July 31st, 2014 | by KATE WILLSON News | Posted In: Gay Rights, Activism, PDX News, Politics

Radical Feminists and the War on Trans Women Plays Out in Portland

     
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Most people assume that feminists are among the most ardent advocates for transgender rights.

But as The New Yorker lays out in its August 4 issue, some radical feminists align more closely with conservative Christians than with queer advocates when it comes to where transgender equality.

It's a fight that was recently raised during a Radfems Respond conference held in May at the Central Library in downtown Portland where the group met and explained "radical feminists insist on regarding transgender women as men, who should not be allowed to use women’s facilities, such as public rest rooms, or to participate in events organized exclusively for women."

The event was initially to be held at a Quaker meeting house in Southeast Portland, and that sparked a Change.org petition urging the church to cancel the conference. But Radfems Respond moved to the Multnomah Country Central Library.

The New Yorker diagrams the full dispute—which ranges far beyond Portland—in this feature.

 
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