With the amazing Bitch article just released about combating transphobia within feminist communities, it’s prime time to talk about how TERFs are affecting transfemininsts across the nation.
Prominent environmentalist and TERF Lierre Keith is this year’s keynote speaker for the 2014 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, OR. Keith is the co-founder of direct action environmental group Deep Green Resistance and is well known for her trans-exclusive radical feminist rhetoric. Basic Rights Oregon, the University of Oregon Student Senate, Seattle-based Gender Justice League, and the Civil Liberties Defense Center have all released statements condemning her selection as keynote, but the speech, slated for Thursday, has not been cancelled. This is a slap in the face to Eugene trans activists and allies, who have been fighting transphobia and patriarchy in the woods for nearly a decade. Eugene is the organizing hub for the 7th and 8th annual Trans and Womyn’s Action Camps, and is home to Cascadia Forest Defenders, an Earth First! affiliate that publicly condemned Deep Green Resistance for their transphobic stance earlier this year.
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