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ORLANDO!! I’m headed your way!! My band, Colonial Blue, and I are excited to be playing at House of Blues Orlando for Girls in Wonderland hosted by Pandora Events!! This event is for an amazing cause benefiting the NCLR and the GLBT Center Orlando to help continue counseling programs for victims of the tragic Pulse shooting and their families.

As the thirty-ninth [Michfest] festival concluded in August 2014, five major LGBT organizations called for it to be boycotted and shunned: the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Equality Michigan, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), the Task Force, and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD.)
In the wake of an almost unprecedented stance against a forty-year lesbian event by national groups dedicated to protecting lesbian rights, blogs and editorials quickly charged festival artists and audiences with a stunning litany of negative stereotypes, including hatemongering, worthlessness, mental instability, destroying lives, being unattractive, being in cahoots with the religious right—and penis envy.

TERF, as a new insult for non-trans or cisgender lesbians, gained unqualified usage by credentialed LGBT journalists and bloggers alike. Babs Sapirstein’s August 2014 piece in Bilerico, titled “TERFS: All the Rage This Summer,” alleged that no real woman would enjoy camping at an outdoor festival, and that TERFS were just “a loosely organized collective with a message of hate” comparable to the Westboro Baptist Church: “It’s pathetic and perverted behavior. Their actions often drive others to discriminate: the definition of a hate group. What drives them—penis envy?”
Salon declared TERFs “A hate group masquerading as feminists.” The Advocate suggested that “TERF followers fundamentally despise other women.”
And Dana Beyer, executive director of Gender Rights Maryland, published a Huffington Post blog the day after the 2014 Michigan festival concluded, entitled “TERF Wars: Trans Women and Feminist Extremism in Context.” Presented as a scientific research piece, Beyer’s column began, “There is a war raging between a subset of radical lesbian feminists called TERFs,” establishing as factual the idea of a collective bearing this name. Beyer defined second-wave lesbian feminists as women who joined the Religious Right in order to deny health care to transwomen, due to their own “deep feelings of worthlessness […]“

TERF became a label for any woman who had ever appeared at Michigan. Only recently that had been a very competitive honor. The festival stage had played host to artists as diverse as Taiko drummers, indigenous Australian and Hawaiian performers, the native American trio Ulali, Shikisha (South Africa), Cobra (China), Frank Chickens (Japan), and black lesbian artists with long political justice resumes. All now risked the ruin of reputation and future bookings if they returned.
—  Bonnie J. Morris, The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture

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