In the most recent GLCC newsletter, the organization announced that Celebrate the Night has become an official committee of the organization. Celebrate the Night is a variety show that benefits the GLCC.
As you may recall, CTN generated a firestorm last year by refusing to audition a transwoman and pronouncing that she was not woman enough to meet their criteria. At that point, the CTN website described the event as celebrating all women.
They've since updated it to state:
For the purpose of this event, if a person is legally recognized as
a woman or living full-time as a woman, she is a woman.
No such requirement that to be a lesbian, you must be legally recognized or living full-time as a lesbian. Which is good since there are many, many women who participate in CTN that are not 100% out of the closet and I would hate for them to feel excluded just because they aren't lesbian enough.
Well, at least if the GLCC is going to formally associate itself with an organization that openly discriminates against transwomen,things are a little more out in the open. The GLCC has historically been a little weak on transinclusion and I don't really think this is going to come as a shock to anyone. The truth is that Pittsburghers who are L, G, B and Q really have a long way to go when it comes to lifting up and including our trans brothers and sisters.
For a complete herstory on this situation, click here.
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For identity's sake, I am a butch lesbian, tanswoman, (non fem, pre-op transwoman married to a woman). I think any group oganized to serve any gender or sexual identity should be able to remain autonomous to that purpose and members should vote and or decide for the group to be exclusive and decide what is inclusive and what is not. To that end where is my group and or how do I start one?