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Male-only Michigan campsite bans trans men
2021-02-19

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In Michigan, the owners of Camp Boomerang RV Park and Campground in Orleans—about 50 miles northwest of Lansing—announced they will ban trans men from their male-only park when they officially open this spring, PrideSource.com reported.

"Camp Boomerang is a private, membership-only RV park/campground that allows only 'guys,'" said Boomerang's Bryan Quinn in a Facebook posting to the camp's page. "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.'"

Backlash to the statement online was swift and severe as Quinn continued commenting. "Let's be real here," Quinn said in one comment. "If we let women that act like men in, and they go naked at the pool, that's when it's obvious that there's no penis. Sorry to put it bluntly. But if you don't like the rules, quietly leave."

Many disagree. Among them is Michael O'Connor, owner of the Michigan resort site Campit (in Fennville, Michigan) and the webmaster for the Gay Camp Association. "Our policies and our cultures [at Campit] are 180 degrees from Camp Boomerang," O'Connor said. "They can do what they want to do. But we don't support policies like that at all at Campit." At Campit, there is no such ID requirement and the campground is open to men and woman, cisgender and transgender.

Windy City Times attempted to visit the camp's Facebook page but the account was unavailable. However, WCT discovered a review of the campground by Full Time Gays on YouTube. Full Time Gays attached a warning to the video that reads, in part, "Several months after making this very positive video about Camp Boomerang, a new all-male campground in Orleans, MI, we learned that the "men only" campground has chosen to limit their clientele to cis-males only. While every private business has a right to choose its own rules, Full Time Gays *strongly* disapproves of disenfranchising our trans brothers.

"Our hope is that in the meantime, the campground owners rethink this stance and take this as a teachable moment. Yes, we all have the freedom of choice when it comes to where we spend our money, but let's face it—there are precious few campgrounds that cater to the LGBT community, so for many, the choices are limited."

The full article is at pridesource.com/article/owners-of-gay-michigan-camp-boomerang-ban-trans-men-in-social-media-post/. Full Time Gays' YouTube video is at www.youtube.com/watch .


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