    Statute
    TEXAS PENAL CODE 21.11 (a)(1)

    Victim Sex
    Female

    Victim Age
    15

    Disposition Date
    05/08/1990

    Sentence
    SENTENCED TO 6Y

    Status
    Parole

    https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/PublicSite/Application/Search/Individual.aspx?IND_IDN=2506572

    If Witherspoon’s “husband”, another registered sex offender, Billy Birdsong aka Billy Lorentz, “identifies as a woman”, Paula and him could go as a happy couple.

    BIRDSONG,BILLY DEAN

    AGG SEXUAL ASSAULT CHILD

    Statute
    TEXAS PENAL CODE 22.021(a)(2)(B)

    Victim Sex
    Female

    Victim Age
    12

    Disposition Date
    12/10/1998

    Sentence
    SENTENCED TO 15Y

    Status
    DISCHARGED FROM Texas Department of Corrections

    https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/PublicSite/Application/Search/Individual.aspx?IND_IDN=5157326

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  3. I don’t know if registered sex offenders Paula Witherspoon and Billy Birdsong are married or not, but there are numerous photographs of them together, and they share the same address on the Texas Sex Offender Registry. They definitely were, or are still, partners. It’s strange because both their victims were girls.

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  4. Michigan Women’s Music Festival is held on PRIVATE PROPERTY. Why is Equality Michigan in the business of telling women what they can and cannot do on their private property? Pretty soon they will be telling women what they can and can’t do in the privacy of their homes and in their bedrooms. Wait, they already did that with their “Cotton Ceiling” workshop whereby they portrayed lesbians as “transphobic” for not wanting penis on a MTF.

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  5. If Ms. Dievendorf expects full transgender inclusion in both public and private events (Mich Fest is held on privately owned land), then transmen must be included in all private events and celebrations held by gay men. How can Ms. Dievendorf incessantly berate lesbians for not including transwomen if gay men don’t have to invite FTMs to all their private parties? So, move over gay men and get used to FTMs in all every single event held by gay men.

    Since Ms. Dievendorf has no clear definition of “transgender woman” in her Petition, the following Petition has no clear and precise definition of FTM or transman either. In the following Petition, FTM and transmen is based on how an individual self-identifies at any particular point in time. That is, any person who identifies as FTM or transman is a FTM or transman. This includes both pre-op and post-op females who identify as men. Ms. Dievendorf makes no distinction between pre-op (still has his penis) and post-op transwomen, so the Petition below makes no distinction between pre-op and post-op FTMs. If lesbians have to get used to penis on a pre-op transwoman in their restrooms, showers, private spaces, and at Mich Fest, surely gay men will learn to accept female bodied persons (breasts and female genitalia) in their showers, locker rooms, saunas, bath houses, and any and all private spaces. I have confidence that gay men will eventually learn to appreciate this enlightened policy of complete and total transgender inclusion.

    Sign our petition asking:

    – For an end to the exclusionary and transphobic “man-born-male” intention, whether stated or implied, at any and all events, celebrations, and meetings held on any and all private property owned by gay men, or any private residence rented or leased by one or more gay men. Gay men must publicly denounce their exclusionary policy verbally and in writing, and commit to not participating in future private events until FTMs are included, and the policy is modernized.

    – The owner or owners of any and all private property owned by one or more gay males, or any private residence rented or leased by one or more gay men must meet with leaders of the transgender community and LGBT leaders and enter the space with an open mind to the notion that all persons identifying as FTM (female to male transsexuals), are men too, and have shared in their experiences.

    – Vendors, attendees, and event organizers to publicly declare support of an end to the antiquated and transphobic private parties, celebrations, social events, and meetings held on any and all property owned by gay men, or any private residence rented or leased by one or more gay men.

    – Artists and attendees to act in harmony with their equal rights values and NOT attend the private party, celebration, meeting, or event held on private property owned by gay men, or any private residence rented or leased by one or more gay men until the transphobic discrimination against FTMs (female to male transsexual) ends, and instead support other men’s events which are creating a safe space for transmen so they can join as well.

    – All artists (singers, musicians, comedians, etc.) committed to performing at any celebration, meeting, or event held on any and all private property owned by one or more gay males, or any private residence rented or leased by one or more gay men in which transmen are not cordially invited must publicly denounce the discriminatory policy on stage and commit to not participating in future events until the transphobic policy is modernized.

    – Entertainment business owners bring up this policy with artists performing at all celebrations and events held on private property owned by gay men, or any private residence rented or leased by one or more gay men, and join Equality Michigan in considering participation by any artist in future years to be an act of discrimination against FTMs and transmen.

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