Michfest

Read the latest news about the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, also known as Michfest, MWMF, and the Original Womyn’s Woodstock. Find out about this annual feminist music festival, established 1976 near Hart, Michigan, that is entirely staffed and attended by women. Discover controversy regarding this 'womyn born womyn'-only rule, which some have criticized for its refusal to allow for the entry of transgender women. Find out how bands like the Indigo Girls have ceased performing at Michfest in response to this rule.
Op-ed: Michfest's Founder Chose to Shut Down Rather Than Change With the Times

Op-ed: Michfest's Founder Chose to Quit Rather Than Change

When mourning what was good about Michfest, blame its poor leadership for the loss.

Michfest Womyn and Trans Women Ask 'Why?'

Michfest Womyn and Trans Women Ask 'Why?'

A look behind the scenes at how this summer's 40th annual Michigan Womyn's Music Festival became its last.

This Year's Michigan Womyn's Music Festival Will Be the Last

This Michfest Will Be the Last

The 40-year-old festival, the subject of controversy in recent years, 'is coming to a time of closure,' says its founder and organizer.

Michfest Has a Few Demands Of Its Own

Michfest Has a Few Demands Of Its Own

With another festival come and gone, Michfest founder and organizer Lisa Vogel laid out a list of 'demands' she'd like her critics to meet.

Op-ed: Why Antigone Rising and the Head of GLAAD Won't Be at Michfest

Op-ed: Why Antigone Rising and GLAAD's Leader Skip Michfest

While transgender women become increasingly visible, there is one place where the promise of shared womanhood does not include them.

BREAKING: HRC Takes on MichFest

HRC Takes on MichFest

The Human Rights Campaign has weighed in on the trans-exclusionary 'womyn born womyn' intention of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, and festival organizers may not like what the national group has to say.

Equality Michigan Petitions Michfest to End Exclusionary Policy

Michfest Petitioned By Statewide Group Over Exclusionary Policy

A perennial source of controversy, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival's 'womyn born womyn' intention comes under fire from one of the state's largest LGBT advocacy organizations.

Crystal Bowersox on Why She Disagrees With Michfest But Will Still Perform

Crystal Bowersox Is Sticking With Michfest But Not Siding With It

The singer-songwriter tells The Advocate she opposes Michfest's intention to exclude trans women but will still headline the event.

Michfest Urges Attendees to Rally Behind Its Performers

Michfest Urges Attendees to Rally Behind Its Performers

Michfest organizer Lisa Vogel clarifies that trans women aren't banned — they just aren't wanted on the land.

Orange Is the New Black's Lea DeLaria Withdraws From Michfest

OINTB Star Withdraws From Michfest

Responding to Twitter questions about her decision to perform at the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, which does not admit transgender women, out actor Lea DeLaria announced that she will not participate.

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