Many activists are putting pressure on the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival to stop the exclusion of transgender women from participating in the event—something many critics are referring to as "discriminatory." The annual festival, also referred to as MichFest, is now in its 39 year gathering women in the woods for "women to bond and celebrate." But the idyllic festival is facing some heat this year as the LGBT group, Equality Michigan started a petition to end the intention that only "womyn-born womyn" are allowed to participate.
Activist believe the festival's discrimination against the transgender community has gone on for too long and therefore they are standing up for LGBT equal rights through peaceful protesets.
Equality Michigan is urging artists and participants "boycott" the festival until MichFest ends it's so-called discrimination against transgender women. The festival, which is scheduled to start on Aug. 5, is a gathering where thousands of women meet in the woods of Western Michigan to "eat and live communally" as well as attend classes and concerts put on by women only.
"We must stand up, even if it is to our own, and make it clear that transgender women deserve to be treated as women in all settings. ...The time has come, we are drawing a line in the sand, this 'intention' can no longer stand," the Equality Michigan team stated in the petition.
The petition, which circulated on Monday, received 350 signatures by Tuesday. Equality Michigan will deliver the petition to the MichFest organizers as well as the festival's vendors and performers.
As many continue to protest against the upcoming women's festival, the pressure is on Michfest's organizers to stop the discrimination against the transgender community.
Click here to sign the petition.