Conway Hall Says No To RadFem 2012 Hate Fest

People some times confuse me with nice polite squishy liberals.  I’m generally puzzled when they do and say something snarky like: It’s pretty obvious you don’t regularly read this blog.

Because if you regularly read this blog you are aware of my left wing/anarchistic leanings.  I don’t go looking for fights but I don’t shy away from them and I believe in giving bullies and bigots the exact same treatment they dish out.

Indeed I consider an attack on me and my own kind a general call to arms.

I may be old and never much given to physical violence but I use my words as weapons.

Over the years I have watched as RadFem Thugs have attacked TS/TG people.

As long as they were content to have their little hate fest in the woods of Michigan I didn’t much give a shit.

But they have sided with the Christo-Fascists and the hard core right wing in their most recent attacks on TS/TG people.  Spreading lies and interfering with political efforts on the part of TS/TG people to obtain the same rights and protections normborns take for granted.

This is unacceptable and they are acting like fascists.

I’m Anti-fascist.  They want to attack my rights, then I will attack their right to discuss the denial of my rights in a pleasant environment.

I hereby applaud Conway Hall’s decision to deny RadFem2012 the use of their facilities as a meeting place to promote hatred and bigotry.

From Conway Hall:

Statement Regarding RadFem 2012

In consultation with the organisers of RadFem 2012 and our legal advisors, Conway Hall has decided not to allow the booking in July 2012 to proceed. This is because it does not conform to our Terms and Conditions for hiring rooms at Conway Hall. In addition, we are not satisfied it conforms with the Equality Act (2010), or reflects our ethos regarding issues of discrimination.

We had sought assurances that the organisers would allow access to all, in order to enable the event to proceed at the venue. We also expressed concern that particular speakers would need to be made aware that whilst welcoming progressive thinking and debate, Conway Hall seeks to uphold inclusivity in respect of both legal obligations and as a principle.

In the absence of the assurances we sought, the event in its proposed form could not proceed at Conway Hall.

That said, we recognise the breadth of debate to be had amongst the feminist and transgender communities and it is our sincere hope that there will be constructive and positive dialogue on these matters going forward.

In response to Sheila Jeffreys’ online Guardian article in their ‘Comment is free’ section, dated 29th May 2012, we would like it to be known that Conway Hall has in the past made clear that speakers / attendees at events for other hirers will not be permitted where we have felt that these individuals have expressed and may express (on our premises) views which conflict with our ethos, principles, and culture; the reference to David Irving was simply one of the examples given.

4 Responses to “Conway Hall Says No To RadFem 2012 Hate Fest”

  1. marilynpierce Says:

    It was feminist that fought to pass laws for equal access to political spaces, and it was this same laws that denied RadFem2012 the exclusionary practice in a political conference space. Oh, the irony.

  2. Blog # 87: The “Rad Fem” Hate Brigade: Chronicling a 40+ Year Campaign of Bigotry and Intimidation Against Transsexual/Transgender Women « Transmeditations's Blog Says:

    […] I first became acquainted with the resurgence of anti-trans hate when I was attacked by Bob Jensen at a conference at my university in 2010.  In addition, someone from the conference put anti-trans hate flyers in the bathrooms to try to intimidate me and other trans folks and allies.  I wrote a strongly-worded Blog about the experience that has received many hits and that probably helped to put me in the cross-hairs of these anti-trans extremist bigots.  The next hit came when in March of this year, “rad fem” lesbian attorney from Baltimore Cathy Brennan sent a ridiculous email to my colleagues, my department chair, and my dean, calling me a misogynist for my work in transgender activism and my defense of fellow trans woman Blogger Monica Roberts, whose award-winning Blog Trans Griot chronicles issues faced by trans women of color.  Roberts has also been singled out for hatred by Brennan and her ilk.  Brennan got several other folks to gang up on me that also sent emails to my work supervisors attempting to get me fired or jeopardize my employment, a seriously hateful thing to do to a transgender woman, given the epidemic of joblessness that we face.  More recently she has written yet again due to my advocacy work against Rad Fem 2012, a conference scheduled for July in London, UK that shocked the trans and feminist communities recently when its website went live.  In addition to hosting whorephobic and rabidly transphobic speakers such as Sheila Jeffreys and Gail Dines, the conference has set a “women born women living as women” only policy that intentionally excludes women of trans experience from taking part.  There is a similar conference scheduled for this summer in Portland, Oregon called RadFem Reboot. [UPDATE: During the session it was revealed that Conway Hall, the venue that was to host RadFem 2012 in London, had cancelled their invitiation.  Thunderous applause and cheers of jubilation could be heard througout the large auditorium–another blow to anti-trans hatred!  For more on the story, see here.) […]

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