Transgender community says Women’s March made them feel isolated

Women with bright pink hats and signs begin to gather early and are set to make their voices heard on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington.  Organizers of the Women's March on Washington expect more than 200,000 people to attend the gathering.  Other protests are expected in other U.S. cities.  ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

You knew it was coming.

The transgender community has officially taken offense to last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington, saying they felt excluded.

“Transgender activists claim ‘pussyhats’ that women wore at anti-Trump marches alienated the transgender community by suggesting ‘a vagina is essential to womanhood,” a headline from the Daily Mail read.

The report quoted an article by activist Marie Solis, who took to to air her grievances about the Women’s March — and more specifically, the pink, kitty cat hats the women participating were wearing.

“While clever, Suh’s pussy hats set the tone for a march that would focus acutely on genitalia at the expense of the transgender community,” Ms. Solis wrote. “Signs like ‘Pussy power,’ ‘Viva la Vulva’ and ‘Pussy grabs back’ all sent a clear and oppressive message to trans women, especially: having a vagina is essential to womanhood.”

In her article, Ms. Solis also wrote of a new group of people — ones I never knew existed — called the trans-exclusionary radical feminists, known as TERFs.

According to Jade Lejeck, a trans woman from California interviewed by Ms. Solis, there are two kinds of TERFs.

“One is the accidental TERF — ‘the ones who have signs that equate womanhood with having a vagina,’” Ms. Lejeck explained to Ms. Solis.

“The other category, Lejeck explained, includes feminists who argue trans women are actually men in disguise trying to infiltrate their spaces,” Ms. Solis wrote.


I have no idea what any of this means, I just thought I’d share.

Bottom line: Many of the trans people Ms. Solis interviewed said they felt the Women’s March would be a “dangerous space” for them, so they stayed away.

Apparently the sights of pussy hats and two-foot hand-knit uteri were too much for the transgender community as well.



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