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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.
While transgender women become increasingly visible, there is one place where the promise of shared womanhood does not include them.
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.
The singer-songwriter tells The Advocate she opposes Michfest's intention to exclude trans women but will still headline the event.
Michfest organizer Lisa Vogel clarifies that trans women aren't banned -- they just aren't wanted on the land.
The long-running women-only music festival has been criticized over a policy that excludes transgender women and is viewed by some as transphobic.