Orleans, MI – David Reddish reports for Queerty that Camp Boomerang, the new gay men-oriented camp near Orleans, Michigan, has come under fire for discrimination…and it hasn’t even opened yet. Owners of the camp declared on social media that transgender men will not be allowed on the campground. “Camp Boomerang is a private, membership-only RV park/campground that allows only ‘guys,’” said Bryan Quinn, owner of Camp Boomerang in a Facebook post, according to PrideSource. “A ‘guy,’ in terms of this discussion, is defined as a person with a penis, [who] presents himself as male and has a state-issued ID that says ‘male.’” “We understand this statement, unfortunately, may not make everyone happy, but feel it needs to be clarified,” Quinn continued. “It is our hope that everyone who visits Camp Boomerang enjoys a comfortable, safe, non-confrontational environment going forward. Being a ‘private membership only’ entity allows us the ability to build a like-minded atmosphere. We don’t mean for this to come off as a ‘like it or leave it’ attitude, but we feel it’s necessary for everyone to know exactly what our vision is for Camp Boomerang.”
Needless to say, Quinn’s comments have not placated angry campers, who interpret the Camp Boomering policy as transphobic. “Any type of policy that would require someone to prove their gender identity is counterproductive to advancing LGBTQ rights and divides our community,” Executive Director Brayden Misiolek of Transcend The Binary said of the ID policies. “As someone who lives with dysphoria, this news is very dehumanizing. Any kind of discriminatory policies like this erase us as a community. It invalidates our lived experiences and perpetuates narratives of illegitimacy, which can and does lead to harm for trans and non-binary people.” Solanum commented, “Yikes…The way some gay men act about other gay men/non-binary peoples (sic) bodies is disgusting…it’s a nudist retreat for gay men so allow all gay men (regardless of genitals). Y’all act as if the presence of a vagina is going to emotionally scar and traumatize y’all…”
Not everyone opposed the camp’s policy. GentlemanCaller wrote, “I absolutely support trans inclusion. That said, I also support my right not to be exposed to vaginas when I’m at a clothing-optional resort targeted to gay men. Liz_B_Anne said, “The entire vibe changes when someone of another sex enters the group, especially if you’re there expecting to only see others of your sex. As a lesbian who has been nude at a party around a transwoman with a penis, I can tell you this definitively. It catches you off guard and is not a great feeling. There may be trauma attached that others know nothing about so it’s not cool to make assumptions.” (Queerty – David Reddish at https://www.queerty.com/gay-camp-michigan-fire-issuing-genital-requirements-20210219?utm_source=Queerty+Subscribers&utm_campaign=56c14876fe-20210219_Queerty_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_221c27272a-56c14876fe-431876119)
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