Friday, March 27, 2015
Moni's Chilling In Chicago
After my flight and CTA train ride, I'm finally chilling (literally) in my hotel room on the 21st floor of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place getting ready for tomorrow's )first day of the National Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Anti-Violence Convening. (hashtag #NTAVC15) while the Incite! Conference is going on around us. My room has a nice view of the South Side and Lake Michigan, not that I will be in it much to enjoy it.
Kudos to my little sis CeCe McDonald, who did some truth telling during her opening plenary panel that also included Marissa Alexander via Skype.
Temp was in the 70's when I left home this morning, and it's in the 30s here as I arrived. But enough about the weather, since I will be indoors for much of my visit here anyway.
The National Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Anti-Violence Convening was organized by the Transgender Law Center, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone over the next two days starting at 8 AM CDT.
And it looks like the trans gang's all here.. I saw Maria Roman, LaSaia Wade and finally met Jazzmun Crayton five minutes after I dropped my bags in the room and went to the lobby to see who was here. .
Also ran into Key Jackson and her partner, Je-Shawna Wholley, Ruby Corado and her husband, Bamby Salcedo, Arianna Lint, BT, Louis Mitchell, Tiq Milan and a long list of people that is shaping up to be an event in which a wide cross section of the trans community leaders are in the house.
Exactly who I see and what we do that I can talk about will play out over the next few days..
And that's before we even start discussing the 2015 Trans 100 honorees that will be revealed Sunday.