Saturday, December 15, 2018

2018 US Trans Murders- Updated List

Here's hoping that 2018 comes to an end at 11:59 PM on December 31 with no more addition to this list that has been compiled from January 1-December 31. 

We needed a list in which we actually counted people killed during a calendar year from January 1 to December 31 and not from TDOR to the next TDOR.

And here we are.   24 lives needlessly snuffed out before they could reach their full potential  It's past time for one of these murderers of trans people to get the death penalty for doing so.

As long as they feel they'll get a slap on the wrist or nobody will care about a dead trans person , they'll keep doing it.   I do, because trans lives matter.just as much as you cis ones to all who loved the people who have prematurely joined the ancestors

2018 US Trans Murders


Christa Lee Steele-Knudslien, 47, North Adams, MA
Vickky Gutierrez, 38, Los Angeles, CA
Zakaria Fry, 28,  Albuquerque, NM
Celine Walker, 38,  Jacksonville, FL
Tonya Harvey, 35, Buffalo, NY
Phylicia Mitchell, 45, Cleveland, OH
Amia Tyrae Berryman, 28, Baton Rouge, LA
Sasha Wall, 29, Chesterfield County, SC  
Carla Patricia Flores-Pavon, 26, Dallas, TX
Nino Fortson, 36, Atlanta, GA
Gigi Pierce, 28,  Portland, OR
Antasha English, 38, Jacksonville, FL
Diamond Stephens, 39, Meridian, MS
Catalina Christina James, 24, Jacksonville, FL
Keisha James, 58, Cleveland, OH
Sasha Garden, 27, Orlando, FL
Vontashia Bell, 18, Shreveport, LA
Dejanay Stanton, 24, Chicago, IL
Shantee Tucker, 30, Philadelphia, PA
Londonn Moore Kinard, 20, North Port, FL
Nikki Janelle Enriquez, 28, Laredo, TX
Ciara Minaj Carter Frazier, 31, Chicago, IL
Tydie Dansbury, 37, Baltimore, MD
Keanna Mattel,(Kelly Stough)  35, Detroit, MI

2018 Trans Murders Stats Breakdown
Female 23-Male/GNC 1)

By Race
White-3   (3 female-0 male)
Latina-3   (3 female-0 male)
Black -18  (17 female-1 male/GNC)
Asian- 0
Native American- 0

By Age
50+  1
40-49  2
30-39  10
20-29  10
10-19- 1

May they all rest in power in peace, and may the wastes of DNA who took their lives be caught, prosecuted and and incarcerated . . 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

TransGriot NFL Picks -Week 15

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In a weekend of Week 14 upsets, the most shocking one was the Miami Dolphins pulling off what is becoming a routine happening for them when they get to play the New England Patriots in Broward County.

They beat them. 

This time it took a miracle flea flicker  play for it to happen for the Dolphins, but beat the Pats in Florida they did.  And should've gone with my instincts on that one.

Nevertheless, I persisted and despite a .500 record, won the week. 

Now we're in Week 15, which we'll have the last Thursday night contest of the season and two Saturday games.   One of the Saturday games involve my hometown NFL ballplayers, who will probably be very pissed off about the way they played at NRG Stadium last Sunday.   

Let's get to those Week 15 picks.   As per usual, team I'm selecting to win is in bold print with the home team in CAPS.    Mike's Week 15 picks will be here at this link.

Week 14 Results                                                           NFL 2018 Season Results
TransGriot  8-8                                                             TransGriot
Mike           7-9                                                              Mike

Thursday Night  Game
CHIEFS over Chargers

Saturday Games
Texans over JETS
BRONCOS over Browns

Sunday Early Games
FALCONS over cardinals
Raiders over BENGALS
Dolphins over VIKINGS
Cowboys over COLTS
RAVENS over Buccaneers
Lions over BILLS
BEARS over Packers
JAGUARS over Washington
GIANTS over Titans

Sunday Afternoon Games
Seahawks over 49ERS
Patriots over STEELERS

Sunday Night Game
RAMS over Eagles

Monday Night Ga,me
Saints over PANTHERS

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Angela Ponce- Miss Universe National Costume Contest

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Getting closer to the live televised Miss Universe pageant, but the preliminary contest will happen on December 13. 

All 94 contestants will participate in evening wear, swimsuit and an interview portion in front of judges.   The scores they earn during that portion will determine who the 16 semifinalists will be competing on Sunday.   

On December 10 the National Costume Show was held.  It's a Miss Universe tradition in which all 94 delegates get to choose a national costume that best represents the culture of their nation. 

Y'all know I'm rooting for Angela.   Here she is repping Spain

 

If you wish to watch the entire show, have the video here for you pageant junkies.



Monday, December 10, 2018

Raquel Willis Becomes Executive Editor At OUT Magazine

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I'd heard Raquel Willis was leaving her position with the Transgender Law Center to move to New York, saw that she had posted it on her Facebook page, but didn't elaborate at the time why she was doing so. 

Now I know why she went from the Left Coast to NYC.  .

It was announced today that Willis would become an executive editor with OUT magazine  and in the process, become the first trans person in that role in the 25 year history of that publication.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and be a part of this new crew of queer and trans people who wanna shake things up, and bring in more color along with new perspectives,” she said in an interview with ESSENCE magazine.

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And you better believe I'm extremely proud of her for being tapped by OUT to fill this new role.

Willis is still getting acclimated to her new position and what she wants to do to elevate the voices of trans people on OUT's pages, but I am looking forward to seeing what happens at the magazine.

Congrats Raquel one making history, and I wish you nothing but success in your new position.

Kansas Trans People Suing State For Right To Change Birth Certificates

Luc Bensimon is one of four transgender individuals suing Kansas officials over the state's refusal to to allow them to change the sex listed on their birth certificates.
Kansas is one of three states  (Ohio and Tennessee are the other two) that obstinately refuse to allow trans people born there  to change their birth certificates under any circumstances. 

It's BS, so four Kansas trans residents filed a federal lawsuit on October 15 to change that unjust policy.   I was happy to discover but not surprised to find out that two of the four people suing are my Kansas based BTAC fam in Luc Bensimon and Nyla Foster

The lawsuit argues that the Kansas policy violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Constitution.   It's also arguing that the policy violates the plaintiff's free speech rights.

The other plaintiffs in the suit are a transperson person identified as C.K., Jessica Hicklin, and the Kansas Statewide Education project (K-STEP)

The defendants are Jeff Anderson, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Elizabeth W. Saadi, the Kansas state registrar; and Kay Haug, director of the state’s vital statistics office, a unit of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Bensimon said the state's unjust policy made it easier for people to discriminate against him, “on top of the discrimination I already confront based on my disability.”

“I’m here to seek justice,” said Nyla Foster, a transgender woman and one of the plaintiffs. “My birth certificate does not reflect the gender I identify as, and I’m here to correct it so I can move forward with my life.”|

At a press conference in front of the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, Lambda legal attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan explained why it was challenging the state's transphobic documentation stance.

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"A birth certificate is more than a piece of paper.It's the quintessential identity document that follows a person from birth to death.  It must reflect a person's identity."

Gonzales-Pagan also pointed out that birth certificates can determine access to education, employment, healthcare, travel and impact the ability to obtain other identity documents.

Good luck to you in overturning this unjust policy.  Thanks Lambda Legal for having our backs again.



Saturday, December 08, 2018

Number 24- Rest In Power and Peace, Keanna Mattel


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I was wanting for Christmas no more trans death in 2018.   Unfortunately that is not going to be the case with three weeks left in this year.

We go to Detroit for our latest 2018 trans murder in the person of 35 year old Keanna Mattel. 

Detroit Police unfortunately found her lying dead in street from a gunshot wound on E. McNichols between Brush and Omira streets just before 6 AM EST.   A 46 year old male was arrested by DPD in connection with the shooting, which is still under investigation.

Keanna was active in the Detroit ball community, and was a beloved member of the House of Ebony.

Ironically just three years ago she had been interviewed and quoted in The Guardian in the wake of another Detroit trans sister who had been murdered named Amber Monroe.  .


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The way we clean up our community is not to just throw people in jail. It’s to offer help, resources, jobs … helping girls get their GED.” 


Mattel is the 24th trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence  this year.   She is also the 18th Black trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence (17 female, 1 male).  She's also the 10th person under age 40 we have lost. 

Her Black trans life mattered.   When are Black trans lives going to matter to the rest of Black America? 

As of yet, no word on a memorial service, but will pass that info along when I receive it.

Rest in power and peace, Keanna.  We won't rest until you receive justice, and all of our Black trans  lives matter.

Friday, December 07, 2018

Pat Manuel Making History As A Trans Masculine Pro Boxer

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Before transition, he fought in the 2012 US Olympic trials.  He's endured physical rehab, chest surgery, the fight to cut through red tape and get licensed as a boxer, and a multiyear journey to get to this point.

But tomorrow night, 33 year old Pat Manuel will step into a ring in Indio, CA  and make history.

"We keep being told that to be a high level successful athlete, you have to be born in a man's body." says Cyd Zeigler of Outsports. "and that anyone born in a man's body has an automatic advantage over anyone born in a female body.  People like Pat are showing that transgender men can compete at the highest levels against cisgender men."

"It is not just powerful for the trans community, but it really should open our eyes to the foolishness of the stereotypes we've always had about gender in sports." Zeigler continues.

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"I'm not the type of person that is just going in there for a participation trophy, my goal is to win,"said Manuel. "My mindset isn't really thinking about the history of this.  It's more thinking about going in there and performing as an athlete."

He's correct about that point.  It isn't his job to think about the historic trailblazing nature of this bout.  Thinking and talking about the history of this event is my job. 

He'll become the first out trans masculine person to box professionally when he takes on Mexico's Hugo Aguilar tomorrow night.  Manuel has already fought an amateur bout as a trans masculine person back in 2016, which he won by decision in three rounds. 

It'll be interesting to see what happens in his first professional bout.

I hope that debut as a professional boxer is a successful one.

TransGriot Shut Up Fool Awards- A Date That Will Live In Infamy Edition

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Today happens to be the 77th anniversary of the 1941 surprise attack by Japan on the Pearl Harbor naval base in Hawaii that brought the US into World War II

2,355 Americans lost their lives in the attack and another 1,145 people were wounded.  18 ships, including five battleships were lost on a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt described as 'a date that will live in infamy.

It was also a day that changed the course of American history

Today is also Friday, and you TransGriot readers know what that means.   Once again I get to call out people who have committed war on facts and reason, have said some off the charts idiocy, and it's time to drop the truth bomb on them. 

Honorable mentions were Agent Orange (AKA Donald Trump), Laura Ingraham, PETA and Kevin Hart

This week's fool is E.W. Jackson

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This conservakneegrow pastor went on an 8 minute rant on his radio show aimed at incoming congress members Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib  (D-MI)  who also happen to be Muslim.

Jackson stated that 'Muslims will turn Congress into an institution of Sharia law' and threw in the US is being turned 'into a Islamic republic' dig just for good measure.

Rep-elect Omar clapped back yesterday by reminding Jackson that the floor of Congress will look more like America. 


In the upcoming 116th Congress,  120 women will be part of it.  110 people of color were also elected.   Diversity is America's strength, not a weakness as you faith based conservafools have your vanillacentric privileged sheep believing .

Pastor Jackson, the only people I see trying to force religious based laws on the American people are you Talabaptists 

E.W. Jackson, shut up fool       

US and Canadian Conservafools Are Hating On Angela Ponce

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We're two weeks away from crowning a new Miss Universe 2018, and the conservafools are tripping because of Miss Spain-Universe Angela Ponce not only being in this year's competition, but being considered one of the favorites to take the crown.

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Hate on, transphobic conservahaters.   And yeah, we know through your trans hate speech that you're definitely nervous about the prospect of Ponce actually being crowned Miss Universe.

They recognize the importance of Ponce competing as the first out trans contestant in what is considered the world's most prestigious beauty pageant   The conservafools in Canada and the US are throwing every lie and falsehood about trans people out there they can in their media outlets and hoping it sticks in the larger media universe.

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Ponce, to her credit has been what she always has been, classy in the face of transphobic ignorance.  It's rumored that Ponce will be roommates in Bangkok with Miss Colombia-Universe Valeria Morales, and reached out to her after she made those transphobic comments.

Hey, if that's true, she's better than me in this situation.  Knowing how shady pageants can get, I wouldn't trust home girl, much less want to be in the same room with somebody who publicly made disparaging remarks about me.

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Ponce stated in a recent TIME magazine interview that if she won, it would be a sharp rebuke to the anti-trans ignorance the Trump misadministration is trying to install at the federal government
level.

"More than a message to him, it would be a win for human rights. Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. If they give me the crown, it would show trans women are just as much women as cis women."

She also said in that TIME interview,"
I’m showing that trans women can be whatever they want to be: a teacher, a mother, a doctor, a politician and even Miss Universe."
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No matter what happens, she will always be in the history books as the first out Miss Universe trans contestant, and probably won't be the last.   

Ponce competing in Miss Universe has generated excitement not only in our international trans community, but pageant buzz that will probably translate into higher ratings for the live broadcast from Bangkok on December 16.


And yes, I'm hoping she wins for another reason.   Lauren Foster was outed by a jealous cis model when Foster was poised to compete in the Miss Universe South Africa pageant back in the 80's.

How delicious would it be if the current Miss Universe Demi- Leigh Nel-Peters, who is from South Africa, crowned Angela Ponce as her successor? 

Thursday, December 06, 2018

TransGriot 2018 NFL Picks-Week 14

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Aw yeah, my fave NFL franchise is on a roll right now.  A franchise best nine game winning streak  and a favorable schedule down the stretch to improve on their now 9-3 record after the Texans Bulls on Parade defense obliterated the Cleveland Browns 29-13.

Will they get number 10 in a row?  Keep reading.   But y'all got to score more TD's.

Now if the Patriots would lose one more game so we can get the number two seed and home field for another playoff round.   They have a tendency to lose to the Dolphins on humid days in Miami, but it's December.

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And as much as y'all know as a Houston resident I despise the Arlington Cowchips, have to give them credit for rebounding the way they have since they lost to the Texans.

Defending champion Mr Watts and I tied for Week 13 because he just committed the error that cost me a threepeat title last year.  He forgot to pick a winner in the Seahawks-49ers game, and under our contest rules any game not picked before its kickoff is an automatic loss.

We'll see in a few weeks if that costs him in Week 17. 

It's Week 14.   16 more contests, and with teams jockeying for playoff seeding and just to get in the playoffs, anything can happen.

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As usual, teams I'm picking to win will be in bold print with the HOME team in all CAPS.  Mike's Week 14 picks (and I presume after last week he'll make doubly sure he got them all) will be available at this link.

Then again, I made that same mistake Mike made TWICE last year.

Week 13 Results                                                 2018 NFL Season Results
TransGriot 10-6                                                   TransGriot
Mike          10-6                                                   Mike


Thursday Night Game
TITANS over Jaguars

Sunday Early Games
TEXANS over Colts
Panthers over BROWNS
CHIEFS over Ravens
Patriots over DOLPHINS
Giants over WASHINGTON
Saints over BUCCANEERS
Falcons over PACKERS
BILLS over Jets

Sunday Afternoon Games
CHARGERS over Bengals
Broncos over 49ERS
COWBOYS over Eagles
Steelers over RAIDERS

Sunday Night Game
Rams over BEARS

Monday Night Game
Seahawks over VIKINGS