Thursday, November 20, 2014

TDOR 2014 Musings


Today is the 15th anniversary of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, which was conceived by Gwen Smith in response to the misgendering in gay and straight Boston media to the November 28, 1998 murder of of African-American trans woman Rita Hester.

As of this writing, Hester's killer has yet to be apprehended, and Smith organized a vigil that happened in San Francisco and Boston in 1999, and it didn't take long for the TDOR to go national and eventually international    

This TDOR 2014 finds me as one of the people still around that noted when the initial TDOR stated in 1999 and has participated in TDOR events in Long Island, NY, Louisville, San Antonio, and Houston to reflect upon how this event has grown over the past 15 years.   

The TDOR is a time that remember our lost trans brothers and trans sisters that were tragically taken away from us from November 21 of the previous calendar year to November 20 of this year.  

One of the things that really angered me this year in addition to the 11 trans people we lost in the United States and all of them were trans women of color.  One  one of our lost sisters was just 8 years old.   Many of our fallen sisters predominately POC's under age 40, and Brazil continues to be unfortunately the world leader in trans murders.

But shifting back to the TDOR. it is an opportunity for the trans community to raise awareness that we exist and these murders are happening.  It gives us an opportunity to partner with our allies, community build, grieve for our dead, and steel ourselves for the ongoing task to ensure that we do the necessary work to make the TDOR's unnecessary.   Many locales also wrap trans educational events around the TDOR memorials.   Some are sponsored by churches, or take place on college campuses.

The work that we need to do to create that better world that will hopefully make TDOR's unnecessary is to educate people about trans lives.   We advocate for trans human rights protective laws at the local, state and federal level to drive home the message that we are part of this community, too.

We agitate for effective policing when our people are murdered.   We push for swift capture of the perpetrators of anti-trans violence, and when they are captured by law enforcement, stiff punishments while educating the law enforcement community how to respectfully treat deceased and living trans people  We also insist from the media respectful treatment of our deceased brothers and sisaters as they comer these stories.  

TDOR's are not just for the dead and all the people who loved and treasure their memories.  They are more for the living/   The Transgender Day of Remembrance reminds us on one level that there but for the grace of God go us, and that we never forget the people whose lives were tragically take.   It also is a powerful exhortation to do all that we can in  conjunction with our allies to advance the human rights of the trans community at large and make a better world for ours and future generations of trans people.







TransGriot 2014 NFL Picks Week 12

(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) It was a Sunday full of upsets that nearly sent me to another below .500 record but I ran the table in the afternoon and Sunday and Monday night games to salvage a 8-6 record out of it.

One of those games I didn't get right was the Texans beating the Cleveland Browns.  It featured JJ Watt scoring his second offensive touchdown of the season on a marvelous catch.

Watt is the first defensive lineman since 1948 to score at least 4 touchdowns in a season, and there may be more of them in store for the hardest working d-lineman in the NFL before this season is over.

Yeah, he's earning every penny of that new extended contract that makes him the highest paid defensive end (for now) in the league.

NFL Week 12 is upon us, and this is the last week of the season in which teams get a bye week.  This time it's the Steelers and Panthers that get to have a seat and watch everyone else play.

That means only 15 games to pick this week.and I have to make up ground on Mike fast instead of just mirror his weekly record.. My picks for this week as usual in underlined bold print.

Week 11 Results

TransGriot     8-6
Eli                 5-9
Mike             8-6

2014 NFL Season Record

TransGriot     101-59-1
Eli                    99-61-1
Mike              107-53-1

NFL Week 12


Thursday Night Game
Kansas City over Oakland

Sunday Early Games
Cleveland over Atlanta
Philadelphia
over Tennessee
New England over Detroit
Green Bay over Minnesota
Indianapolis over Jacksonville
Houston over Cincinnati
NY Jets over Buffalo
Chicago over Tampa Bay

Sunday Afternoon Games
Seattle over Arizona
San Diego over St. Louis
Denver over Miami
San Francisco over Washington

Sunday Night Game
Dallas over NY Giants

Monday Night Game
New Orleans over Baltimore





Houston TDOR Service With Soul At The POD


Last night I was honored to be the keynote speaker for Progressive Open Door Community Church's and Trans Women Of Color United For Change's second annual Transgender Day of Remembrance service at the POD.

It was attended by 50 people last night, and the service organized by Dee Dee, who is an ordained deaconess in the POD, featured a predominately trans cast participating in the service along with allies.

The program was emceed by Makai Bowie, who is an ordained trans deacon at the POD, and in addition to my keynote, it featured an interpretive dance by Kay Crowel, remarks from ally P.K McCary on being an ally, Dee Dee Watters' play 'In The Eyes Of A Mother'  in which she portrayed a mother grappling with the loss of her murdered trans child, Tierra Ortiz-Rodriguez giving the prayer,  and ally Minister Marcia playing Amazing Grace on her violin and as the names were read by Roxanne Collins, Jude Fang, and Xavier Darden.  

Mother AJ Bowie represented the veterans, and she is also the mother of a trans child.

The service concluded with a benediction from Pastor Freedom Gulley, and an announcement that there will be a Transgender themed service at 12 PM Sunday at the POD featuring my Lone Star sis from Dallas, Rev. Carmarion Anderson.

For those of you in the Houston area wishing to check it out, the POD is located at 3530 Wheeler St on the expanding Texas Southern University campus. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Houston TDOR 2014 Events

Like everywhere else on the planet, H-town and our TBLG community will be memorializing our fallen trans sisters with events scheduled around the official November 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Resurrection MCC is hosting the third of a series of four Wednesday events facilitated by Houston trans community educator and activist Lou Weaver entitled Transformations:  Honoring Trans Awareness Month

The previous panels took place on November 5 and 12, with the final one after today's event taking place on December 3.

The panels are being facilitated by Weaver, and this empowering series of workshops is in honor of Trans Awareness and Ally Month!

Joined by wonderful guest presenters and co- sponsored by such ground- breaking community organizations as TENT and Equality Texas, Lou will host this enriching series featuring trans storytelling, advocacy training, and community healing! We begin with Gender 101 and conclude the Wednesday following Transgender Day of Rememberance. Networking encouraged!

They will be in the Resurrection MCC Gathering Place starting at 7:00 PM, and the church is located at 2025 W. 11th St.  You can email RevKristen@ResurrectionMCC.org
for further information.

Also happening tonight is a TDOR event organized by activist Dee Dee Watters at the Progressive Open Door Christian Church. 

The POD will celebrate the lives of our fallen transgender sisters and brothers. This night will include spoken word, poetry and much more followed by refreshments.

What is the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR)?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform.

Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

We'd love to see you and a friend there!


I'll be speaking at it, and the event starts at  7:00 PM.  The POD is located at 3530 Wheeler Street in the shadows of the Texas Southern University campus.  

Dee Dee Has also organized a
Transgender Day of Resources event at the Montrose Center that will take place November 22-23 From 10 AM to  4 PM

Wanna get on Hormones (HRT)? Wanna get your Name Changed? Wanna get Plastic Surgery? Do you have questions about being transgender or gender non confirming? Join me at Transgender Day Of Resources & Healthy Living!

Free giveaways! Free Consultations! Free Screenings! Free Workshops! Please RSVP to get your Free lunch! RSVP is not required to attend the event and get free service this is for ALL Transgender Men, Transgender Women and Gender Non Confirming persons no matter one's race, age, financial status!

Here's the link see you there please tell all transgender and gender non confirming persons about this event its Free! Free! Free!
Please tell a friend!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transgender-day-of-resources-healthy-living-tickets-13981008573


http://www.outsmartmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/TransSlider.jpgAnd finally the HTUC TDOR event will take place on November 22 on the UH main campus.  It will be in the AD Bruce Religion Center starting at 7 PM

It kicks off with a reception and social gathering with refreshments provided by HRC Houston with the TDOR program following at 8 PM  with opening remarks, a choir performance, and scheduled speakers. Names, locations, and a short description of each trans-hate murder from the last year is then read.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Philly, Are You Planning To Recognize The 50th Anniversary Of The Dewey's Sit In?

Ever since I was first sent notice of it by Dr. Susan Stryker, I was excited to learn and talk about the Dewey's Lunch Counter Sit In and Protest that involved African-American gender variant kids in April- May 1965.

Every since this came to light, there have been attempt to whitewash and gaywash the protest and erase the African-American gender variant kids completely out of the story,.

And I'm not having it.

This is one of the first instances of a protest centered around gender identity issues that involved people of color  

And that is worth celebrating, especially with the 50th anniversary of this event looming

I hope that on April 25, 2015 that we will see at that site where  Dewey's once existed members of the Philadelphia LGBT community coming together to commemorate this event in trans history

That's right I said trans history.  The protest was driven by Dewey's refusal to serve young patrons dressed in  'non-conformist clothing.'   This was a first ever protest that was sparked by gender variant issues and an ultimately successful one.

So Philly, hope you're planning a nice event on that date.

Trans Lives Matter

We have had in the United States this year 11 trans murders since June.   That's too many, but pales in comparison to what our Brazilian sisters have endured this year.

Trans Lives Matter is the message undergirding all of the TDOR events taking place this week around the November 20 TDOR date.    We're sick and tired of the unemployment and underemployent.   We're  sick and tired of the disrespect coming from all direction from family members to the greater society.   We're beyond sick and tired of being harassed, assaulted and murdered for being who we are.

It's past time to #StopTransMurders here and abroad.   It's also past time for people to recognize that trans lives matter.   Trans lives are part of the diverse mosaic of human life.   Trans lives are just as worthy of existing on this planet as you cis people who arrogantly hate on us.

And another November 20 is here for us to send that message. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Calling Your Butts Out White GL Community, Doesn't Make Me 'Anti-Gay

Been chuckling as I read the comments in some of the threads at Towleroad and other blogs discussing the now concluded unnecessary drama  PRIDE Houston initiated with their dismissive reaction to the request to move the 2015 Houston Pride Parade from Juneteenth back to its original last Saturday in June date.

The Towleroad ones were especially revealing because the blog's comment threads have a reputation of being a hotbed of anti-trans bigotry and white gay male privilege.

To those who aimed hateful comments at me and live inside Beltway 8, all I have to say to you hypocrites is when I called out Max Miller and his fellow hate ministers on this blog during the HERO debate, you couldn't stop singing my praises enough.

Leadership is not just saying what people want to hear or is popular at that moment.   Leaders also have to tell it like it T-I-S is with issues that may be unpopular.   We have to sometimes be willing to be the lone voice articulating that unpopular view against the mainstream groupthink.  

And as my longtime readers know,  I have no problem doing that.   My TransGriot electronic platform when it comes time to calling folks out who need it is an equal opportunity offender.   Just as I have no problem calling out whiteness and white supremacy wherever and whenever it shows its pointed hooded head, neither do I have a problem calling out the trans community when they screw up or my own people when they are being transphobic or homophobic.

Oct08-14_WAW_parade_mapSo for you white GL peeps who got indignant because my Black trans behind stated the obvious about PRIDE Houston's initial arrogant refusal to change the problematic parade date, got mad because I sounded the alarm about the potential PR problem, blew up the PRIDE Houston spin lines they attempted to put  out there and urged people to show up for that Thursday meeting, too bad.

If they had done the right thing in the first place, those posts wouldn't have been necessary to write   Bet you'll think twice next time before you dismiss any leaders of LGBT Houstonians of color as 'silly', 'not affiliated with any group'  or disrespect them.  

Neither will you dismiss the power and reach of this blog when amplified by social media.  You'd be surprised to find out the peeps in H-town who read TransGriot and forward posts when appropriate.

Calling your butts out when you frack up doesn't make me 'anti-gay'.  As a member of this  rainbow flag waving community I will praise you when you do things right.   But I will be just as quick to call you out when you are going down a wrong path that has the potential to negatively impact the entire community  and impede human rights progress.

Moving Day 2014

Unlike the last time in 2010, when I moved from Louisville back to Texas, this one is different in a lot of ways.    It's a shorter distance, there was unnecessary drama that triggered it, and I'm leaving the 'hood.

I'm moving to the Houston Heights, AKA the Heights.   It dates back to 1891 and was one of Houston's first suburban neighborhoods when it began to grow and expand from its original square mileage on the road to becoming the 720 sq mile diverse international city we know and love.   It was incorporated as its own city in 1896 and kept that status until Houston annexed it in 1918

I officially started the moving process yesterday by picking up the key from my landlord and moving my clothes I was able to take with me during Operation Extract Moni into it.  I notified my landlords I was exercising my option and planned on signing an initial six month lease to see it I like the area.

I'll get my desktop, books, CD's and DVD's when I have tables and bookshelves to put them on.   That's probably gonna happen soon because I have a trip to New York coming up and my sweater coat I was able to get away with for the Chicago and Dallas trips isn't gonna cut it up there in early December .

Be EntertainingWhile I'm not happy about the transphobic family drama that precipitated this move, the end result is that for the first time since September 2001 I will be living in my own space.   And speaking of space, major thanks to Sahel and her family for opening their lovely home to me as I waited for the previous tenant to vacate my apartment. 

While it's larger than the rooms in the three houses I've been living in for the last almost decade and a half, it's still a small space that I will have efficiently and creatively decorate to make it my own

It's also one in which I get to figure out the next chapter of my life and how I want it to play out.  I know what I want to do, it's just making the plan and putting in the hard work to get there

New neighborhood means new opportunities to make lifelong friends.  It's a new part of the city I get to explore.   I've always wanted to live in the Heights, and now is my chance to do precisely that since I am definitely an Inside the Loop kind of girl.

So while I was in a melancholy mood about it yesterday, and the cloudy, rainy H-town weather didn't help, it's a new day, the sun is out, and it's time to get started getting acclimated to my new place and new neighborhood. 

Thanks to everyone out there who made it possible

BTAC 2015 Dates

The dates for the 2015 Black Trans Advocacy Conference have been announced, and once again it''l be right on the doorstep of my birthday.    BTAC will happen from April 27-May 3, and it will once again be at the Doubletree Campbell Center in Dallas, TX.

For those of you flying into DFW airport for the 2015 BTAC, great news for you in that DART's light rail Orange Line now runs to and from DFW .    You can ride it all the way to the Lovers Lane Station near the hotel

And the DART East Olive St Transit Center dropoff point for Megabus in Dallas is a short two. block walk downtown to the stations in which you can catch the Orange and Red lines headed to the hotel area.

So for those of you looking for local transit options to get you to the host hotel and back to the airport or bus , they are available.

As for the conference, The National Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala (BTAC) is a distinct educational and empowerment program event, home to nearly 300 plus trans and gender non-conforming individuals, our family, friends, community allies and corporate partners from across the country who are focused on advancing black trans equality.

BTAC is a unique life changing (5) day program that furthers education, provides linkage to resources, community building and organizing, leadership development and celebration of diverse identities.

BTAC is host to over 50 workshops, seminars, CE courses, general sessions, open-forum discussions, and guest speaker presentations bringing together community educators and leaders to address the critical issues of access and parity in our society. The conference is provided free and is open to the public to gather, educate, learn, build and grow together in unity.

BTAC featured programs and events:

(5) Days of Empowerment
Black Trans Community Summit
Career Services & Job Fair
Health & Fitness Expo
Transgender Advocacy Awards Gala
Mr & Ms Black Trans International Pageant
Black Diamond Ball
Family Day in the park.
TransManifest - Live
Minority Business Expo
Hats Off Luncheon
InterFaith Summit
TRANSFORMATIONS Health & Fitness Competition
...And More


So yeah you have time to make plans to get to Dallas and hang out with your peeps from Texas and around the nation at the Doubletree Campbell Center.  

And yeah, that's my birthday weekend, so I'm planning to be in the BTAC house again.

Deadline: April 1, 2015
Registration: http://btac.blacktrans.org/
Scholarship: http://blacktrans.org/attendee-scholarship.html

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Miss International Queen 2014 Is..

For the first time ever is from Venezuela.

22 year old Isabella Santiago beat out  21 contestants from 18 nations to win the tenth edition of the Miss International Queen Pageant in Pattaya, Thailand on November 7.

Santiago is the first ever Miss International Queen winner from her nation that has regularly tasted success in Miss Universe competition around the globe but until now had never had someone win, much less placed in this prestigious pageant for trans feminine women that started in 2004.

She is the second straight contestant from South America to take home the Miss International Queen crown., and you have to wonder despite the controversial comment of Gabriela Isler when the head of Venezuela's Miss Universe organizing body will finally relent and allow trans women like Ms. Santiago to compete for their nation in the Miss Universe pageant system.

Congratulations, Isabella!

Thai Modeling Agency Starts Trans Division

Thai drag queen Pangina Heals, center, interviewed several transgender model on his Queer as Fuck webseries.The long stylish line of trans models gets an assist in extending its legacy for another generation from Thailand.

With an ever increasing list of trans models coming out like Andreja Pejic, Ines Rau and Geena Rocero,  others are getting steady work including our sis Isis King,

LeaT brpke new ground by signing a deal to become the face of the global beauty brand Redken, while Rau became the first trans woman since 1991 to pose for Playboy.

The Bangkok based  Apple Modeling Agency, one of the leading and largest agencies in Thailand, announced on November 11 they were launching a transgender model division that already has 18 girls on its books.

Director of the Apple Agency Siwaporn Hotarapawanond stated the agency has three physical types of trans models.  "First is the transgender model who is all natural.   Second, the transgender model who has had breast surgery only.   Third, the transgender who had complete surgery." 

Here's an interview drag queen Pangina Heals conducted with ten of the Apple trans division models as they participated in a photo shoot for Thai based Lips Magazine.

This seems to be the tipping point moment when trans feminine women in photo shoots or ripping the runways is not seen as a exotic element, but a fact of life in the fashion world. 


'We have three physical types of transgender models,' said Siwaporn Hotarapawanond, director of the agency.
'First, the transgender woman who is all natural. Second, the transgender who had breast surgery only. Third, the transgender who underwent the complete surgery.'
Transgender models are fast becoming a
- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/thailand-launches-worlds-first-transgender-modeling-agency141114#sthash.dB5swmax.dpuf

Chic Is About To Get Susan Luccied Again

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has put out an online fan ballot of its 2015 nominees that you can vote on. 

Top 5 from the fan ballot will be added to the ballot of electors that will determine who makes it into the 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Class.

Once again one of my fave bands Chic is one of the nominees, along with Bill Withers, the Marvelettes, NWA, the Spinners, War,  Sting, Kraftwerk, Green Day, Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

But despite being nominated in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and now 2014. it looks like Chic is on their way to getting Susan Luccied again.  

In the fan voting Bill Withers and War are just out of the Top 5 in 6th and 7th place with Chic down in 11th place out of the 14 nominees on the fan ballot.  

We'll see if that changes in the next few weeks or the Hall of Fame electors finally wake up and give Chic their long deserved spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

And Now There Are Eleven- RIP GIzzy Fowler

Photo: The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition is saddened to announce the murder of another trans woman in Tennessee.   

Early this morning, Gizzy Fowler, 24, was found shot to death in a private driveway in the Bordeaux neighborhood of Nashville. 

Anyone with information has been asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME, or through an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com.
And with  the November 20 TDOR date looming, it is my sad duty to inform you that  we've lost another transsister to anti-trans violence.

This time we go to Nashville, TN and its north side Bordeaux neighborhood for the latest sister we will be memorializing on November 20.   Her name was Gizzy Fowler, and the 24 year was found shot to death in a private driveway at 3904 Lunn Drive.

Fowler's body was lying next to the open door of her car, a white 2006 Buick LaCrosse on November 12.  Neighbors reported to Nashville PD hearing a gunshot around 4 or 5 AM CST, and were prompted to call the police because the homeowner had recently passed away due to natural causes..

Fowler is now the  eleventh trans woman of color since June to be murdered in the US, with the most recent one being Ashley Sherman in Indianapolis.    And as you probably guessed, the Nashville media did a piss poor job in initially covering the story.

Anyone with information concerning this killing has been asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME, or through an electronic tip by texting the word “CASH” along with the message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at www.nashvillecrimestoppers.com

Rest in Peace Gizzy!   Know that your trans brothers and trans sisters, and all who loved you will not rest until the person who committed this crime is captured and swiftly brought to justice.

Trans*H4CK Boston Happening Now!


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While some of us are gathered in Dallas for the Facing Race Conference, at this moment there are teams of people in Boston busily working at the Harvard Innovation Lab attempting to create apps and programs to solve real world trans social justice problems.

It's Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler's latest edition of Trans*H4CK, his innovate melding of technology and social justice into an hacking event.

I had the pleasure of witnessing the first wildly successful one in Oakland, and there was another one held in conjunction the the Trans 100 unveiling in Chicago earlier this year.    Now Dr. Z has brought it to Beantown and the Harvard Innovation Lab, and you can follow what's happening at the #Transh4ck  hashtag.

Trans*H4CKMy sisters Angelica Ross,  Lourdes Hunter and Allyson Robinson are also in the Trans*H4CK Boston house as well.

You can bet that today's tech panel discussion will be an informative and enlightening one, and it will be  interesting to see what apps come out of this edition of the tech social justice event.

And can't wait to find out what locale Trans*H4CK hits next.

Back Home Again From Dallas And The Facing Race 14 Conference

Wish I had been able to stay for the final day of seminars for the Facing Race Conference, but had to fly back home from Dallas last night.

During the a little over 24 hours I was in the Hilton Anatole Hotel for this event I got to have fun being one of the emcees for the opening plenary with Jeff Chang. 

And you know if I was missing Scandal to have my face in the place for this opening plenary session, I felt it was important for me to be there repping H-town and my trans community

I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Rinku Sen, Rosana Cruz, Paris Hatcher and some of the wonderful people keeping this conference running smoothly.

I got to see old friends like Nephew AKA Jaison Gardner, Key Jackson, Bishop Tonyia Rawls, Holiday Simmons, Samantha Master, Carla Wallace, Dru Levasseur and Parker T. Hurley. 

I got a chance to step away from the hotel for a moment and have lunch with Rafael McDonnell as we got caught up on developments on our respective ends of I-45.

I got to meet people in the flesh I've known for a while online like Isa Noyola and Sister Outsider and have substantive conversations with them.

I especially enjoyed meeting our young people and having those intergenerational conversations that are not only important to passing on the history and knowledge, but keeping a movement vibrant and alive.

It was also nice to see my trans fam that were involved in this event handling their panels business.  They expressed they were just as happy to see me on the opening plenary stage Thursday night.

And yes, it was my pleasure to have those conversations with every person that stopped me in the hallways of that cavernous hotel   I enjoyed talking with you, taking photos and sometimes being the one holding the camera taking photos of you. 

Thank you for expressing how much you loved my blog and my first time ever stint at a major conference as a master of ceremonies.  I suspect it won't be my last time doing so either.

What I would have loved to be able to do is to have been able to stay for today's seminars. 

There were some great ones and panels on the schedule at the Hilton Anatole with some renowned people in the progressive movement I would have loved to have had my fangirl moments with today like Van Jones and Victoria Rowell.

Oh well, it'll have to wait until the next time I either attend this conference or I bump into them while I'm attending another one somewhere around the country.   

Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to see a future Facing Race Conference come back to Texas, but on my end of I-45 in Houston 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Shut Up Fool Awards- Moni's In Dallas Again Edition

I was last here in Dallas for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference that happened the weekend of my birthday, and now I'm back in Dallas County for the Facing Race Conference that started last night and kicked off the seminar portion of it  today and tomorrow. 

You can check out the tweets at ‪#‎FacingRace14‬ Race Forward
or the Facing Race Livestream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/racialjustice

I enjoyed the plenary, and I got to do two things on this trip to Dallas I'd never done before.  One was fly into Love Field, and the other was emcee a conference event.

I had a blast co-hosting with Jeff Chang last night, and I've enjoyed the seminars I have been able to attend so far before I have to head back to my end of I-45 later tonight..

But this Friday, and y'all know what happens today.    I get to call out all the assorted fool, fools and groups of fools who are competing for this week's Shut Up Fool Award.  


Honorable Mention number one goes to PRIDE Houston. They were warned back in October by Black LGBT Houstonians and our allies about a problematic scheduling conflict.with the 2015 parade being held on Juneteenth and asked to quietly move it.   They blew it off and found themselves in the middle of a PR nightmare they were warned would happen if they didn't change the date back to the traditional last weekend in June. 

At last night's PRIDE community meeting they changed it back to June 27, but only after getting called out at another contentious PRIDE community meeting and enduring a lot of negative publicity while doing so.

Honorable mention number two is Deion Sanders.  While discussing Michael Sam he recently recited the tired line that Sam 'chose to be gay' and added 'God Don't make mistakes' to it.

So Deion, tell me the exact date you 'chose to be a straight womanizer?'  As for thesecond part of your statement, you're absolutely right Deion. God didn't make mistakes. That's why trans, bi and SGL people exist.    Some of them are damned good football players. too

Honorable mention number three is a group award for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, MN for the jacked up #pointergate story.

Honorable mention number four goes to the Kentucky Baptist Assn for kicking out Louisville's LGBT friendly Crescent Hill Baptist Church for doing what our faith commands and loving everyone that enters their sanctuary doors.

What next? Is the Kentucky Baptist Assn. going to kick out churches that feed the hungry, visit the sick and shut in and perform interracial marriages, too?

Honorary mention number five goes to Robert R Jennings, the president of HBCU Lincoln Univ, in Pennsylvania who in a recent convocation managed the dual feat of slut shaming and victim blaming the female students in attendance.

This week's Shut Up Fool Award winner is Texas State Senator Donna Campbell (R) , who filed a bill earlier this week that seeks to enshrine the 'right to discriminate into our Texas constitution

Why?   Didn't you learn when this same bill failed in the 2013 session and from what happened in Arizona? 

Don't you realize that it will be a job and convention business killer, and the right to discriminate can be turned back around on people like you?

Sen Donna Campbell, shut up fool..

Moni's In The Facing Race 14 House!


After handling my emcee hosting duties and having a late night trying to decide what fool gets the blog's Shut Up Fool award, it's time to get into the Facing Race conference and see some of the seminars before I have to leave for a slightly warmer Houston.

HomeYep, when I arrived in Dallas yesterday at Love Field it was a sunny33 degrees.

The sun is taking a vacation today.  Figures it would do that the first time this event is hosted in Texas.

And yep, this is my first one, so I definitely want to see  and hear what peeps are talking about at a conference dedicated to one of my favorite subjects in terms of eradicating racism from this planet for future generations.

You also gotta love a conference that renamed the ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel the 'Anti-Imperial Ballroom. 

And I'm still getting kudos from last night's emcee performance.   Believe it or not that was the first time I've ever been asked to do it for a major conference, even though I've been hosting or emceeing events since I was 10. 

You can follow the #FacingRace14  hashtag to check out what people are talking about, texting and tweeting to each other and the world.   There's also a YouTube channel that they will be livecasting various events on like last night's plenary.and today's 3:30 PM CST.keynote speech from Dr Bernice Johnson Reagon and her daughters Toshi and Tashawn

They are three generations of artists and activists who have an interesting intergenerational story to tell

Okay, enough writing.   Time for me to get my learn on before I have to go...

PRIDE Houston Moves Date Back To June 27

PRIDE Houston after a contentious public meeting at the Montrose Center last night corrected their mistake and moved the 2015 Pride Parade back to its traditional last weekend in June date.

Now was that so hard?   It wouldn't have been if you'd listened to the Black LGBT community and our allies when we first told you about the problematic date conflict to begin with. instead of blowing us off. 

You could have saved yourselves the negative publicity, another contentious public PRIDE meeting, and unnecessary drama.  

But thank you for FINALLY doing the right thing and moving the parade date back to the last weekend in June where it belongs.    They also announced the formation of a Cultural Committee.

Great first steps to undo the unnecessary drama started by the initial decision, but satisfying to many people including those of us who warned about the Juneteenth scheduling conflict in the first place..

We'll be watching to make sure PRIDE Houston follows through on what you told that packed meeting room you'd do.

Deeds will be far more important than words from now on.