Yuly Chan: A Documented History of TERF/SWERF Ideology

Written on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations, in what is colonially known as Vancouver, Canada.

This document serves to archive examples and evidence of a demonstrated effort in the promotion of harmful, violent TERF/SWERF ideology by Yuly Chan for the purposes of public awareness and community accountability. We recognize this ideology to work in tandem with the institutionalization of cisheteropatriarchy in so-called “Canada”, coming into existence on these lands due to colonization.

Yuly Chan is an active member of Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution (AWCEP)1 and Chinatown Action Group (CAG)2. Chan is also connected to labour unions in Vancouver, Canada.3 In their work, they have been witnessed and documented aligning themselves with TERF/SWERF ideology:

  • In February 2018, Chan was witnessed making the statement: “trans people are against feminism.”
  • On February 18th, 2018, Chan retweeted Vancouver Rape Relief (VRR), stating “Working class women have always been on the frontlines of rape crisis centres. Shame on the labour unions that have pulled their funding from orgs like @VanRapeRelief. Shows how much they really don’t care about building a working class movement, or one that supports women”.4
    • VRR has a history of excluding trans women from their services, volunteer positions, and leadership positions.5 VRR also promotes the criminalization of sex work.6
  • On May 14th, 2017, Chan tweeted a link to a FeministCurrent post, entitled “Bill C-16 misunderstands what gender is and how it harms women under patriarchy”.7
      • FeministCurrent is an online bigoted, hateful, fear-mongering rag run by Meghan Murphy, a well-known TERF/SWERF local to Vancouver.
      • Bill C-16 was legislation which sought to amend the Canadian Human Rights Code to include protections for trans and gender nonconforming people from discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.
      • Meghan Murphy, representatives from VRR, and right-wing Christian clergy flew to Ottawa to argue in parliament against this bill.8
  • On March 27th, 2015, Chan tweeted, “Excellent keynote from #chrislynnhedges on imperialism, colonialism, prostitution, resource extraction, pornography, capitalism…”9
    • Chris Hedges openly promotes anti-sex work and anti-trans women ideology both in writing and through talks. Various groups have attempted to hold him accountable for speaking over the voices of women with lived experience in sex work.10
  • On March 12th, 2015, Chan tweeted, “Open Letter to Stephen Collis organizer of SFU conference ‘State of Extraction’ from AWCEP”.11
    • On March 12th, 2015, AWCEP wrote an open letter to Stephen Collis, one of the organizers of the SFU conference ‘State of Extraction’ demanding Hedges to be re-invited to speak at the conference.12
    • Hedges was originally invited by Collis to speak at the conference, scheduled for March 27th – 29th, 2015. After the invitation, Hedges wrote an article about sex work in the DTES, titled “The Whoredom of the Left”13, comparing the extractive industry to the sexual exploitation of women, perpetuating stigma about sex work, and promoting criminalization and abolition as solutions. As a result, sex work advocates in the community wrote letters expressing their outrage to Collis and the conference organizers.10 Hedges was removed from speaking and then re-invited again.
  • On February 16th, 2015, Chan tweeted an article from Hedges, titled “Pornography is what the end of the world looks like”.14
  • On November 2014, Chan was a speaker at the Earth At Risk Conference in San Francisco15 hosted by Fertile Ground Institute.
    • The institute and conference is a brainchild of Randall Wallace and Derrick Jensen16, the latter of whom is a well known TERF/SWERF17 and co-founder of Deep Green Resistance, an eco-fascist group that has been denounced and boycotted by a variety of student, eco, and Indigenous groups in Canada and USA.18
    • At this conference, Chan spoke on a panel titled, “Confronting Misoygny” described as, “Human trafficking, pornography, and violence against women are serious issues, but receive little attention. This panel will discuss these issues and how to bring the fight for women’s liberation to the center of our work.”19
  • In April 2014, Chan signed an open letter calling for the Nordic Model approach in Canada.20
  • On March 2014, Chan spoke at a panel titled “Buying Sex: Film Screening and Feminist Panel”21, alongside Meghan Murphy.

Please note: links to sources which are tweets on Yuly Chan’s Twitter account have been made inaccessible due to Chan locking their timeline in response to this open letter. Snapshots through the Internet Archive are now being used as a back-up source and are marked with an asterisk [*].
1 “Speaker Bios” https://donotlink.it/Vjyy; Yuly’s speaker bio at the 2014 Earth At Risk Conference: “Yuly Chan is a first-generation Chinese-Canadian, originally from Venezuela. Based in Vancouver, BC, she has worked extensively with social justice organizations for the last 10 years on health inequalities, fighting patriarchy, racism, and poverty. She began as an organizer with the Vancouver Bus Riders Union focusing public transit and environmental justice. She then co-founded the Alliance for People’s Health, a collective of health workers and students that organized around health and quality of life for working class people. Presently, she is an active member of the Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution, working to challenge the normalization of human trafficking and prostitution.”
“Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution Newsletter | Fall 2013” https://donotlink.it/bge6
2 “About – Chinatown Action 2017” https://donotlink.it/jNaL
3 “Yuly Chan | 陳尤莉 on Twitter: My sis, Zailda Chan, newly elected president of UNITE HERE local 40. Here with my proud mama, also a union member #unionfamily #powerofwomen” https://donotlink.it/NnOM *https://web.archive.org/web/20180422061124/https:/twitter.com/chanYULY/status/976592782738407424
4 “Yuly Chan | 陳尤莉 on Twitter: Working class women have always been on the frontlines of rape crisis centres. Shame on the labour unions that have pulled their funding from orgs like @VanRapeRelief. Shows how much they really don’t care about building a working class movement, or one that supports women” https://donotlink.it/vbxM *https://web.archive.org/web/20180422061223/https:/twitter.com/chanYULY/status/965402230152093696
5 “Rape Relief Wins” https://www.dailyxtra.com/rape-relief-wins-19610
6 “Bill C-36 hearings told not to conflate prostitution and trafficking” http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bill-c-36-hearings-told-not-to-conflate-prostitution-and-trafficking-1.2702095
7 “Yuly Chan | 陳尤莉 on Twitter: Bill C-16 misunderstands what gender is and how it harms women under patriarchy” https://donotlink.it/xQxL *https://web.archive.org/web/20180422061151/https:/twitter.com/chanYULY/status/863405617989304320
8 “In Committee from the Senate of Canada: Legal and Constitutional Affairs – May 10, 2017” http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/in-committee-from-the-senate-of-canada/episodes/51104746/
9 “Yuly Chan | 陳尤莉 on Twitter: Excellent keynote from #chrislynnhedges on imperialism, colonialism, prostitution, resource extraction, pornography, capitalism…” https://donotlink.it/WjQE *https://web.archive.org/web/20180422060909/https:/twitter.com/chanYULY/status/581679208939663360
10 “the tl;dr version and the long version: Dear Chris Hedges… | kwetoday” https://kwetoday.com/2015/03/17/the-tldr-version-and-the-long-version-dear-chris-hedges/
“Speak with sex workers, not for them – Pivot Legal Society” http://www.pivotlegal.org/speak_with_sex_workers_not_for_them
11 “Yuly Chan | 陳尤莉 on Twitter: Open Letter to Stephen Collis organizer of SFU conference ‘State of Extraction’ from AWCEP“ https://donotlink.it/neXe
12 “Open Letter to Stephen Collis organizer of SFU conference State of Extraction” https://web.archive.org/web/20171018200913/http://www.awcep.org/news/open-letter-stephen-collis-organizer-sfu-conference-state-extraction
13 “The Whoredom of the Left” https://donotlink.it/OnOX
14 “Yuly Chan | 陳尤莉 on Twitter: “‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’ http://tdig.it/1DjMhJM” https://donotlink.it/ZjgN
15 “Earth at Risk 2014: Schedule and Details” https://donotlink.it/4B5Y
16 “Earth at Risk Conference Series” https://donotlink.it/Mn24
17 “How Derrick Jensen’s Deep Green Resistance Supports Transphobia” http://www.decolonizingyoga.com/how-derrick-jensens-deep-green-resistance-supports-transphobia/#sthash.f6qn0dKt.dpuf
“Deep Green Transphobia III: Derrick Jensen’s Hateful Tirade“ http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2013/05/17/deep-green-transphobia-iii-derrick-jensens-hateful-tirade/
“Why Deep Green Resistance Needs to Just Die Already!!” https://deepgreenburrito.wordpress.com/2014/02/23/why-deep-green-resistance-needs-to-just-die-already/
18 “Student, Eco and Indigenous Groups Oppose Transphobia at Conference” http://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2014/02/17/student-eco-and-indigenous-groups-oppose-transphobia-at-environmental-law-conference/
19 “Earth at Risk 2014: Schedule and Details” https://donotlink.it/4B5Y
“Gail Dines, Sarah Mah, Yuly Chan, and Cherry Smiley – Feminist Panel – Earth at Risk Conference” https://donotlink.it/Y3g1
20 “Open letter calls for Nordic approach to prostitution in Canada” https://www.straight.com/news/74235/open-letter-calls-nordic-approach-prostitution-canada
21 “Buying Sex: Film Screening and Feminist Panel” https://donotlink.it/wZxB