Chelsea Edgar didn’t have an easy assignment. The Seven Days reporter was given the task of writing a comprehensive take on the life and times of the late Peggy Luhrs, pioneering feminist, antiwar activist and, in her later years, a loud and unapologetic TERF. Luhrs lived a long time and accomplished many things. But she was a source of hate for the transgender community.
Doing right by all of that is a tough balance to strike. But there was one big area where Edgar and her editors absolutely fell down on the job.
Not a single transgender person was quoted.
Five friends were quoted, as well as five community activists, some of whom work in the LGBTQIA space. Luhrs herself was quoted at least seven times, and there were multiple examples of her harsh rhetoric. (One of her friends uttered a toned-down version of the TERF point of view.) The conservative Republican Bradford Broyles even got the chance to call trans women “biological males.”
But no room for transgender people. We should have heard from trans women at least; many of them were directly affected by Luhrs’ hateful actions.Continue reading