Friday, October 24, 2014

January Lapuz Update

Will continue to monitor this north of the border case and see if the Canadian justice system is better than the one in my own nation when it concerns dispensing justice in the murder of trans individuals.
--TransGriot, July 20, 2013

Based on the result of this case, inconclusive.

When I last checked in on this case, Charles Neel was facing second degree murder charges in the stabbing death of trans pinay January Lapuz.

The 26 year old Lapuz was stabbed in her New Westminster, BC home in September 2012 and died in a local hospital a few days later.   Neel was arrested in December 5 and charged in the case with a trial start date of June 9, 2014.

One the date the jury trial was supposed to start, Neel pleaded guilty in BC Supreme Court to the lesser charge of manslaughter.  He accepted responsibility for Lapuz's death, but didn't admit the intent to kill her.

He was sentenced on June 12 to 8 years in prison, which will be reduced further due to time served to five years and three months.

Was justice served here?   Depends on your point of view in this case.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TransGriot 2014 NFL Picks-Week 8

It's the halfway point of the 2014 NFL season, and at this point in the season long prognostication battle I've been waging with Mike and defending champ Eli it has been tight.

But I did hold the overall lead in our competition for six weeks until I slipped and had that 9-5-1 Week 6 while Mr Watts was going 11-3-1 to take over the lead by one game 

Well, in Week 7 It came down to the Texans-Steelers game to sort out who not only won the week at 11-4, but who would take the lead in our competition.   No thanks to the Texans having a late second quarter meltdown Mike and Eli won this week.

Thank heavens this competition is still tight and I have eight weeks to stay in position to win it. 

But I'm so pissed off at the Texans right now I don't even want to post a pic of them after this game that they threw away.   I'll let y'all look at Adriana Lima instead.

Well, here's this week's picks.  15 games once again with the NY Giants and San Francisco 49ers on their bye week.   My picks as usual will be in underlined bold print, Mike and Eli's will be here once they become available.

Week 7 Results

TransGriot   10-5
Eli                11-4
Mike            11-4

2014 NFL Season Record

TransGriot     68-37-1
Eli                  68-37-1
Mike              70-35-1

NFL Week 8

Thursday Night Game
Denver over San Diego

Sunday Early Games
Houston over Tennessee
Detroit over Atlanta
Tampa Bay over Minnesota
Buffalo over NY Jets
New England over Chicago
Seattle over Carolina
Miami over Jacksonville
Baltimore over Cincinnati
Kansas City over St Louis

Sunday Afternoon Games
Philadelphia over Arizona
Indianapolis over Pittsburgh
Cleveland over Oakland

Sunday Night Game
Green Bay over New Orleans

Monday Night Game
Dallas over Washington

Politini LGBT Decoded Interview With Dr. KRZ



Y'all know how much love and respect I have for all three of these brilliant people in Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills and Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler.

That's too much awesomeness for one room we are not worthy to handle. (bowing in direction of Oakland and DC)

They recently got together to do a Politini interview that Danielle conducted.   In it Kortney talks about what equality means to him and why he has no problem speaking his mind when it comes to calling out injustice when he see it.

Check it out!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Representing Trans* Symposium In Chicago Soon

This one was in the works before all the unexpected drama started popping up in my life, but I'm still going  to be there.

The there is the Representing Trans* Symposium in Chicago at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry on the University of Chicago campus November 8.

So yes people, that means I'll be coming to the Windy City, and when I arrive I'll have destroying a Giordano's deep dish pizza on my mind.  Something else I'll have on my mind is seeing as many of you wonderful folks in the Chicagoland area as possible

The symposium starts at 1:30 PM CST with a 'Sociological Approaches to Trans Representation' Panel  moderated by Dr. Kristen Schilt of the University of Chicago.

The panelists will be Vivian Namaste,  Tey Meadow, and Salvador Ortiz-Cruz.

Then it will move to the panel I'm a part of that will start at 3:30 PM, entitled ''Artistic and Activist Approaches To Trans Representation.'  moderated by Chase Joynt..
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The panelists will be Amos Mac, Tiq Milan, Jen Richards, and Ariel Schrag and should be a fascinating discussion that is scheduled to run until 5:00 PM..

Both of those panels will take place in the Gray Center Lab Midway Studios, and the address is 929 E 60th St.

Then at 6:30 PM we move the symposium action to the Logan Center For the Arts and an Evening with Kate Bornstein.  

If you are in the Chicagoland area and wish to attend  Logan Center is located at 915 E. 60th St.

I hope to see you peeps there.

The Reggae Girlz Fail To Qualify For 2015 Women's World Cup


After their heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Costa Rica after fighting back to tie the match on a Shakira Duncan goal in the 77th minute, the Reggae Girlz found themselves in win or go home territory in their quest to qualify for the 2015 Women's World Cup 


Since Costa Rica had already clinched Group B with 6 points and the wins over both Mexico and Jamaica, both teams were playing for the Group B runner up spot and a semifinal date with FIFA world number one ranked Team USA.

20141016_2729Mexico and Jamaica came into the game at RFK Stadium with a win and a loss in group play and 3 points.  Because Mexico scored 10 goals on Martinique in their October 18 match with them while Jamaica scored a 6-0 win with Martinique back on the 16th,  they entered this final group match with a +9 goal differential to Jamaica's +5.  That meant that if both teams finished the game with a draw, Mexico would advance.

The Reggae Girlz struck hard and struck first with Donna-Kay Henry's third goal of the tournament in the 14th minute.  It was a  rocket fired just under the crossbar inside the far post from the right side of the box to take the early 1-0 lead.   But Mexico struck back with a Sandra Mayor goal in the 29th minute to send to match to halftime drawn at 1-1.

Mexico broke Jamaica's hearts in the 59th minute with the first of Veronica Corral's two second half goals.   She added an insurance goal in the 79th minute for the 3-1 win that allowed Mexico to finish 2-1 in Group B play while the Reggae Girlz finished 1-2.  

Jamaica came close, but dropping that match with Costa Rica turned out to be the death blow to their effort to become the first Caribbean based women's team to qualify for the Women's World Cup.

Hopefully the Reggae Girlz will get a chance to do so again in 2019, and the Jamaican Football Federation and some corporate sponsors step up with the funding.  

Let's hope they get enough funding so they can play the friendly matches they need against the international women's soccer powers to strengthen their team and make that World Cup dream a reality.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Facing Homelessness

Homelessness is  a critical issue for trans people, with one in five having experienced homelessness at some time in their lives because of discrimination and family rejection. As a result, an estimated 20-40% of the more than 1.6 million homeless youth in the United States are LGBT

Unfortunately, transgender people facing homelessness also face discrimination from agencies that should be helping them, with nearly one in three (29%) reporting being turned away from a shelter due to their transgender status. While leading experts on homelessness recommend providing emergency housing consistent with a person’s gender identity, 42% of trans people facing homelessness have been forced to stay in a shelter living as the wrong gender.


In the 20 years I've been transtioned, while I've dealt with unemployment, I've always managed on one level or another to keep a roof over my head and avoid being part of that trans homeless narrative.

Until now. 

Due to a confluence of events, I'm about to get bounced from the place I've called home for the last four years, and one of the relocation options I was counting on fell through.  

So I'm staring at the prospect of being part of the transgender homeless stats after having a triumphant moment last week in H-town of being honored with three local Readers Choice awards. 

One of the most basic parts of life is to have a roof over your head that is yours.  I've been the person that has been when I had my own apartment in the 90's offered my couch for someone in the community to stay on and get back on their feet.    

>Now I'm the one in that position, and it's a depressing circumstance to be in, especially when you're aware that many of the shelters here are transphobic and not an option, and because I was a caretaker for my  grandmother and the housing was part of the deal, I'm not rolling in cash to put a deposit down on an apartment .


And I can only imagine what it's like for a transgender kid who suddenly gets thrown out of their home because of family disapproval.

Yeah, it sucks to be in this situation.   And what hurts is I've always been the type of person that wants to  solve my problems on my own before calling for help.   It has to be something major for me to do that. 

Well, I'd say facing being out on the street qualifies as a major problem..

All I'm really looking for is a place for about four to six weeks until I can get a more permanent solution to my personal housing bubble. 

And I'm running out of time to find it

Tired Of The Williams Sisters Getting Disrespected

One of the things that will set me off in a hurry is when misgendering is aimed at Black women from the girls in the 'hood to Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States

And far too often, some of the peeps gleefully doing so are Black men.

It's part of the four century old attack on Black femininity, and one of the frequent targets of these sexist and racist misgendering attacks are my fave tennis playing siblings, Venus and Serena Williams.

And frankly, I'm beyond sick and tired of it.  

They were thrust into the news when Shamil Tarpischev, the head of the Russian Tennis Federation and one of the Russian reps on the International Olympic Committee, opened his mouth and misgendered Venus and Serena.

Tarpischev made the comments during an appearance on a Russian TV talk show this month alongside former Olympic singles champion Elena Dementieva. When Dementieva was asked what it was like playing against the Williams sisters, Tarpischev interjected and called them the "Williams brothers." He also said that "it's scary when you really look at them."

Tarpischev is probably mad because the Williams sisters routinely beat the Russian women on the WTA tour and elsewhere in the world.   .

Tarpischev tried to claim the usual 'it was a joke' and my 'comments were taken out of context' defenses, but the WTA isn't laughing.   They suspended him for one year,  fined him $25,000, and are seeking to have him removed as the head of the Kremlin Cup tournament, Russia's only WTA event.

 Maria Sharapova also had a problem with Tarpischev's comments. 

"I think they were very disrespectful and uncalled for, and I'm glad that many people have stood up, including the WTA. It was very inappropriate, especially in his position and all the responsibilities that he has not just in sport, but being part of the Olympic committee," Sharapova said.

Serena Williams calls Russian tennis president's 'Williams brothers' jibe 'sexist, racist and bullying'Serena fired back at a press conference in Singapore, "I think the WTA did a great job of taking (the) initiative and taking immediate action to his comments," Williams said Sunday ahead of her WTA Finals  defense. "I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying."

And I'm getting tired of successful Black women getting misgendered.  Good for the WTA in calling this crap out that was aimed at the Williams sisters, and society needs to chill ,too..

Happy Birthday Geena!


When I picked up the phone back in March and it was her on the other line, little did I know after that two hour phone conversation that day I was not only going to get a ringside seat for a wonderful to watch story, but I would make a friend in the process.

Ever since she exploded onto the scene with that widely acclaimed coming out TED talk, it has been one amazing year for our New York based sis Geena Rocero.

 In addition to our fave trans pinay rocking runways and the glamorous photo shoots of her day job, she founded Gender Proud, an international trans organization with the mission of advocating for the ability of trans, intersex and gender variant people around the world to have legislation in their various nations allowing them to easily change documentation to reflect the persons they are now without surgical intervention.

She has piled up the frequent flyer miles traveling the globe to lend her voice to numerous events from the White House to her native Philippines to advocate for trans rights issues..

And she does so with intelligence, grace, class and one beautiful smile. 



 I couldn't let her birthday pass without giving her a TransGriot shout out on it.

Happy birthday Geena! Thanks for all you do to advance trans human rights around the planet and look fabulous doing it!   Hope you're having a wonderful, blessings filled day!  

I'm proud to call you a friend and sister in the international trans human rights struggle, and I pray you receive the ultimate blessing of  celebrating many more birthdays to come! 

ANZPATH Conference Trans Human Rights Keynote Speech

As I've been saying for a long time and it increasingly is being borne out, trans rights are an international human rights issue.

That message was driven home at the recent Australia and New Zealand Professional Association For Transgender Health biennial conference at Adelaide University that took place October 3-6

Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson gave the opening keynote speech at this event.

He was appointed in February and the appointment was notable Down Under because Wilson is the first ever openly gay human rights commissioner.

Wilson's speech clarifies the Australian Human Rights Commission position on trans human rights issues.and leaves no room for doubt for our Aussie trans brothers and trans sisters where the commission stands.

Here's Commissioner Wilson's October 3 ANZPATH keynote speech.




Monday, October 20, 2014

Why Are The Big MMA Circuits Ignoring Fallon Fox?

Fallon Fox: Transgender Fighter's Success Putting Promoters in Awkward SpotOne of the cool things to watch over the past year has been the rise of Fallon Fox in the women's MMA ranks.  

While some peeps have been transphobically hating on her like Ronda Rousey, Tamikka Brents, Charmaine Tweet and Matt Mitrione, others have been supportive like Liz Carmouche.

When she came out as trans last year, it appears that the many of the promoters of the larger MMA circuits like  UFC, Bellator, Invicta and World Series of Fighting smugly assumed that at age 37, Fox didn't have the skills to compete at that level or she'd fight a few times, then retire.

After the upset loss to Ashlee Evans-Smith saddled Fox with a 3-1 record, they were probably feeling quite secure in that assessment.

But since that loss, Fox has reeled off two  impressive wins to bump her record to 5-1, with the most recent one (and most satisfying so far to me) being a microwaved demolition of signed InvictFC fighter Tamikka Brents.

As Fallon continues to win, it's fairly obvious that Ms. Fox has skills and is definitely head and shoulders above WMMA regional ranks littered with female fighters with .500 records or less.

So why hasn't one of the Big Four MMA orgs signed her?   Because they are in a seriously awkward spot at this point and don't know what to do about it.  

And if you're trying to prove that WMMA is a credible sport, sooner or later the female fighters that are ducking her will have to fight her to enhance their own credibility and visibility to the Big Four MMA organizations..

The Big Four MMA orgs will feel the pressure to sign her increase, especially from the LGBT community as it becomes obvious that Fox is one of the best fighters out there and she is being
denied an opportunity to pursue it at the highest levels because of transphobia.

It's also hypocritical that you have a WMMA fighter in Jessica Rakoczy with a 1-4 record signed in the UFC and Fox has yet to get a call from the Big Four MMA orgs despite her demonstrated abilities.

If the trans and SGL community comes to the ossifying impression that Fox is being denied a place in their organizations because she's a transgender female, that's scrutiny the MMA will rue the day they invited upon themselves   It will cause GLBT advocacy organizations to review the previous grossly  transphobic comments aimed at Fox and the negative history that the sport has in general with the LGBT community.

So what are you going to do UFC, Bellator, Invicta and World Series of Fighting?   The ball is clearly in your court.   You can either sign a talented fighter, or by your inaction and stonewalling, invite more scrutiny upon you that you're not doing so because of transphobia

HERO Updates, Notes and News-October 20

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaking at a rally Thursday in defense of the Houston pastors.Things are definitely heating up on the HERO news front and it came from an unexpected direction. 

The HERO haters filed a lawsuit designed to clean up the mess they made of the signature gathering process and force a repeal vote  that will be heard in state district court January19. 

So with things inexorably creeping toward that date,  all of a sudden we hear over the top headlines coming from the conservative ranks that the city of Houston was 'attacking the religious liberty if Houston pastors'.   

Alvin McEwen of the Holy Bullies And Headless Monsters blog that tracks hypocritical right wing pastors and anti LGBT human rights activity, sent me a link to a Tony Perkins radio show on the topic.  Then FOX Noise, the junior senator from Alberta, and even Greg Abbott jumped into the faux controversy.

What happened was the law firm working pro bono for the city sent a discovery motion asking for all communications related to the failed petition from David Welch, Steve Riggle, Khan Huynh, Magda Hermida, and Hernan Castano.   While that motion may have been  overly broad in asking for the sermons, there is precedent for subpoenaing sermons in a legal investigation. 

While the city later refiled and cleaned up that language in the motion, it was still basic Legal Work 101.

"There's no question, the wording was overly broad. But I also think there was some deliberate misinterpretation on the other side," Mayor Parker said at a press conference Wednesday. "The goal is to find out if there were specific instructions given on how the petitions should be accurately filled out. It's not about, 'What did you preach on last Sunday?'"   

The HERO haters filed a lawsuit.  One  of the consequences of that is when you do, it opens you and your associates to legal scrutiny.   The subpoenas are seeking to gather information about improper church behavior, which is why the wingers are tripping in the first place.

And these conservafools, as usual, overplayed their hand by hating on Mayor Parker and spouting the usual hysterical lies about a HERO ordinance that isn't being implemented yet pending the court case..

Moving on to other topics.  The Houston Black TBLG community is continuing its efforts to handle its business.  There was a another strategy meeting held  October 15 in which this issue was not only discussed, but an upcoming November 22 trans health fair    We also have ongoing efforts to do HERO mythbusting in the Houston African-American community ranks. 

 In addition to continuing the education efforts inside the community, there are also other initiatives we are doing that fall into the Houston Black LGBT Revolution Will Not Be Televised territory, and to enhance their success I can't discuss them in this post.

One thing that is in the works is another sisterhood panel in which Black cis and trans women get together and discuss issues of importance to both groups.   There is still far too much disinformation out there about transgender people in the African-American ranks, and it's feeding into anti-trans animus and hysteria eagerly whipped up by our  sellout  pastors.

The first sisterhood panel back in July was a success, and there will be more of them to come. 

The struggle to keep the HERO continues.

2014 Election Early Voting Starts Today In Texas!

I've been waiting for this day ever since I got my Texas driver's license in January.   A nine month ordeal in acquiring it caused me to miss the 2013 election cycle. 

And yeah Texas Republicans, I haven't forgotten and I'm still pissed off about it.

This day has been circled on my calendar in blue ink, and I'm even more motivated to vote after the Supreme Court ruled Saturday night to allow the voter suppression law to be in effect for this election despite Judge Nelda Ramos' ruling that it was (again) unconstitutional

Just in case you're wondering who the dissenting SCOTUS justices were in this case, they were Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent, adding, “racial discrimination in elections in Texas is no mere historical artifact. To the contrary, Texas has been found in violation of the Voting Rights Act in every redistricting cycle from and after 1970.”

voterIDSo while the odious voter suppression law will be in effect no thanks to Chief Justice John 'No Racism In Voting To See Here' Roberts and the rest of his conservative black robed politicians, let's piss off the Teapublicans.

They seem to have the misguided impression that Texas is only for conservative white people. 

Time to send their azzes a message it's a far more diverse place than FOX Noise has told them it is.

Show up at your fave early voting location from today until October 31and shock the Texas Tea Klux Klan.  Bumrush the polls and kick out everything with an 'R" behind their name.

These are the early voting locations in Harris County.  For you peeps in other parts of Texas, check your county's website for the location nearest

Peeps, don't stop at Wendy Davis or Leticia Van de Putte's names either on the ballot and think your job is done.   You ain't close to being finished.  There are other races on the ballot that need your undivided attention chock full of candidates that need your support and votes like the judicial races.   

If you want fairness on the judicial bench, then you're going to have to elect some Democrats to balance out the Republicans who seem to have the misguided idea that their role is to rubber stamp every court case that benefits a corporation and screw the average citizen. 

And yes Texas TBLG community, if you want judges that will give you a fair shake on your name changes, adoption proceedings, et cetera, then you better do your job starting today until November 4 to get these quality people on the bench.

Early voting ends October 31.

It's time to have a Democratic governor and lieutenant governor again.  It would also be nice to have  a Texas governor and lieutenant governor who aren't oppressive to Texans who happen to be TBLG, non-white, women and the poor.

But I can't get them and those fair minded judges elected by myself.  I'm only one vote.   It's going to take millions of Texans voting to make that happen.    I'm going to do my part by handling my electoral business and hoping you Texas TransGriot readers follow my lead.

Today is the day we take the first critical steps in turning Texas back to being blue again.

Future Trans*

From time to time I like to engage in hard, solid thinking about various topics.   There are times I like to take a ride on what Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson called on Cosmos The Ship of the Imagination and ponder what our world will be like decades from now and what issues will impact it.

The last time I actually wrote down what I was thinking, I was in junior high school writing an essay for a NASA sponsored contest that asked us to predict what the space program would look like in 2000.   I nailed the International Space Station, but I'm still waiting for the permanent moon base and manned Mars missions.

That essay did earn me a trip to Johnson Space Center in which I got to meet Nichelle Nichols and the first group of Black shuttle astronauts along with a non standard tour of JSC.

One of the things I was pondering recently was triggered by me seeing a pic of a five year old trans girl.  I began to ponder what her Trans World that we 2K10's activists are fighting tooth and nail to shape, would be like 10 to 20 years from now.

One thing we can say for certain in one important aspect, she's in trans territory that our current trans teens intimately know or are experiencing firsthand.  This five year old trans girl is getting the benefit of living her childhood predominately in her targeted gender. 

So will her five year old trans masculine counterpart.

Trans kids in 2034 that tell their parents they want to be the other gender will have advanced medical techniques available to either delay puberty or put them on the desired gender development transition track.

Our societal knowledge about gender identity and the medical side of it will exponentially increase as mounting research evidence continues to drive home the point that gender is between your ears and not your legs.   

What things will our current five year old trans child who triggered this trip on The Trans Ship of the Imagination benefit from by the time they have hit age 25?

Gender transition specific healthcare will be covered because it will have long since been proven to be a medical necessity and not a debatable political, religious and medical ethics issue.

That trans child by the year 2034 will probably be able due to those rapid advancements in reproductive technology to bear a child using reproductive organs created from her own stem cells.   Hopefully that same route, the biomechanical or a medical breakthrough as yet unknown will lead to realistic functional genitalia for our trans masculine peeps that desire it.

Woman working in a futuristic settingHopefully that advancing medical technology will lead to a better quality of life for us 2030's trans seniors

That trans child in our thought experiment will see a world in which nondiscrimination laws that add gender identity to the list of categories that discrimination is banned will cover more than just the current 18 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 180 jurisdictions. 

More nations will have laws that ban discrimination against their trans citizens as well as allow them to change identity documents easily.

People in the 2030's will wonder what the fuss was about or why was there so much resistance when these no-brainer laws expanding human rights coverage were proposed and enacted.    

The trans kids of 2030 will be be able to go to schools and colleges that have trans nondiscrimination policies in place.  

As a result trans people will be able because of the widespread nondiscrimination laws that cover gender identity have a better opportunity to get better paying jobs.

With transsexuality being less stigmatized, society being more open,  and people being out, open and proud about being trans men and women, it should lead to a lessening of anti-trans violence. 

That will probably change the nature of Transgender Day of Remembrance to a memorial reminding transpeople in the 2030s how bad it was 20 years ago, still mourn the person killed that year, celebrate the societal progress that has been made since that dark time and resolve every November 20 to never go back to those days again.

Trans children will grow up being able to simply focus on making their dreams a reality.   While trans activists making trips to Washington DC and the various state capitols in 2034 will be fighting to keep hard won political and judicial courtroom gains ensconced in law like the federal Gender Identity and Gender Recognition Act and avoid any slippage, that trans child will be able to see various representations of himself in various parts of society.

Transgender politicians, teachers, business people, clergy, athletes, beauty queens, bodybuilders, actors, models, and families headed by trans parents won't be front page news or scoffed at, but an accepted part of life that once again will draw chuckles as to how backwards those transphobic cisgender people back in the 2010's were.

And yes, there probably will be some negativity aimed at our transpeeps in 2030.  Murders and sexual assaults of our peeps will probably still happen and necessitate activists having to still organize TDOR's.   The transphobic bigots will get more creative with their anti-trans bigotry.  Rapidly advancing medical technology will cause other issues of concern for trans activists on the 2030s that we have yet to even think about.  

What issues will crop up that cause intra trans community drama in 2030?  While my data banks are coming up with 'Insufficient Data' responses to that question, I'm willing to bet the four century old issue of the color line will still be a problem in Trans World .  Class issues  will continue to necessitate coordinated action and work between trans political organizations to solve the problems they cause.

Since the world will probably be more interconnected 20 years from now than it is today,  hopefully that will result in better international human rights cooperation between trans people across the planet..  

Hopefully I'll be around to see how much of this turned out to be on target.  

I'll also be interested to see if my NASA moon base finally gets built.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Trans*H4CK Boston Coming Soon

Dr. Kortney Ziegler is getting ready to take Trans* H4CK on the road again, and this time the innovative hackathon and speaker series is headed to New England.

To be precise, Trans*H4CK Boston will be taking place at the Harvard Innovation Lab November 14-16, and spaces for the latest version of it are filling up fast.

Trans* H4CK Boston in partnership with the Harvard Innovation Lab will also continue the conservations about diversity and entrepreneurship in the tech world that sadly continue to ignore the contributions of trans people.

So for those of you in the Boston area, if you   haven't signed up for it yet, you may wish to do so. 

I witnessed and was a judge for the inaugural Trans* H4CK in Oakland last year and it was an amazing experience.  I enjoyed watching teams of hackers of all genders, social justice advocates , developers,  and designers building apps and applications to solve real world trans problems over a weekend.

bJust bring your laptops and your ideas.   Trans*H4CK will provide the amazing speakers, the food, the encouragement and mentors to help you turn your ideas into something that empowers our tech savvy trans community.

And you'll have a lot of fun and meet some amazing people if you do check out Trans*H4CK Boston.

Ruby Corado Gets Married!

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Whenever I pop into Washington DC, one of my mandatory stops, especially when she makes it happen by grabbing me at the airport before my other DC area friends do, is one at Casa Ruby.

It's run by longtime DC activist Ruby Corado, who has overcome a lot of personal challenges in her own life to become an iconic leader inside I-495.   She is building Casa  Ruby into the go to bilingual service provider for LGBT people in Washington DC, and I've been thrilled to watch it grow and prosper  .

Yesterday my homegirl got married to her fiance David in a ceremony held at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in which the blushing bride was escorted down the aisle by Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray.

I met Ruby's now hubby a few moths ago during the Philly Trans Health Conference, and there is no doubt that these two love each other.  

And I couldn't be happier for her. 

She's still basking in the afterglow of her special day, because here is her comment about it from her Facebook page entitled 'Dreams Do Come True!'

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My whole life, I have been told that I was not supposed to love or be loved.
I was not supposed to love myself because I was different( Trans, indigenous, dark haired, immigrant, HIV Positive, you name it). I was made to believe that no one could love me back because I was different.

Yesterday, life proved everyone wrong.


I love myself more than ever because I am SOMEBODY.  My husband showed the world that it is ok to love me even though I am different.  My city's mayor Vince Gray walked me down the aisle and showed the world once again that he stands for love.

My friends and Family showed me, that I am SOMEBODY, and they stand with me in sickness and in health until death do us part.

Today as I lay next to my husband, I want to tell my friends, clients, supporters, followers and the entire world that It is ok to be different and that no matter what anyone says, YOU ARE WORTHY OF LOVE AS MUCH AS I AM


Never stop dreaming, never stop believing because dreams do come true.

A Million Thanks To Everyone Who Shared This Special Moment in person or from A distance, I felt your love

Love For All
Ruby Corado-Walker

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Congratulations Ruby and David!   May you two have have a long, healthy and happy marriage.


Jennifer Laude Case Update 2

Emmi De Jesus: 'I condemn the heinous barbarity behind the hate crime'There have been mutiple developments in the Jennifer Laude case since my last update, so let me catch you up with what's happening. 

First up are the ongoing protests demanding that PFCf Joseph Pemberton, the accused killer of Laude be turned over to Philippine authorities to ensure justice for Jennifer. 

And yes, there is a precedent for the US military turning its personnel who have committed crimes in host nations to those nations to face justice there.   Two US sailors were handed over to Japanese authorities in 2013to be prosecuted for the robbery and rape of a woman on Okinawa.

I'm definitely down with that program because if Pemberton did the crime on Philippine soil and killed a Filipina  citizen, he needs to be tried for it on Philippine soil.  

Pemberton was formally charged on Wednesday with Laude's murder as US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said: “We will continue to cooperate fully with the Philippine law enforcement authorities in every aspect of the investigation.”

German Marc Sueselbeck and Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude
Pemberton was also put on blast by the German fiance of Laude, Marc Sueselbeck.  He also put the German Embassy in Manila on blast for not processing Jennifer's visa in a timely fashion and stated in an interview that if they had done so, she'd be alive now.

Pink News is reporting that Senator Bam Aquino is now calling for the passage of the Anti-Discrimination Act of 2014 in the wake of Jennifer's murder and a rise in anti-TBLG crimes.

Senator Bam Aquino: 'These discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated'“We should impose heavier penalties so that these discriminatory and inhumane acts will be eradicated.”said Sen. Aquino.  He pointed out Laude's murder was not an isolated case, and that action needed to be taken to halt that rise n hate crimes.

“This number will continue to rise unless we do something about it immediately,” he added.

Under the new bill, persons found guilty would be fined from P100,000 ($2230) to P500,000 ($11,151) and could potentially face imprisonment of up to 12 years.

Stay tuned, because there are lots of interesting developments that are flowing from the senseless murder of our transpinay sister.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Reggae Girlz Trying To Qualify For 2015 Women's World Cup

While much of the attention in this CONCACAF Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament has been focused on Group A and the FIFA world  number one ranked USA squad, there is an interesting story developing in Group B worthy of being turned into a movie. 

For various reasons, including the perception that soccer is a man's sport, the Jamaican Football Federation hasn't funded a women's soccer program since it was disbanded in 2008. 

The frustrating part about that decision for women footballers on the island is that the Reggae Girlz were one of the top ranked squads in the Caribbean region. 

Jamaican female players who wanted to pursue their passion to play did so in other nations, but never gave up the dream of one day playing for their national team in a Women's World Cup.

The Reggae Girlz are back, and thanks to raising $200,000 via two crowdfunding campaign, Cedella Marley's enthusiastic support and being the Reggae Girlz international ambassador, the team is on the verge of making its Women's World Cup qualification dream come true. 

If the do so, they would be, like their male counterparts were in 1998, the first ever Caribbean based team to make it to the World Cup and it would do wonders for women's soccer in Jamaica.

Despite not playing any international friendly matches prior to the CFA and CONCACAF tournaments, they opened Group B play with a resounding 6-0 win over Martinique in Kansas City, and have a critical match with Costa Rica today in Chicago before finishing Group B play on October 21 in Washington DC versus Mexico.

The Reggae Girlz will want to #StrikeHard and finish first in Group B so they get the Group A runner up in the knockout round.  That way Jamaica won't have to face a match with FIBA number one ranked Team USA until the CONCACAF title game.

The six goals they scored against Martinique will definitely help them out if it comes down to goal differential to sort out the Group B standings for the knockout round.

Top three squads punch their tickets to Canada for next year's World Cup, while the fourth place team in this CONCACAF qualifying tournament has to play the CONMEBOL third place squad Ecuador in a two leg playoff for another World Cup berth.
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Let's hope the Reggae Girlz make history for their nation, they get the funding and corporate backing they need, and we get to see them in Canada next summer at the Women's World Cup..

TransGriot Update: The road to World Cup qualification just got a little bumpier.  Costa Rica beat Jamaica 2-1.