Women & Children First vandalized with transphobic stickers

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CHICAGO — Feminist bookstore Women & Children First has been getting hit with transphobic stickers in recent weeks.

The Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday that the stickers were appearing on the windows of the store in the Andersonville neighborhood when store manager H. Melt came in to open. The newspaper that Melt tweeted about the stickers this past Friday.

The bookstore is one of the most well-known and respected feminist bookstores in the country. It’s also long been a supporter of the transgender community.

Melt said in their tweets and to the Tribune that the stikers were the same ones used by a “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” (TERF) group based in Great Britain.

Store co-owner Sarah Hollenbeck told the newspaper that the stickers were easily removed, but that didn’t change the impact on those with the store.

“What is the long-term goal?” Hollenbeck told the Tribune. “Just to make us feel terrorized and harassed and on edge?” But the community has also supported the store.

On Sunday, the store is hosting a Community Activation, planning to, according to the Facebook event, “cover Andersonville in trans flags, trans colors, and trans affirming messages.” The stickers, by the way, have been going up on Sunday nights after closing.

The activation is being co-sponsored by the Chicago Therapy Collective and Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. It starts at 6 p.m. at the store, 5233 N Clark St. in Chicago.

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