Vancouver male transgender activists (“Transwomen”) spent today organizing a protest against the scheduled upcoming Day of Remembrance for the fourteen women slaughtered during the horrific 1989 L’Ecole Polytechnique Massacre.
Organizer Natalie Reed previously collaborated with Abuzar Chaudhary (who has a restraining order against him by the University of Toronto Women’s Center for violent behavior and threats) in mounting a public protest outside a Vancouver private residence where women met to discuss feminism.
In a shocking lapse of sensitivity and respect, Reed and co-organizers seek to disrupt a solemn event – one remembering the cold-blooded mass-murder of fourteen women by a man who targeted feminists for death because he believed feminism discriminated against his interests as a male- on the grounds that feminists also discriminate against THEIR interests as males.
From the Vancouver Rape Relief website:
1989 – A lone man walked into an engineering class at L’École Polytechnique at the University of Montréal. He separated the men from the women and told the men to leave. After the male students complied, the man declared his hatred of feminists and began to shoot the women with a semi-automatic rifle. While police forces stood outside, Marc Lépine went on a rampage, shooting and stabbing the women at the school. He then shot himself. He left behind a note that included a list of prominent Canadian feminists whom he planned to kill. It was clear that these women engineering students symbolized the progress of women’s equality. Lépine’s actions could have pushed back women’s demands for increased equality through social change. However, women organized in defiance of his attack.
Women rose up to demonstrate in towns and cities across the country. They connected Lépine’s acts of violence to the everyday sexism to which women are subjected. Women dedicated themselves to feminist organizing to bring into reality their expectations of freedom for the present and the future.
You can read more here: https://radicalhubarchives.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/december-6-1989/ This bizarre upcoming protest may be the most terrifying, grotesque, and shocking incident yet to emerge from the transgender movement’s decade-long war against feminism and women’s rights.
wow. fuck this shit.
I’m always incredibly sceptical about any drama between feminists and trans activists.
So, for everyone’s reading pleasure, I’ve compiled some more information on this:
One of the articles linked here defines cis incorrectly. ” ‘Cis’ is a trans community word for genetically female persons.” This is incorrect. Cis is a term used for any people satisfied with their assigned gender at birth. Die cis scum, while controversial, has become something of a meme. This article frames the shirt as a singular expression of hatred for women. This is misleading.
Natalie Reed’s (the leader of the protest) justification for it:
"[A]s many of you know Vancouver Rape Relief has invited Janice Raymond to speak at the Vancouver Public Library (presumably the downtown location) on November 30th, as an event memorializing the massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique. Given VRR’s trans-exclusionist policies, history of trans-misogyny, ongoing support of transphobic feminism, dismissal of Kimberly Nixon, subsequent legal defense, and role in setting legal precedent that permits anti-trans discrimination in Canada, and Janice Raymond’s own history of extraordinary trans-misogyny and central role in the development of transphobia within feminism… I would very much like if we could organize a counter-event to take place at VPL the same day (with or without explicit approval from VPL… library square’s status as public space should permit us to gather there regardless of prior approval- at least long enough to stage the response event- as long as we aren’t being destructive or harassing anyone or anything).
Specifically, Reed says that she wants to talk about (1) “The consequences of trans-exclusionist policy, (2) The consequences of transphobic, cissexist and trans-misogynistic feminism, (3) Trans-misogynistic violence, (4) How trans women are impacted by misogyny and misogynistic violence, like that of the L’Ecole Polytechnique shooting”.
Based off these statements attributed to Reed, the title of this blog post is profoundly inflammatory and inaccurate. Reed never said she wanted to protest against the day or memory of these women, but that she was frustrated that the memorial ceremony was being run and attended by people she felt were cissexist. These are two entirely different things.
The comment section of the article is full of cissexist comments, erroneously referring to Reed as a man. I don’t feel the need to regurgitate these comments here.
For the most part, Natalie Reed seems like a very typical social justice, trans* blogger. She posted on Freethoughtblogs and Skepchick, but left.
Are her claims valid? Well, let’s find out.
Natalie Reed says that the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter - which is hosting the event - has a history of transphobia:
“In August 1995, Kimberly Nixon filed a complaint with the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal against Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter. Nixon, a trans woman, had been interested in volunteering as a counselor with the shelter. When the shelter learned that she was transsexual, they told Nixon that she would not be allowed to volunteer with the organization. Nixon argued that this constituted illegal discrimination under Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code. Vancouver Rape Relief countered that individuals are shaped by the socialization and experiences of their formative years, and that Nixon had been socialized as a male growing up, and that, therefore, Nixon would not be able to provide sufficiently effective counseling to the cissexual women that the shelter served.
The Tribunal found in Nixon’s favor and issued her an award of $7,500. Vancouver Rape Relief appealed this decision to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, which repealed the Tribunal’s verdict and ruled in the favor of the shelter. After this, Nixon appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, which on February 1, 2007 denied her appeal.
Natalie Reed is a trans-activist that is upset because a local woman’s shelter hosting a memorial service for victim of the Polytechnique massacre has a history of transphobia. She wanted to stage a perfectly legal counter protest - but encouraged protesters to refrain from harassment. This article tries to frame Reed as protesting the memorial service of these women …because they’re cis. There is a profound amount of cissexism in the comments of the article.
People, please do research on the things that you’re reblogging. When I looked into this, I found that the article was incredibly biased and unfair in it’s treatment of Reed and other transwomen.
If there was anything inaccurate in my blog post, please message me. I love to have accurate information, especially when discussing something as contentious as social justice.
^^^ Thank you for this response. I went from confused to furious when reading the wordpress article. Fuck cissexism. Fuck transphobia.