Homesick: Reflections from a Divided Family

A place for folks who can't (or won't) return to that place called "home" - a visual depiction of the many, many faces that will be missing from Michfest until it becomes a safe and affirming community for trans women too.
Inky
2010, the 1st & last time I attended MWMF. Many of my friends had often told me the fun tales of camping in northern MI wilderness with loads of womyn, the workshops, the concerts, the parties…sounded like an ethereal event I could not miss! My gf & I arrived the day after the Fest was vandalized. As I walked onto the land, eyes full of wonderment, I was also confronted by many friends & soon to be friends questioning me about a friend who is trans, the supposed person who vandalized Fest. To this day my heart is torn on the subject. Do I believe my friend committed these acts? No. Do I believe someone did? Yes. Neither here nor there the uprising that was bore from these incidents began vibrating throughout the land…some of the things I over heard & witnessed left my heart broken. Eye for an eye makes the world blind. I also know the horrible feeling of being violated in a safe space…Once leaving the land, I could not bring myself to go again….the healing wonderment of the land had become tainted for me…and until all womyn are accepted, I will not change my mind!

Inky

2010, the 1st & last time I attended MWMF. Many of my friends had often told me the fun tales of camping in northern MI wilderness with loads of womyn, the workshops, the concerts, the parties…sounded like an ethereal event I could not miss! My gf & I arrived the day after the Fest was vandalized. As I walked onto the land, eyes full of wonderment, I was also confronted by many friends & soon to be friends questioning me about a friend who is trans, the supposed person who vandalized Fest. To this day my heart is torn on the subject. Do I believe my friend committed these acts? No. Do I believe someone did? Yes. Neither here nor there the uprising that was bore from these incidents began vibrating throughout the land…some of the things I over heard & witnessed left my heart broken. Eye for an eye makes the world blind. I also know the horrible feeling of being violated in a safe space…Once leaving the land, I could not bring myself to go again….the healing wonderment of the land had become tainted for me…and until all womyn are accepted, I will not change my mind!

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