This August marks the 40th anniversary of its founding and it will be the last.
What a History!
In 1976, a young 19 year old woman, Lisa Vogel, her sister Kristie and a friend Mary Kindig planned an event that was similar to the Boston Women’s Music Festival. They secured a small wooded area near Hart Township in Michigan state. It was given the title “The Land.” The founding sisters conceived of a festival for lesbians where women built, staffed and run events. Lisa has explained the philosophy behind Michfest: “the intention” that the festival is “a community defined by lesbian culture”, with “a focus on the experience of those born female, who’ve lived their lives subjected to oppression based on the sole fact of their being female.” This has raised the debate over trans women admittance and acceptance. While a women’s gender is next discussed at the gate for admission purposes, there is the ‘acceptance’ issue. Now that the festival is ending, the issue will be raised elsewhere.
A LAST CHANCE
I shamefully have to admit that I have never been to Michfest – but I am going in August 2015. I am going with a lesbian couple (my wife, Trish, cannot go). I suspect that Trish has asked Angela and Debbie to keep tabs on me.
There is a wonderful agenda to ‘close’ this festival.
Do consider going. I will be there giving out my business card and promoting my three lesbian ebooks on Amazon: Jo of the Outback, Lt. Dee: Army Nurse, Vietnam and Jazz: Jetsetting Carpenter.
Naturally, I will wanting to meet our lesbian sisters and add them to our list of friends.