Bluestockings Cancels DGR Speaking Event in Light of Transphobia

22 May

We’re not into letting you know every time DGR gets thrown out of a radical event, but the following statement released by Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center provides an important window into the radical movement’s strong response to DGR’s “unwavering” transphobia:

We would like to thank everyone that has brought the DGR controversy to our attention. The Bluestockings collective was unaware of the blatantly transphobic rhetoric that is espoused by the organization. In response to this (incredibly unfortunate and seemingly politically marginalizing stance) we are canceling the event scheduled for June 23rd.

Rachel Ivey will not be allowed to present in our space.

Bluestockings actively encourages difficult and challenging conversations and debate, but we feel that there is no room for constructive dialogue in the context of this ‘unwavering,’ transphobic analysis of gender.

Again, we would like to thank our community for reaching out to us to express your concern regarding DGR. Transmisogyny is unacceptable and has no place at Bluestockings.

[EF!J Update: Rachel Ivey’s June 28 presentation at the First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia has also been cancelled according to the church due to the trans marginalizing arguments that she and DGR have put forth.]


9 Responses to “Bluestockings Cancels DGR Speaking Event in Light of Transphobia”

  1. bananabread May 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    The event at Florida International University has also been cancelled.

  2. OxsimusPrime May 22, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

    Really disappointed by all of this — I thought Derrick’s Palpatine-esque power grab would have resolved all of these problems. All DGR is looking for is a safe space for privileged white people to bash trans women, pretend trans men don’t exist, and occasionally find ways to exploit indigenous peoples without helping them out in a significant way. Is that really too much to ask?

    • bananabread May 23, 2013 at 2:49 am #


  3. Richard May 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Thanks for doing this.

    • mario jones May 24, 2013 at 7:56 am #

      I do not agree with any of this. Quite frankly, if this is not an FBI operation your newspaper should become a quite informant. Acting to cancel events because you do not agree with the political stance of a group is exactly what the FBI did with cointelpro. There is no excues, you are without remorse and I politically distance myself from your shenanigans.Part of the hidden history of how the new left destroyed itself was through actions such as these. Splitting and wrecking are uncallsed for. EarthFirst! must stop or it will suffer the consequences of a lost of political legitimacy.

      • WTFDJ? May 24, 2013 at 9:59 am #

        Please try reading the story you’re commenting on. This is a story about Blue Stockings cancelling a DGR event. This is not Earth First! taking credit for it. And honestly this is more like us distancing ourselves from the RCP.

      • BoundlessTesseract May 25, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

        Hey genius — if a left-wing outfit decided to take up KKK policies with regards to blacks or the like you can be damn sure I’d distance myself from their bullshit. That shit makes the rest of us look bad.


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