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Details Features Radical Trans/Queer Group Bash Back

Bash Back gets a glamour shot in this month's Details. Photo by Danielle Levitt.

You may remember the incident in November in which the Lansing, Michigan-based chapter of the Bash Back anarchist group, angry over the church's repression of gays, held a demonstration at the Mt Hope Church in that city, "disrupting a service by pulling a fire alarm, dropping leaflets and yelling at parishioners."

There's a profile of the group in this month's Details: "Founded just over a year ago, the group adamantly opposes what it calls the 'gender binary system,' which classifies people as either male or female. Most members consider themselves neither or both. It's anti-establishment, anti-military, and anti-marriage—for anyone. What Bash Back! supports is gender self-determination, lots of sex and pornography, and confrontation as a first resort—a necessary response to violence."

The group's approach troubles gay rights groups. Sue Hyde of the NGLTF notes: "This looks too much like something I don't want to be involved with. Seeing weapons in the hands of gay folks in the U.S.? There's plenty of hate in the world."

But one group member — Milwaukee member Tristyn Trailer-Trash — says they're not trying to persuade anyone: "We're not trying to change people's minds, we're not trying to bend straight people to give us freedom—we're fighting back. We're going to stop them from preaching hate, stop them from creating an environment that's unfriendly to gay, queer, and trans people. We're not going to be nice about it—they're not being nice about it!"

Read the whole article here.

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  1. It's a pity these folks are 30 years too late to join Adam and the Ants.


    Posted by: James | Aug 24, 2009 1:53:43 PM

  2. Straight people have only themselves to blame. Some of us anticipated this movement a long time ago.

    Pro? Con? who knows. Gratifying? Hell Ya!!!

    Posted by: roger ramjet | Aug 24, 2009 1:59:32 PM

  3. I"m all for gays with guns -

    already a member of the band - so go ahead stupid straight guy... try and vent your rage on me.

    Posted by: fred | Aug 24, 2009 2:02:33 PM

  4. A re-invented ACT UP? About time...

    Posted by: NYtribe | Aug 24, 2009 2:03:53 PM

  5. I know this is controversial and all...but I am really liking the pink bat.

    Posted by: Pekemo | Aug 24, 2009 2:07:45 PM

  6. This is wrong on so many levels. Angry people doing angry things. Just what the world needs more of.

    I could care less what they do for the gay rights movement. In the end, they probably make it look more mainstream. In the meantime, these kids are just wasting space and time with their villainy.

    Posted by: ColinATL | Aug 24, 2009 2:08:51 PM

  7. I'm all for this... LOVE IT!

    Posted by: Pierre | Aug 24, 2009 2:10:39 PM

  8. Loves it.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 24, 2009 2:12:00 PM

  9. Coming this fall to Independent Film Channel: "Stand By Me" re-imagined by John Cameron Mitchell and starring Clay Aiken.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 24, 2009 2:13:56 PM

  10. I can't help but to like BB and appreciate them. I can neither endorse not condemn their methods, though my thoughts (and my emotions) are with them.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Aug 24, 2009 2:16:44 PM

  11. Likewise Mom really can kiss it better. Bless.

    Posted by: elcamino | Aug 24, 2009 2:20:01 PM

  12. If I was an an alternative vigilante gay/trans group we would have way better uniforms. I'm thinking capes and stuff. Just a thought...

    Posted by: omgyawu | Aug 24, 2009 2:20:14 PM

  13. Have to say I'm sick of hearing gay rights groups and their kumbaya bullshit about "reaching out" and "changing hearts and minds". If your going door to door begging for the civil rights guaranteed you by the constitution your not doing so on my behalf. I see this group as a direct response to all this sort of pussy bullshit. Good for them
    Looking at the past 30 years , you have to say this sort of thing works. As much as we may dislike republicans they employ these tactics to great advantage. They basicly have no real power now but are still setting the agenda! Every time you elect a democrat they make excuses. Oh we can't win the republicans are just too mean! Democrats deserve just as much blame for the last 8 years as republicans because they allowed them to do it. When will the left learn that being a pussy just doesn't work?!!! Now we're saddled with another wimp for the next four years dithering away the overwhelming opportunity given him in true democratic style. Hillary was just mean and a "bitch". No one stopped to think that maybe a "bitch" was just what we needed.

    Posted by: Mike Kilpatrick | Aug 24, 2009 2:26:05 PM

  14. A fat lesbian with a bat and a couple of skinny queens is supposed to make me feel safer? I'll take my chances with the straights....

    Posted by: Davey | Aug 24, 2009 2:27:59 PM

  15. By God would these people grow up... Honestly, does nobody else think this is just juvenile nonsense?

    Posted by: namesRhard | Aug 24, 2009 2:29:13 PM

  16. If you want to really feel safe, join, become proficient in the use of your personal, legal firearm.

    Posted by: Mykelb | Aug 24, 2009 2:31:11 PM

  17. Yawn. Get a job.

    Posted by: mike | Aug 24, 2009 2:33:03 PM

  18. OMG! Remember when Justin joined a group like this on Queer as Folk? That was so totally awesome. Except until the part where his friend wanted to kill that guy. That was totally uncool and really major.

    This so totally edgy. Just like QAF. OMG!

    Posted by: OMG! | Aug 24, 2009 2:34:38 PM

  19. I suggest bash back keep their nose out of Oakland business (re: their oh so attempt at being shocking by showing solidarity with lovelle mixon yet being thousands of miles away because they themselves don't have the balls to be "cop killers")

    Posted by: MissNee | Aug 24, 2009 2:49:56 PM

  20. I love the idea, but like a previous comment said, these folks need to hit the gym if they're going to strike that particular pose.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 24, 2009 2:52:53 PM

  21. This is not good for anybody. Violence begets only violence. While I think we have every right to defend ourselves and our community, to invade churches and angrily confront people will not further the cause of equality. Yes we should call out the hatred and discrimination, but these tactics will only encourage retaliation, and it won't be these kids getting the hurt, it's going to be some poor defensless kid on his way home. The high road is a long path, and it's not easy. It takes patience and maturity and courage. But when you get to the end you haven't become the monster you were fighting.

    Posted by: Ken | Aug 24, 2009 3:05:24 PM

  22. LOL! Oh brother, what a bunch of maroons.

    So these punks got a press guy to call Details knowing they will do a story on anything (See their profile on white power freak Derek Black) and now they're "Malibus Most Wanted"!

    I say we drop them off on 112th and Alameda in L.A. and see just how bad ass they really are. Let's make it interesting. Let's drop them off at about 2:45am.

    Let the games begin.

    Posted by: derek washington | Aug 24, 2009 3:20:29 PM

  23. POSTED BY: OMGYAWU | AUG 24, 2009 2:20:14 PM
    If I was an an alternative vigilante gay/trans group we would have way better uniforms. I'm thinking capes and stuff. Just a thought...
    Did you learn NOTHING from The Incredibles?
    "No capes!"
    (key bit starts at 2:10)

    Posted by: tjc | Aug 24, 2009 3:42:40 PM

  24. love the fashion, hate the weapons. the best way to fight violence isn't responding back with violence.

    does this have to be one of the first trans-related things details covers? sigh...

    Posted by: jay | Aug 24, 2009 3:45:10 PM

  25. They come across as a bunch of juvenile delinquents stomping their feet and throwing temper tantrums. I'd have more respect if they deigned to use their names and faces like Act Up and Queer Nation did. This posturing and posing with weapons makes them look quite silly. The sad reality about them is they're a bunch of scared kids with an axe to grind.

    And I haven't even gotten to their politics! Oy!

    Posted by: DR | Aug 24, 2009 4:26:55 PM

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