TERF Activism Reveals Transphobia Within LGBTQ+ Community

Trans-exclusionary radical feminism (TERF). It is a so-called radical feminist movement, both in and out of the LGBTQ+ community, that rejects the acceptance of trans women and instead promotes traditional gender binaries and gender essentialism. Activists in the movement have become known for their aggressive online trolling tactics and public demonstrations meant to disrupt and negate trans pride, advocacy, and inclusion.

Many individuals in the TERF movement, which contains a contingent of  cisgender white lesbians, take issue with all aspects of trans* life, even calling them “crossdressers.” It is a characteristic of TERFs to devalue one branch of the LGBTQ+ family through abusive language and tactics.

Last week at the London Pride parade, a group of activists associated with the movement interrupted the parade and ultimately hijacked and led the procession. The incident sparked outrage in trans community, particularly amongst the QTPoC community.

With events and trends like these, it is important to remember what Marsha P. Johnson always taught: “No pride for some of us, without liberation for all of us.” QTPoC, particularly tran* women of color, have always been at the forefront of the fight for equality, and yet they continue to be the most prominent targets of discrimination, oppression, and violence, even within the community.

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