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.
Crystal Bowersox on Why She Disagrees With Michfest But Will Still Perform
May 21 2014 7:15 AM ET

Crystal Bowersox Is Sticking With Michfest But Not Siding With It

Parker Marie Molloy

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
May 16 2014 11:22 AM ET

Michfest Urges Attendees to Rally Behind Its Performers

Parker Marie Molloy

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
May 07 2014 8:39 PM ET

OINTB Star Withdraws From Michfest

Sunnivie Brydum

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.

Orange is the New Black Star Joins Line-up of Trans Exclusionary Music Festival
May 07 2014 10:50 AM ET May 08 2014 12:27 PM ET

OITNB Star Joins Michfest Lineup

Parker Marie Molloy

Lea DeLaria has joined the lineup for this year's Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, an event that explicitly forbids trans people, like her Orange Is The New Black costar Laverne Cox, from attending.

Hunter Valentine Cancels MichFest Performance Over 'Womyn Born Womyn' Policy
March 27 2014 4:19 PM ET

Hunter Valentine Cancels on MichFest Over Antitrans Policy

Parker Marie Molloy

The long-running women-only music festival has been criticized over a policy that excludes transgender women and is viewed by some as transphobic.

Op-ed: Where 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Alive and Well
August 14 2013 4:21 AM ET

Op-ed: Where 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Alive and Well

Riki Wilchins

MichFest can do better.

Is It Wrong to Perform at Michfest?
May 28 2013 6:00 AM ET

Is It Wrong to Perform at Michfest?

Karen Iris Tucker

With the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival sticking by its policy against admitting openly transgender women, some performers distance themselves or keep quiet.

Ladies, Are You Ready for Michfest?
April 10 2013 5:00 AM ET

Ladies, Are You Ready for Michfest?

Clea Kim

Despite continuing controversy over the rights of transgender women to participate, lesbians around the globe will soon be descending on this international feminist music festival.

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