The Queer Avengers, Wellington’s new vocal GLBT activism group, “glitter bombed” feminist writer Germaine Greer to protest against her history of transphobia towards transwomen.
Glitter-bombing has gained prominence internationally as a way to highlight transphobia and queerphobia. A glitter bomb is a lightning fast protest where activists will approach a famous person and cover them in a shower of glitter. Republican politicians at rallies are a regular target.
Greer is in New Zealand touring as part of Writers and Readers Week and was glitter bombed at the Embassy Theatre in an attempt to highlight Greer’s transphobia in the past.
The Queer Avengers say Greer has a history of denouncing transwomen; outing prominent transwomen.
In a 2009 column for The Guardian, Greer discussed intersex Olympian Caster Semenya and was noted as saying:
“Nowadays we are all likely to meet people who think they are women, have women’s names, and feminine clothes and lots of eyeshadow, who seem to us to be some kind of ghastly parody, though it isn’t polite to say so. We pretend that all the people passing for female really are. Other delusions may be challenged, but not a man’s delusion that he is female.”
“Transphobic feminism is so 20th Century,” asserted Stacey of the Queer Avengers. “It wasn’t okay then and it’s not okay now. Women’s liberation must mean the right to refuse imposed gender roles, to fight for diverse gender expression.”
The Queer Avengers also handed out leaflets stating “transphobia is bullshit”.
Greer was arrested in 1972 while touring New Zealand, for saying the word “bullshit.”
The Queer Avengers recently stormed Fairfax Media headquarters in Wellington for giving a platform to anti-trans sentiments. The group will be holding a press conference on media coverage of gender variance on Thursday the 15th of March, 1:30pm at Anvil House.