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Cristan Williams is a trans historian and pioneer in addressing the practical needs of the transgender community. She started the first trans homeless shelter in the South and co-founded the first federally funded trans-only homeless program, pioneered affordable healthcare for trans people in the Houston area, won the right for trans people to change their gender on Texas ID prior to surgery, started numerous trans social service programs and founded the Transgender Center as well as the Transgender Archives. Cristan is the editor at, chairs the City of Houston HIV Prevention Planning Group, is the jurisdictional representative to the Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Prevention Services (UCHAPS), serves on the national steering body for UCHAPS and is the Executive Director of the Transgender Foundation of America.

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  1. Holly
    Holly at |

    While I never went to Michigan, I was once sexually assaulted by another woman in a women’s room. It was just as bad as being sexually assaulted by a man. America is chock-full of violence and anyone can participate.

  2. Ginny
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    Men violating womens space is violence. Men, as a class, keep women in a state of fear and lesser humanity to get what they want. When men enter womens spaces they are terrorists, they use fear to keep women silent, they use abusive tactics to make women doubt themselves, to make women doubt that womanhood belongs to them.
    Then they become gigantic pissbabies when women have the audacity to shout “man on the land!”

    1. Entre
      Entre at |

      Stay strong women!

      Men are not women and vice versa.

      If men stuck ONLY to there stated preference there wouldn’t be so many children conceived with openly declared homosexual fathers who for whatever reason impregnated a woman willingly.

      Think about it…I dare you!

    2. Entre
      Entre at |

      Stay strong women!

      Men are not women and vice versa.

      If men stuck ONLY to their stated preference there wouldn’t be so many children conceived with openly declared homosexual fathers who for whatever reason impregnated a woman willingly.

      Think about it…I dare you!

  3. Entre
    Entre at |

    Those opposed to men that do not want them (men) in female only spaces have already LOST the battle.

    The moment you accept the concept of “trans” and the language “trans”, “cis” the issue is settled.

    There is not and never will be any “trans” people. There are 2 sexes. Those suffering from the mental illness of body dysmorphia should be treated with equality, tolerance and afforded mental health care.

    They should not, for the sake of civilization, women’s rights, legal and cultural clarity, etc., be allowed the power to wholesale reform or rearrange civilization and the obvious and immutable facts of nature to assuage their feelings, desires or mental illness.

    Language is paramount as it represents ideas. Not all ideas and therefore all words are true, honest or helpful.

    “Cis” women do not exist, only women and only men. There are medical conditions (intersex) and again treatment within a context of equality, respect and dignity ought to be afforded.

  4. Hypatia
    Hypatia at |

    re brenda Turner

    Having someone on the land with male body parts violates that safety.

    all very well but
    why then were transmen ok at mich fest?
    they are women born men they are not women born women

  5. Brenda Turner
    Brenda Turner at |

    Where is the research? Where is the first person narrative? Hearsay is not documentation. Terf is an insulting and in speaking of Michfest untrue term. For a transwoman to purchase a ticket to this event is a violation of the intention established by the owner of the land that Michfest is an event for women born women [ie. born female, without masculine body parts] For a group to instigate such an invasion is hateful and disrespectful. In my experience, Michfest was the safest place I have ever been. Having someone on the land with male body parts violates that safety. Every where else in my life trans people are welcome and loved. If trans people need a safe place to be, they should create it. Lisa created a safe place for women born women and kept it going for 40 years. Why do transwomen want to force thier way into this place instead of doing the work to create and define their own space?

  6. Stefanie Atwater
    Stefanie Atwater at |

    As a supporter of Michfest having remained a WBW environment, I am horrified at how the “trans kid” was treated. (Trans kid in quotes because that is how the writer referred to her). There is a glaring gap in this story, however. It may have been the wishes of the victim of the sexual assault to not file a report. If the victim is an adult, she would have every right to have those wishes respected. I don’t know this story first hand, but it appears that neither does this writer. This writer is making some damaging assumptions by not questioning the possibilities of why a report may not have been filed.

  7. Sarah Brown
    Sarah Brown at |

    A deeply disturbing and disappointing, if not surprising read. It seems these people are so invested in their myth of themselves as the perfect victims of male violence that their response to sexual and other violence within their own ranks is to circle the wagons, sweep it all under the carpet, and never speak of it again.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

    1. Angelique Devereaux
      Angelique Devereaux at |

      So true in more ways than one, Sarah Brown. ‘Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.; Also covers their discriminatory, bigoted, and hate filled abuse of the trans-youth. Becoming the abusers and oppressors of one of the most discriminated against demographics in existence because they could. With no fear of accountability they revealed the lie of their philosophy. That it was a fragile illusion and when the reality came to their door of a person who was no less of a woman just because she happened to be born trans rather than cis they turned into a mob of bullies that are just as dangerous, volatile, and willing to dehumanize others as any hate group. Yet again revealing TERFs to be nothing but a group unified in a hateful philosophy. The interesting point that I find is that a number of the Radical Feminists in the 70’s (i believe) were some of the first to push for the inclusion of trans-people in feminism. And there was at points heavy conflict, even to the points where it had gotten physical with TERFs assaulting them. So what comes to mind is that their concept of the truth and reality of what liberation and feminism are has become so mutilated and corrupted by their negativity and hate that it’s becoming unrecognizable, to say the least, for the beneficial roots it had. And now so much of it can be seen for what it is, a group who uses recruitment tactics with fear mongering against trans-people (from my understanding more often in specifics it seems to be targeting trans-women over trans-people in general) little different than than the KKK uses it’s fear mongering against POC. The only discernible difference that i’ve seen is that initially TERFs are slightly more subtle about it but the literature reveals the truth of what they really mean. Add to it that only the Goddess knows how many deaths are at the feet of TERFs since one of the major founders was responsible for the government pulling away funding from trans-people’s healthcare until the recent change.


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