In case you weren’t able to attend the sold out Gender Identity Ideology and Women’s Rights talk at the Vancouver Public Library, it was, in a word, beautiful. On Thursday, myself, Lee Lakeman, and surprise speaker Fay Blaney spoke truth to power, shutting down any possibility of discrediting the independent, grassroots women’s movement. Blaney challenged the myth of numerous “genders” in Indigenous cultures, wielded by trans activists in order to justify post-modern, academic theories about “gender identity,” and claim them as “non-Western” for identity politics points. Blaney said, “There are people who are talking about how Indigenous nations had five genders. That’s absolute B.S.” Lakeman reminded “those of you who can imagine bullying us into submission, you’re clearly unfamiliar with us.” I argued that it is unnecessary to trample on women’s rights in order to also argue that those who step out of traditional gender stereotypes should not be harassed or discriminated, and indeed, challenging gender stereotypes is always what feminists have encouraged. No one in attendance could argue, with any integrity, that any of the panelists were “hateful” or interested in harming others.
While many protesters shouted unrelated, nonsensical slogans outside, none had the strength of character or intelligence to address the panelists in good faith, inside. The few trans activists who did attend limited their “protests” to giggling at concerns about fascism and cheering when Blaney — a long time Indigenous feminist activist committed to fighting male violence against women — shared that she had been pushed out of the annual Women’s Memorial March, which honours the lives of missing and murdered women lost in the Downtown Eastside. One trans activist who did speak began by insulting another woman’s hair, before launching into a confusing lecture about race.
Three hundred people attended the event — many more wanted to, but could not get tickets, as the event sold out. Thousands more watched online. The vast majority of the audience was in support of either our positions or, simply, the need for an open conversation about the issues. It is clear that Canadian politicians and the Canadian media are failing the general public in their efforts to distort, censor, and ignore that this is a conversation people desperately want to have, and that most in Canada are not on board with gender identity ideology and legislation, nor do they support trans activist tactics, which rely on using bullying, threats, and libel to silence and smear detractors.
Watch the talk and Q&A in its entirety here:
Love the takedown of the whiteness of trans activism happening right now at the Meghan Murphy Talk by two admirable Native feminists. No, “native cultures” don’t all have “5 genders”, get over it. Take your “noble savage” loving asses elsewhere. #gidvpl
— Bender Rodriguez (@_ShinyMetalAss_) January 11, 2019
What a fantastic event tonight! Yep I stayed up until 7:30am to watch! Was awesome to see a diversity of women on the panel speaking about such important things going on in our culture regarding women’s liberation. More please. Also Meghan Murphy is a literal goddess. #GIDVPL
— Baroness Blackheart (@TransBlackheart) January 11, 2019
Was brought to tears repeatedly by #LeeLakeman which I really didn’t expect. An amazing, powerful voice & experience, everyone should hear her. #MeghanMurphy was amazing as was #FayeBlaney. I wish I could tag the other woman also speaking about indigenous women, so powerful https://t.co/7cBGUvB7ng
— LeonoraChristina (@JammersMinde) January 11, 2019
The counter-protest organized because Meghan Murphy was too problematic has been postponed and/or canceled because the speakers they chose were also too problematic. Liberalism is beyond parody at this point. pic.twitter.com/7PlwOB1Oec
— Mayor Watermelon (@MayorWatermelon) January 11, 2019