Major feminist group elects ‘transgender’ man as leader

The organization's new president dismisses his critics of his selection, saying 'I am living at the intersection of trans identity and being a woman.'
Thu Dec 7, 2017 - 5:27 pm EST
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QUEBEC, December 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Quebec’s largest feminist organization has elected a “transgender” biological male as its president.

The Federation des Femmes du Quebec, which represents some 300 feminist groups and about 700 individual members, announced Monday that Gabrielle Bouchard is its new leader.

The 49-year-old Bouchard is a “trans advocate and public educator” with Concordia University’s Center for Gender Advocacy. His Twitter handle is “Gabbi_unicorn.”

According to English-language reports, Bouchard faced backlash from Quebec press and online commentators on the grounds that a man can’t understand a woman’s experience, but that he dismissed the critics.

“They are saying we'll tolerate trans women as long as they are not in a position of power,” Bouchard told Canadian Press. “We’ll tolerate lesbians in the movement as long as they stand 10 feet away.”

The criticism “presumes all women live the same experience — which is not true,” he added.

“All the barriers I face are actually based in sexism. They also happen to be based in transphobia. I am living at the intersection of trans identity and being a woman, and it creates a marginalization that some women don’t face.”

But Campagne-Quebec Vie (Campaign Life Quebec) president Georges Buscemi has only noticed “an awkward silence in much of the media.”

Only the Journal du Montreal, “which is a kind of right-leaning paper,” is “trying to generate some kind of debate,” he told LifeSiteNews.

Journal du Montreal writer Denise Bombardier wrote two columns critical of Bouchard’s election.

“Who is this man who became a woman as an adult?” she questioned.

“How can she speak on behalf of all women, as someone who was raised in a masculine culture, ignoring the experiences that women have lived through since they were born?”

Buscemi also blasted Bouchard’s election.

“How much more do we need to prove that Western civilization has gone insane?” he told LifeSiteNews. “There’s a man at the head of the women’s association.”

He thinks most Quebecers agree with him, and that’s why local media are “tiptoeing” around the event.

His video commentary criticizing Bouchard’s election has generated mostly positive feedback on Facebook, Buscemi said.

Campaign Life Coalition, Canada’s national pro-life, pro-family political lobbying group, echoed Buscemi, tweeting that Bouchard’s election is the inevitable consequence of gender confusion.

The Federation des Femmes du Quebec that Bouchard now leads is pro-abortion.

Moreover, according to its website, the federation “aims to deconstruct and eliminate patriarchy and all the other systems of oppression or domination with which it is intertwined, such as capitalism, racism, imperialism, heterosexism, colonialism, capacityism and ageism that work together to marginalize and exploit women sexually, socially, economically, culturally, politically and religiously.”

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