Tuesday, April 09, 2013

It’s A Great Thought But…

Why are they waiting until next year?
Indigo Girls Encourage Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Protest Over Transgender Exclusion
The Huffington Post
By Glennisha Morgan
Posted: 04/08/2013

Though they'll be on hand to perform, the Indigo Girls are encouraging a protest against the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival for the event's continued exclusion of transgender women.

On their website, the folk-rock duo vowed to donate proceeds from their performance during the festival, which is scheduled for August 6-11, to transgender activism.

"We have made it clear that this will be our last time at the Festival until MWMF shows visible and concrete signs of changing their intention," Amy Ray and Emily Saliers wrote on their site. "We have no animosity towards anyone in this case but see the deep and fearless legacy that MWMF has had during its existence and we honor that. We also honor the prayerfulness that has been a part of this struggle on both sides."
It is nice that they are donating the proceeds from the festival to trans*causes, but why don’t they cancel like other performers,
Echoing the sentiments of Indigo Girls, Andrea Gibson recently announced her decision to cancel her performance at MWMF after receiving "heartfelt" feedback in light of the festival's policy to be exclusive to cisgender women.

1 comment:

  1. I love the Indigo Girls (in fact I was listening to them right before I read this). I wonder their choice to perform this year will bring more awareness (and money) to the issue as opposed to just cancelling altogether. Maybe they are hoping that they can get attendance high enough this year to prompt the event planners to rethink their policies for next year. I'm just guessing here...