A transgender campaign against the Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant and Feminist Bookstore in Connecticut was launched over the holidays by a young person named Juniper, who is apparently a teenage girl who identifies as ‘non-binary’. (Non-binary individuals are members of a subculture who believe that reproductive sex does not exist as an objective dimorphism in mammals, and consider themselves to be reproductively intersex or neuter, although absent any evidence of such.)
Juniper kicked off the campaign to shut down the restaurant with the following Facebook post:
Hundreds of transactivists responded by flooding the restaurant, owned and operated by Lesbian Feminists for over forty years, with hostile phone calls and emails and negative ratings and comments on their Facebook and Yelp sites, along with the requisite rape and death threats that have come to typify modern transgender activism.
Now Juniper is apologizing.
“I never intended to elicit threats of harm or death to the women of Bloodroot. I do not wish violence upon anyone- that’s the opposite of why I posted this. I greatly apologize for the unintended consequences of the situation…I agree that the use of the word “violence” to describe the Bloodroot owners was dramatic and out of place. I agree that folks (me included) tend to use the word “violence” frivolously, which can dehumanize the person we are accusing and unwittingly cause real violence to occur…Also, most of the businesses that we shop at are probably owned by shitty cis men who do real harm to women, unlike the owners of Bloodroot”
Read the full statement from Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant and Feminist Bookstore here:
As many of you know, Bloodroot has recently come under attack and is currently being trolled by a number of people in…
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Bloodroot and her owners are not transphobic – far from it! Bloodroot has always welcomed and respected everyone – especially people who might feel uncomfortable in a public space. Whether that be people from other countries, people of color, people of every type of sexuality, and yes, people who are transgender. Our long-time customers know that, many who are transgender, which is why they have been rallying to our defense.
One of our relatively new customers was enthusiastically telling us about a space in Massachusetts that catered to trans people and asked if we knew about it. We didn’t but since we are not trans, it wasn’t all that interesting to us personally and stated that for us, we prefer women only spaces. This comes from our history. When Bloodroot first started in the 70’s we were trying to create a space specifically safe for women, since there were so few places like that at the time. Of course even back then we were open and welcoming to everyone, not just women. This customer misunderstood what was really an off-hand comment and perceived that to mean that we were anti-trans. She then wrote a post slamming us. That post was seen and shared. Then some in the trans community – most of whom have never been to Bloodroot – started trolling us. We find it ironic that of all the many businesses that you probably buy things from, it’s hard to imagine any of them being as supportive of not only trans people, but all people who are “different” from societal norms as Bloodroot has been and continues to be. But Bloodroot, a Vegetarian (mostly vegan) Restaurant and Feminist bookstore, that has been in business for 40+ years and is owned and run by two lesbians aged 73 and 83, is the place they decide to attack. Women who through their activism as second wave feminists help pave the way for the rights and freedoms that the trans community today enjoy!
The woman who wrote the original post has since removed it because as she said “I never intended to elicit threats of harm or death to the women of Bloodroot. I do not wish violence upon anyone- that’s the opposite of why I posted this. I greatly apologize for the unintended consequences of the situation…I agree that the use of the word “violence” to describe the Bloodroot owners was dramatic and out of place. I agree that folks (me included) tend to use the word “violence” frivolously, which can dehumanize the person we are accusing and unwittingly cause real violence to occur…Also, most of the businesses that we shop at are probably owned by shitty cis men who do real harm to women, unlike the owners of Bloodroot”
Imagine for a minute if hundreds of people who don’t know you started to attack you online, spewing lies about you that go against your core values, and trying to destroy you. Better yet, imagine them doing that to someone you love – your mother or grandmother for example. We understand this is a subject matter that many people are passionate about, but we feel this anger is misguided and misplaced.
Regardless of how you feel about Bloodroot’s stand on this, we will continue to be a welcoming space for all types of people, including those that are transgender, and treat everyone with respect. If you feel our explanation and response is inadequate for you, then you should not patronize us.