Twitter dragging in which myself, Alvin McEwen of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters went in on this fool Peter Boykin,the head of Gays For Trump, with another gay conservafool jumping in to dig the hole even deeper for themselves.
Note the racist response to the original tweet.
As James Baldwin pointed out in a 1984 Village Voice interview, the gay world is no more prepared to accept Black people than anywhere else in society. We as also painfully aware of the fact that in elements of GLBTQ world, there are folks who are part of this community who can be just as racist, biphobic, transphobic, sexist, misogynist, homophobic as their cis straight counterparts.
have more privilege than any POC member of the community ever will.
One of the ridiculous comments Boykin deployed early in the thread was holding up his biracial boyfriend as 'evidence' he wasn't racist, even though he'd already demonstrated it by the racist meme he aimed at me in addition to being the president of the Gays For Trump, and making the statement in favor of continued NC discrimination aimed at transgender people which is why I wrote the Twitter comment aimed at him and other like minded gay and lesbians in the first place.
And you point in doing so? Strom Thurmond had a Black daughter, but that still didn't stop him from being a lifelong segregationist and fighting mightily until he died to oppress her and her people.
Ann Coulter is dating Jimmie Walker. Dating a non white person is not a get out of jail free pass to keep you from getting dragged for your casual racism .
But all your facts free ranting did was prove my point that some of you white gays and lesbians are not only bigger human rights oppressors than the GOP, you are gleefully participating in pushing unjust legislation for whatever self hating reason.
if you're trans, you are a sellout to this community who voted for your own oppression. When the GOP is done messing with trans folks, they will be coming to repeal your rights including your hard won ability to get married. .
Your pink sheets are showing, so don't get mad when the people who that unjust legislation is being aimed at call you on your crap.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Enjoy watching her eviscerate Joe Walsh for making the mistake of stepping to her with some loud and wrong BS on Twitter
Because the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is happening tomorrow, an event is happening starting at 6 PM.
In light of the continued violence exacted upon our Black sisters, the atrocity that is S.B. 6 that continues to demonize trans women, and the silence about the loss of Black lives coming from Washington In light of the interdependent systems of disadvantage that affect the Latina trans community, the atrocity that is S.B. 4, and the anti-immigrant rhetoric coming from Washington.
Women and Allies and Pantsuit Republic Houston are hosting this fundraiser mixer at Dan Electros on Thursday, March 30 (on the eve of the day for trans visibility, March 31).
The purpose of this event will be continued education and awareness of the struggles of the Trans community in Houston.
It will be a great opportunity for all of us who do not know members of the Trans community to mingle and get to know more of our family in the fight against injustice.
Let's join them and other progressive organizations around town in support of a group that is continually marginalized! RSVP now! And invite all your friends!
The address of Dan Electro's Guitar Bar is 1031 E. 24th Street in Houston. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Yep, HRC. And yeah, many of the folks in HRC Houston know that along with my longtime readers at times I have been one of the organization's harshest critics.
I'm getting the John Walzel Equality Award at the upcoming Houston gala on Saturday April 1, and nope, this isn't a TransGriot April Fool's Day prank.
was John Walzel? He was a native Houstonian, Bellaire HS grad and the owner of Walzel's Houston's oldest fine jewelry store that was founded by his father in 1944.
Walzel was also active in social justice and LGBTQ rights issues in Houston. He was not only an active member of HRC and sat on its Board of Governors, but supported other causes like the AIDS Foundation Houston, the Center For AIDS, DIFFA, and the Houston Black Tie Dinner.
He was also politically active. He supported Chris Bell in his unsuccessful bid to become Houston's mayor, Annise Parker when she successfully ran for city council, former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Al Gore.
Walzel died at age 50 while on vacation in New York in June 2002.
It's really happening, and HRC Houston was serious about wanting to honor the work I've done and will continue to do on behalf of the TBLGQ community.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Oakland based Trans*H4CK will be sponsoring a TDOV discussion moderated by Dr Kortney Ziegler entitled 'On Being Black and Trans in The US'.
The panelists are A. Dionne Stallworth, Jevon Martin, Michael David Battle, Lynx M'Chea, Deja Sparks, Preston Martin and Lourdes Ashley Hunter.
This International Trans Day of Visibility, Trans*H4CK celebrates the lives of Black Trans Americans. In this live video panel, you will hear from black trans, black gender non conforming and black non-binary folks covering topics such as: Cross gender coalition building; Black Trans mental health; grassroots activism; ways to self-sustain as a black trans person with our current administration.RSVP and join the discussion live on The LOFT March 31st at 10:00 AM PDT.
The discussion will start at 10 AM PDT (11:00 AM MDT, 12;00 PM CDT and 1:00 PM EDT) and looking forward to hearing the discussion.
It's one of my fave events, and I get to spend some quality time with my media fam in addition to get my learn on about the issues impacting our community in different parts of it.
Many of the premiere bloggers and journalists of our community were in the Rosen Centre Hotel house including four of the five nominees for this year's GLAAD Best Blog Award.
I also got to spend quality time with and get to know people like Derrick Clifton, Jahnell La Mara Johnson, and Rosalind Bentley.with the amazing Lizz Winstead, who was our MC for the weekend, and kept the panels running on time.
I also got a chance to hang out with my Orlando via Texas homegirl Melisa Gomez, meet Elixher's Associate Editor Jahnell La Mara, see old friends like new BiNet USA president Lynnette McFadzen, Trish Bendix, Ebone Bell, Fiona Dawson Zack Ford and Mary Emily O'Hara while eating some wonderful food and min lava cakes while seeing their show from a TV screen in our VP area that had a trio of Michael Jackson impersonators.
Friday morning came way too early, and our first LGBTMedia17 day got started with breakfast and the morning talks from 9-12 noon
In addition to the extra day of informational panels and talks we were doing this year, there was also a new feature being initiated for this year's event in which we paired at a table with veteran and newbie attendees so the newbies didn't feel left out.
I was part of Trish Bendix's 'Trish's Magnificent Seven' table
The topics covered in those talks were Objectivity Is Dead by Lewis Wallace, International News Coverage Begins At The Source by Michael Lavers, Journalist Or Accidental Tourist: Covering International LGBTQ Issues by Roberta Sklar, Visual Storytelling: A Guide To Showing Not Telling by Steve Johnson, When It Was Made About Me , I Learned It Had Nothing To Do About Me by Jana Shortal and we closed out the morning talks with Beyond Murder: Covering Transgender People Of Color by Meredith Talusan.
We LGBTMedia attendees were also tweeting the proceeding via the #LGBTMedia17 hashtag, which we were proud to discover within an hour after the morning talks started, was the number one hashtag on Twitter.
After lunch we had two deep dive sessions scheduled to run from 1-2:45 PM to choose from that lasted 45 minutes with a 15 minute break to switch between session if you wished.
Steve Johnson moderated the Showing Not Telling session while Roberta Sklar moderated the Practical Considerations For International Coverage one
After a snack break in the main meeting room from 2:45-3:15 PM we began the Afternoon talks in which the topics covered were LGBTQ Equality and Religious Freedom: You Can Have Both by Sally Steenland, #PopCulturePivot by Twanna Hines, Highlighting Experiences of Family Members Of Transgender People by Brynn Tannehill and to close out the business end of LGBTMedia Day 1 Audience Engagement Is Like Dating by Joy Mayer.
After remarks from our MC Lizz Winstead, we had a break from 5:30-7 PM before we returned to Salon 3 for dinner, drinks and a speech from Atlanta mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard.
But before Cathy was brought on to speak to the LGBTMedia 17 fam by Jen Christensen, we were introduced to the owner of our amazing host venue Harris Rosen, who is also known in the Orlando area for his wonderful philanthropic work
Something I ate at breakfast that morning didn't agree with my stomach, and I left early during Cathy Woolard's speech to retire to my room and purge whatever was upsetting my stomach. I got over it, but it kept me up most of the night as I made frequent trips to the porcelain throne room.
Yeah I know, TMI.
The Covering Pulse panel featured Jeff Truesdell, Billy Manes, Erik Sandoval and Meredith Talusan.
It then moved on to introducing Ricardo Negron-Almodovar, who as a survivor of the Pulse attack told his perspective on what the media, and specifically the LGBTQ media got worng about their PULSE coverage and his hope it gets corrected before the looming one year anniversary of it on June 12.
Ricardo was also given extra time to talk because our MC correctly thought it needed to happen.
Andy Humm then took to the podium for his talk entitled There Is No Substitute For Face To Face Interaction, followed by Intersectionality and Storytelling by Derrick Clifton ,
The morning sessions closed out with a Science of Storytelling one by Matt Sheehan and Ann Christiano before we broke for lunch in Salon 3 at 12:30
Intersectionality is s topic that can't be discussed in 5 minutes, and it was something that myself and several people tweeted about in terms of wishing that it was a subject for a deep dive discussion.
Well, you know the old saying about putting something out in the atmosphere with the hope , speaking it into existence and it will happen? We did so on the intersectionality topic and were rewarded with an intersectionality deep dive discussion moderated by Derrick Clifton. But it was starting at 1 PM, so i had to finish my lunch a little faster than I would have liked in order to get back down to the Signature 1 main room where Derrick's session was happening.
It was a needed and necessary topic added in addition to the previously scheduled #StoryScience one by Sheehan and Christiano and How To Build Audience By Watching Movies and TV by Twanna Hines.
The 2:45 snack break came way too soon to end it and set us up for the Afternoon talks
Moya Bailey talked about via video Social Media and Social Justice Ethics, and took some questions from us before we moved on to the next topic .Prophecy and Proof: How A Half Century of Medical and Media Narratives Came To Define Transgender People by Bethany Grace Howe.
Mary Emily O'Hara then took the podium to talk about Creating and Owning A New Beat.
The final afternoon talks of LGBTMedia17 covered the topics of the Power of A Single Story by Rosalind Bentley and my Texas homeboy David Taffet discussing Covering A Murder When The Story Leads Back To Your Office.
After filling out some evaluations and some down time taken either in poolside conversations or retreating back to our various rooms to get ready for out on the town forays later that evening, we gathered in the Rosen Center hotel lobby at 6:30 PM to board the buses again.
We were traveling first to the PULSE nightclub to pay our respects to the 49 predominately Latinx people who died there, and then head to dinner in downtown Orlando at Kres Chophouse.
I and my dinner companions after being seated at the chophouse began to have discussion ranging from classic Black movies to neo-soul artist to me doing an impression of Anika Noni Rose's Grace Makutsi character from the short lived HBO cable TV series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency.
News flash, I do have a sense of humor I unleash upon the world at times.
And yeah, they weren't kidding about those pork chops,. They were thick, meaty and amazing
While some of us headed back to the hotel, others headed to The Parliament House or Southern Nights for a well deserved night on the town. When we got back, I satisfied my Slurpee craving since there was a 7 Eleven less than a block from the hotel and paired it up with a slice of the pizza from the deli inside the Rosen Center hotel for a midnight snack.
Then I settled down to do some writing before I flipped the TV to SportsCenter to see how my NCAA men's and women's brackets were doing. .
Sunday dawned with us gathering near the pool to have brunch and say goodbye to each other until we got the chance to see each other again either at some upcoming conference or next year's #LGBTMedia18 event.
Definitely looking forward to #LGBTMedia18, wherever it happens next year.
Monday, March 27, 2017
And yes, Moni did her share of domestic non-revenue travel of which I will expound upon in future TransGriot posts in terms of the joys and pains of airline travel while trans in the 90's.
I was a gate agent, CSR and a gate supervisor during my time with Continental, which meant that one of my job duties was to enforce the dress code for pass riders.
When I started at CAL in 1987, the employee pass policy of the time stated employees had to wear business attire, regardless of whether we were sitting in coach or first class or doing business or leisure non-rev travel.
That meant suits and ties for the guys, dresses, slacks or pantsuits with hose for women.
When that policy was crafted, flying was considered a luxurious and status filled way to travel, and people dressed that upscale way when they did so. It also made it easier for employees to get bumped up to first class if those were the only available seats left to put non-revs in on a full flight.
But because the airline business was changing in early 1987 and becoming a more common way to travel, folks in both classes of service started dressing more casually to do so. The advent of frequent flyer programs like our OnePass one made upgrades happen more often, and us more formally dressed CAL airline employees following the company pass policies of the time stick out like sore thumbs when we non-revved on flights around the country and the world.
So yes, I was extremely careful about who I gave my ten buddy passes per year allotment out to, and in many cases when possible and I wasn't working, I traveled with the buddy pass rider to ensure they followed our airline's non-rev policies to the letter.
When we flew non-rev, we were also considered representatives of the company, which is why the dress code rules were around in the first place.
So when I heard this story about the teen girls being denied boarding on a United flight for wearing leggings and changing into dresses in order to fly, it brought me back to those days when I would have to diplomatically explain to someone screaming epithets at me that no, you can't travel wearing a bathing suit or Daisy Duke shorts on a flight while traveling on a buddy pass,. The flight was leaving on time from this gate, and you needed to change clothes ASAP if you wanted to fly on that pass and on that plane out of IAH today to your final destination.
I also had to explain to peeps from time to time that you couldn't fly on a pass barefoot, in flip flops, ripped jeans, tube tops or any attire that exposed your undergarments or revealed too much flesh.
United had every right to enforce their non-rev pass rules. It is part of a gate agent's job to enforce those rules when they are violated whether the person violating them is a veteran UA employee or a teen traveling on a buddy pass.
How it's done depends on the circumstances. But it still doesn't change the salient fact that if you're riding on a airline pass, whether you have an airline employee's badge or are traveling on that employee's passes, for that moment you are considered a representative of that carrier, and you still have to follow that airline's pass rules.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2017
Contact: Monica Roberts BTWI Media Chair
Carmarion Anderson BTWI Founding President
855-255-8636 Ext 11
Black Transwomen, Inc is once again dismayed and saddened to note the death of another of one of our trans sisters in 38 year old Alphonza Watson of Baltimore, MD.
She was found shot in the stomach in the 2400 block of Guilford Ave and later died from her gunshot wound at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Two males were seen leaving the scene in a dark colored vehicle
She is the eighth trans woman., and the seventh Black transwoman to die in 2017.
If you have information that will bring her killers to justice, you are urged to call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100, text a tip at 443-902-4824 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP (866-756 -2587).
Rest in power and peace ,sister. We won't rest until the persons who killed you are brought to justice
Friday, March 24, 2017
But since it's Friday, and I have y'all spoiled, it's time for our weekly post in which I call out our fools, that are everywhere.
So let's get to it.
Honorable mention number one the Trump administration for pick an outrage this week
Honorable mention number two is Neil Gorsuch for trying to cover up his far right conservative judicial rulings during his confirmation hearings with a fake aw shucks demeanor.
Naw homes, we know you're a younger version of Scalia and unfit for the SCOTUS.
Honorable mention number three is the Republican Majority for trying and failing so far to replace the ACA and replace it with Trumpcare
Honorable mention number four is Steven Hotze. This long time Houston area gaybaiter just put out a video recently urging Texas lawmakers to support SB 6.
Really fool? Don't you have a medical practice in Katy to run?
Honorable mention number five is the National Organization for Marriage, who is mad that their hate bus got vandalized, and had the nerve to call it a 'hate crime'...
Naw you idiots, what you're doing to trans folks is a hate crime.
Secretary Goodhair is mad that the students at his alma mate elected an openly gay SGA president.
Gig 'em! And dude, you have more important things to do than reading The Battalion and paying attention to A&M campus politics.
And oh yeah, Rick Perry, shut up fool!
But we have some people in Trans World who wish to count a trans man who died as a result of a police incident as a murder when it wasn't. We also have people that wish to include folks who have committed suicides.
No to both of those, and here's why.
police domestic disturbance situation that ended with a weapon being discharged and Hake dying as a result of it. It wasn't a murder, and it's disrespectful to the memory of the eight women who have had their lives taken from us in 2017 to call it that.
Not all suicides involving trans people a result of anti-trans violence. The reasons for a person committing suicide are as varied as the person committing it and them leaving a note behind explaining why they did so. .
Accuracy matters when we're telling the story about our trans siblings murders. It's even more important to be accurate about it because the victims are predominately people of color, and we're dealing with a media that is predominately made up of cisgender white people . .
The numbers alone are horrific enough. We don't need to cast doubt on them by calling a police incident an anti-trans murder when it isn't, or claiming suicides are 'anti-trans violence'
Thursday, March 23, 2017
I've arrived in Orlando for what is basically a business trip. I've been to the Orlando airport before to catch connecting flights, but this is the first time I've visited the city.
I've always wanted to visit Disney World, and when I was working at CAL is was something on my travel bucket list, ,but never got the chance to do so while I was an airline employee and had the ability to fly there.
I'm checked into my 17th floor Rosen Centre hotel room with a nice view of the Orlando Convention Center across the street and downtown Orlando in the distance. I also gleefully discovered I have a 7 Eleven less than a block away, so that means Slurpees will be destroyed on this trip
I'm getting ready for the first event of this year's 8th Annual LGBT Media Journalists Convening, which is an icebreaker reception at Mango's Tropical Cafe.
I alway enjoy getting to see and spend quality time with my TBLGQ media colleagues from across the nation. But this year's edition of LGBTMedia17 is happening at a time in which we have a so-called POTUS who seems to think it is okay to attack the media.
This convening is needed and even more necessary at a time when journalism is under attack. For those of us in Trans World who are in attedace, we're here at a time when not only our humanity and human rights are under assault, we had our 8th trans woman of 2017 murdered in Baltimore a mere 24 hours ago.
You can check out the action at the #LGBTMedia17 hashtag, our Facebook pages, and our various blogs and media stories.
And so ready to get my media learn on.
It's always an emotional trip for me every time I fly out of IAH. I spent 14 years of my life there working in the airline biz and have some fond memories of it and many of the people I worked with.
Probably going to be even more emotional because I'm getting close to the April 4 anniversary day I clocked in for work as me for the first time. It would have also been my 30th anniversary year this year.
I transitioned in the middle of Terminal C, and I still have friends there who haven't retired yet who started at CAL-UA when I did and I run into when I transit it from the ticket counters to the gates to the shoe shine guys.
That means from the moment I arrive in Terminal C, I'll be running into former coworkers from the time I arrive at IAH until the time I return.
And if it's a Houston based flight crew on either leg to MCO and back, that means I'll also possibly be running into flight attendants or pilots I know either on the plane or in the halls as I'm heading to my departure gate. It's also a good thing that people still think highly of you, even though I haven't worked a flight in that building since February 2001.
While that a good thing, the bad news is that IAH is on the opposite side of town from where I currently live.
But hey, I get to see some of my IAH peeps, fly on a 737-900 for the first time and if my United flight is on time, in a few hours I get to see my homies and homettes from the LGBT media world
The latest murder happened in Baltimore, MD yesterday morning, and the person we will be saying her name is 38 year old Alphonza Watson.
Watson grew up in Washington DC, but moved to Baltimore 10-15 years ago.
She was found at 4:15 AM by police officers suffering from a gunshot wound to the stomach in the 2400 block of Guilford Ave ion the north side of Baltimore. She was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where she died from her wounds several hours later.
Baltimore Police media relations chief TJ Smith stated that witnesses reported an argument between Watson and two men took place before the gunshots happened. Those witnesses reported that immediately after the gunshots two men were spotted running and getting into a dark colored vehicle before speeding away from the scene.
Edmonds case is still open, but the others according to Baltimore PD have been closed.
I'm also refusing to use the mugshot that has been plastered all over Baltimore media out of respect for the deceased. If someone who knows her has a nicer photo of our deceased sister, please send it to me so I can then share it with the media,
If you have information that will bring her killers to justice, you are urged to call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100, text a tip at 443-902-4824 or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 866-7LOCKUP (866-756 -2587).
Rest in power and peace, sis. The community will not rest until the people who did this are caught and justice is served.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
There's a school board election happening on April 4 in District 211 in Palatine, IL near Chicago that is fitting that description.. District 211 has been at the epicenter for a trans human rights case involving a trans feminine student at Township High School that was allowed access to the locker room after the district was found in violation of Title IX
The District, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice entered into a settlement agreement, then were sued by a group of transphobic parents and students backed by the right wing anti-trans group Alliance Defending Freedom, an SPLC-certified hate group..
Fast forward to the looming election. Incumbent District 211 board members Anna Klimkowicz and Robert LeFevre voted for the settlement that was worked out with the DOE and DOJ. D211 board candidate Edward Yung is a former member seeking to rejoin it that has expressed his support for transgender students.
Klimkowicz , LeFevre and Yung have been endorsed by the Daily Herald, one of the area newspapers , Equality Illinois PAC , and a group of parents called Progress for D15 and D211'.
Trans United Fund, sensing the importance of this upcoming election, has not only endorsed the pro-trans incumbents, but has already spent over 80 hours organizing with the moms, who have limited resources compared to the professional hate group .
Those parents are concerned about the ADF meddling in their school board race, but don't quite have the funds they need to combat the money flowing in the Parents for Privacy camp.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
There are also those unexpected moments that happen that tug at your heart.
I have said and been cognizant of ever since I started taking these lobby day trips to Austin in 1999 that it wasn't about me, it was about the next generation of kids who were behind me and making it better for them.
It it happened that my work to pass laws and policies that expanded trans human rights benefitted me in the short term, that was all good as well
Every time I look at that picture, it not only makes me cry happy tears, but also puts a smile on my face. To them, I am a respected trans elder who not only is passing down their history to them, I'm also role modeling what it will be possibly like to be a fab Black trans women when they hit my age.
I get to see these amazing Black trans women in their teens, twenties and thirties, and it reminds me of why I have been fighting since 1998 for visible Black trans representation in our movement, in the media and other spaces.
Because it matters.
It matters that our Black community knows that #BlackTransPeopleExist, we are concerned Texans who are expressing ourselves to our legislators about the issues that matter to us, and we thought it was so important to do so we took a day out of our lives to make it happen
It matters for me to be hugged by Mia and Jessica, and having a two hour intergenerational conversation on the bus ride back to Houston about the issues we deal with as Black trans women and our hopes, fears, insecurities and aspirations for the future,
It also was heartening to know that these young women also shared my concerns about the media images of Black trans women and were determined to role model being quality Black women who just happen to be transgender.
It mattered to be called Aunt Monica by Zuri. While it brought on a momentary twinge of sadness with the thought crossing my mind that I don't have biological kids of my on and at this stage of my life, it's probably not gonna happen for me, the trans kids are basically my kids as well.
But Zuri's presence also reminded me that this Texas trans human rights fight is about ensuring that she has a Texas and a country she can grow up in that will allow her to become the amazing Black woman she is well on her way to becoming.
That's one of the goals we need to make happen, and it become even more important in light of the fact some of the members of the Texas House and Senate share our ethnic heritage and history as Black Texans.
It's either do so or don't get mad and whine 'Why are you separating from us?" when we form our own organizations to do the work you refuse to do or hire us for. That's why BTWI, BTMI and Black Trans Advocacy exist in the Lone Star State right now.
And our right wing opposition has no problem hiring Black sellouts to deploy and use against you
And speaking of that sustained Texas Black trans representation, much of the heavy lifting and elbow grease required to make it happen also is on us Black trans Texans. If you want orgs that rep you, you have to support them not only with your sweat equity but with your dollars so they can do the work you say you want and need to have happen.
Do I hope to see in my lifetime Black trans women standing in the Texas House or Senate as elected representatives, judges or accomplishing whatever their heart desires and their skills take them?.
Do I hope to one day see an end to cadres of Black ministers selling out our community and preaching anti-trans hate from their pulpits as white fundamentalists and conservative Republicans smile?
Do I hope to have my Black community say in one loud voice that Black Trans Lives matter and I see an end to the obscene levels of anti-trans violence aimed at us?
I sure do.
It's why building Texas Black trans representation is needed, necessary and needs to expeditiously happen.\
And here's the link to me, Sara Ramirez and other orators speaking truth to power outside the Texas State Capitol.