Not Even Open Yet, This Gay Campground Has Been Slammed for Petty Transphobia
In a truly abhorrent move, a gay campground in Michigan has banned transmen from their male-only park. Though Camp Boomerang hasn’t even opened yet, it is (understandably) causing a ton of controversy with its blatant, mind-boggling transphobia.
Bryan Quinn, co-owner of Camp Boomerang RV Park and Campground, posted this on Facebook:
Camp Boomerang is a private, membership-only RV park/campground that allows only ‘guys.’ A ‘guy,’ in terms of this discussion, is defined as a person with a penis, presents himself as male and has a state-issued ID that says ‘male.’
We understand this statement, unfortunately, may not make everyone happy, but feel it needs to be clarified. It is our hope that everyone who visits Camp Boomerang enjoys a comfortable, safe, non-confrontational environment going forward. Being a ‘private membership only’ entity allows us the ability to build a like-minded atmosphere. We don’t mean for this to come off as a ‘like it or leave it’ attitude, but we feel it’s necessary for everyone to know exactly what our vision is for Camp Boomerang.
What “vision,” Bryan? A reactionary, transphobic one that none of us want to be a part of? Cool.
We’ll pass, and we’re not the only ones who feel this way. In fact, the gay campground has already received numerous comments on its Facebook page, calling them out for their bigotry.
One Facebooker wrote: “Not only do you have to have a dick, you have to be a dick to camp here. These revolutionary business owners have created a fantastic new approach to outdoor inclusivity by creating a special plot of land where only outy peepee men are welcome. I honestly can’t wait to watch them fail at this like they did Biology.”
Another commenter: “Trans men are MEN, you pretentious, exclusionary cockwaffles. 0/10, would absolutely NOT recommend.”
Camp Boomerang will be the fourth gay campground to open up in Michigan — along with CreekRidge, Campit Resort Saugatuck, and The Windover Women’s Resort. CreekRidge, although outwardly welcoming of transmen, requires “that their identification is that of a male due to being an all-male campground.” Because — you know — nothing is more gender-confirming than a stamp of approval from the state.
In contrast, at Campit there are no such ridiculous requirements, and the campground is open to cis and trans men and women.
It is high time the LGBTQ community at large takes a stand against these so-called queer establishments with their unconscionable policies. The messages of disgust on Facebook are a good start to what will hopefully become a full-on boycott of Camp Boomerang.
Do you know of a gay campground that welcomes trans men?
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