Friday, August 16, 2019
That would be Demetria Smith. And Moni has receipts.
Yep, the same Demetria Smith who has run for since 2013 a District D city council seat, Texas governor in 2018 and now twice for mayor in 2015 and this year.
She is the same Demetria Smith whose $3,750 filing fee check for the governor's race bounced, leading the Texas Secretary of State to declare her ineligible to run for the governor's office.
It's not like she would have gotten any support had she been able to stay on the ballot in that Blue tsunami wave election year. She got less than 1% of the vote the last time she ran for mayor in 2015, and is well on her way thanks to her unrepentant homophobia and transphobia to failing spectacularly again.
Oh yeah, almost forgot. Don't you still owe the state of Texas $22,000 in delinquent filing fees?
The last few days have found Smith on social media once again letting her anti-gay and anti-trans flags fly. She has attacked At Large 5 city council candidate Ashton P. Woods, Kandice Webber, Eric Edward Schell, Nick Arvizu-Hutchinson and an increasingly lengthy list of other peeps in the Houston TBLGQ community tired of her bull feces and calling her on it.
(Moni cracks knuckles)
I am personally tired of your ignorant mentally constipated transphobic behind pushing the bathroom predator myth as your weak as well water excuse to hate on HERO. And yes Demetria, you ARE a transphobe and homophobe who is unfit to hold any public elective office in Houston, Harris County or the state of Texas.
You don't like people calling you out about being a homophobe and transphobe? Then stop saying homophobic and transphobic crap. It's that breathtakingly simple.
But tragically, you can't help yourself, and I'm not expecting that miracle to happen.
News flash for you Miss Thang. It ain't the trans folks you need to worry about. It's Baptist preachers, deacons, Catholic priests, Republican politicians and creepy uncles.
It's also pissing me off you're flapping those loud and wrong gums about 'predators' when we have predators who have declared open season on Black trans women. Where's your concern about that?
Don't their lives mater?
These are dangerous times in America, and we need intelligent leaders at all levels of government who stand up for everyone, not just heterosexuals. If my rights as a trans Houstonian aren't secure, nobody's are.
HERO 2.0 without public accommodations language or coverage for trans people is a non starter.
You are batting .1000 when it comes to spreading that ignorance.
It's also quite obvious that you desperately need education about LGBTQ issues but are unwilling to learn. You also keep doubling and tripling down on your homophobia and transphobia and posting it on social media for the world to peruse as if that is something to be proud of.
You have made it quite clear since 2013 that you are NOT that person we need at City Hall, and it's why I and an increasing majority of Houstonians are on Team #NeverDemetria
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Unfortunately we are in a moment in which the trans murders have been happening at a fast and furious pace in the last few weeks. The latest one happened in my Houston backyard back on July 30.
There was a July 30 news report of a woman found dead in a gas station parking lot along the eastbound feeder road in the 11000 block of the Katy Freeway (I-10 to the rest of y'all) at 3:34 AM CDT
Two local stations, ABC13 and FOX 26 reported her as a woman who did not die of natural causes, and HPD detectives were investigating the case. It took a week to pass here in H-town before we were advised by our HPD LGBT liaisons that the woman who was found along I-10 back on July 30 was actually trans and was murdered.
Dee Dee Watters subsequently organized an August 11 town hall meeting that led to us finally IDing Tracy so we can now officially #SayHerName.
Now for the business end of this post.
The 22 year old Single is now the 16th person we have lost to anti-trans violence in the US in 2019, the third in the state of Texas this year, and the 12th person under age 30 that has joined the ancestors far too soon.
If you peeps in the Houston area have any information that will lead the arrest and conviction of her killer, you are urged to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Tracy is being remembered here in Houston by having City Hall lit up in the trans pride flag colors today and tomorrow.
Like City Hall, those bridges will be lit up thanks to Houston Mayor's LGBT Advisory Board Chair Harrison Homer-Guy in trans pride flag colors to honor our fallen sister.
As soon as I get confirmation of the funeral arrangements and memorial service, I'll pass that information along when I receive it
Rest in power and peace Tracy. You were taken away from us way too soon, and we will not rest in the 713 until the person who killed you is locked up for a long stretch in a TDC unit.
Monday, August 12, 2019
There are a few districts in Texas and other states that have policies that protect the humanity and human rights of trans students, teachers and employees.
Bur during this first week, my thoughts are with our trans kids. I'm definitely concerned about the ones who are about to start elementary school. I'm also concerned about the ones making the jump from elementary to middle school since we elder all know how rough puberty was before adding trans issues on top of it.
And with my 40th high school reunion happening next year, I'm thinking about our trans and gender non conforming kids who are either starting their freshman year in high school or beginning their senior year.
I have no doubts that like many of your trans student predecessors, you will not only accomplish your educational goals, but in some cases will make history along the way. There are still schools that have never had a trans homecoming or prom king or queen. I'm still waiting to gleefully write about that first out trans valedictorian or salutatorian. The first out trans class president.
Some of you will have to fight just to be able to wear clothing at prom or your graduations that reflects your true selves But it's worth that battle for you to do so.
Know that if you choose to fight for you human rights, your parents, your trans elders and our allies will help you fight that battle against the transphobes if that comes to pass.
Happy 2019-2020 school year, TBLGQ students! Hope it turns out to be a wonderful. and memorable one for all of you
Thanks to a project curated by the Duchess of Sussex entitled 'Voices For Change', Cox will become the first out trans woman featured on the cover of British Vogue.
magazine has been a dream of mine since I was a child. To get to share this cover with a group of women who inspire me, who are truly forces of change is deeply humbling.”VogueWhile she will be the first out trans person on British Vogue's cover, it won't be the first time the magazine has had a trans person grace its pages.
During her modeling career the then 25 year Ashley was photographed for British Vogue by fashion photographer David Bailey.
The Voices for Change edition guest edited by HRH the Duchess of Sussex, features Cox along with 14 other women that include Salma Hayek Pinault, Christy Turlington Burns, Jane Fonda, Gemma Chan, Sinead Burke and more.
Congrats to Laverne for blazing a trail once again and being an eloquent voice and possibility model for our community.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Turns out that the 22 year old sibling of Dayton shooter Connor Betts was one of the nine victims in the August 4 attack by Betts at a popular club in the city's entertainment district The sibling was also the first to die in that terrorist attack that also wounded 27 people before Betts was killed by Dayton police.
That sibling, Jordan Cofer was being misgendered by family, Dayton police and the media to the point that Jordan's friends spoke out about it.
According to writer Katelyn Burns, Cofer was out to a group of friends, preferred he/him pronouns and self identified as trans masculine..
Cofer's murder also continued the pattern of trans people under age 30 being killed.
It is a pattern that needs to stop.
Rest in power, Jordan. Your friends who loved you will ensure that you're never forgotten, and you will always live in their hearts and memories.
Friday, August 09, 2019
School is starting in many Texas districts next week. The tax free weekend started back in 1999 in order to give parents gearing up for back to school an opportunity to buy all the things they need for their kids and ease the sales tax load.
If you're buying clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from either a store in the Lone Star State or an online website that does business in Texas from August 9-11, what you purchase is exempted from Texas sales taxes this weekend.
Speaking of booming business, time to call out some fools because under this misadminstration, Shut Up Fool business is booming.
While there were many worthy fools to call out like Candace Owens, Dolt 45, Potty Dan Patrick, Mike Huckabee, Mike Pence, Louie Gohmert and
transgender, homosexual and drag queen advocates'.
Did I mention that Miss Right Wing Thang is trying to run for the Ohio State Senate?
Naw Candice, let's place the blame where it really lies. Easy availability of assault weapons to anyone who wishes to buy them, and Republican legislators like you refusing to do anything about it because you're 'scurred' of the NRA
Military weapons that kill mass quantities of humans in seconds do not belong on American streets. It's not the trans community fault that you're too cowardly to do your job as a legislator and fix the problem. If you are unwilling to do that, maybe it's time for you to become an ex-legislator.
Candice Keller, shut up fool
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
We go to Allendale County, South Carolina to discuss the latest trans person who has joined the ancestors way too soon.,
24 year old Pebbles LaDime Doe was found dead on August 4 inside a car parked in a driveway off Concord Church Rd.
Allendale County is situated along the South Carolina-Georgia border 90 miles from Charleston and 73 miles northwest of Savannah.
Neither the Allendale County sheriffs or the South Carolina state police have any suspects in this case. And as you probably guessed, media misgendering played a role in why it has take us
If you have any information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of Dime's killer, you are urged to call local law enforcement.
Now for the stats. Doe is the 14th trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence in 2019 and the second in South Carolina this year. Most infuriating to me as a trans elder is that Doe is the tenth we have lost under age 30.
As for funeral arrangements, the visitation will take place on August 10 at the BF Cave Funeral Home in Allendale, SC from 6-& PM EDT. The funeral will take place on August 11 starting at 12 noon EDT in Allendale, SC at the Magdalene Christian Church .
Rest in power and peace Dime. You trans family will not rest until the perpetrators of the crime against you have been captured and justice is served.
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
It was a seven story low income LGBTQ seniors apartment complex in the Philadelphia gayborhood. I enjoyed a conversation I had with one of the residents, a trans woman named Barbara who dropped a history lesson on me in terms of what it was like to transition back in the 60's.
I walked away from that visit wondering why we couldn't have something similar to that in Houston.
Fortunately then Mayor Annise Parker was visiting a similar low income LGBTQ seniors complex in Los Angeles, and upon her return to Houston began the process in conjunction with the Montrose Center to replicate the same thing for us.
ground will be broken on the 112 unit Law Harrington Senior Living Center at 2222 Cleburne Street
It was first announced back in September 2018, but rising construction costs forced a delay. $23 million dollars in funding through various sources such as grants, tax credits and community donations and the No Place Like Home campaign put it back on track, and the final necessary funding was acquired in June.
Seniors age 62 and up will be housed in the one and two bedroom apartment on the site that located a 1.5 miles east of the Montrose Center along the proposed Blue Line light rail line in Third Ward. .
The complex will include a social services center, a group dining area, a garden, dog park, game rooms, a fitness center and a geriatric primary care facility provided by Legacy Community Health
The Montrose Center is not yet taking applications for housing in the complex, but you can best believe I'll be keeping an eye on how construction is progression on it since I'm less than 5 years from being able to apply for one of those units