Wednesday, September 19, 2018

2018 Houston GLBT Caucus Equality Brunch Award Honorees

The 9th Annual Equality Bruch will be taking place later this month to not only raise funds for the Houston GLBT Caucus, it will also honor some our local advocates and accomplices in our TBLGQ rights struggle.

I was honored by the Caucus with the John Paul Barnich Award in 2016, and now the Caucus has released the names of the persons that will be honored at the upcoming edition of the Equality  Brunch in the Hotel Zaza's Grand Ballroom.

Since I mentioned it, I'll start by announcing the winner of the John Paul Barnich award for 2018. 

The Barnich Award goes to the person whose work is rooted in justice for the LGBTQ+ community, and this year it goes to Ana Andrea Molina.

The Eleanor Tinsley Award for distinguished community ally goes to Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen 

The Don Hrachovy Award for distinguished Caucus member goes to Jim Taylor. 

The Kristen Capps Award for social conscience (and well deserved) goes to Kandice Webber

The President's Award for distinguished community leadership goes to Parker Sheffy

The Tony and Bruce Award for distinguished philanthropic leadership goes to Legacy Community Health 

The Tim Brookover Award for lifetime achievement goes to Bill Baldwin.

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The Equality Brunch will take place on September 30 from 12:00 noon to 2 PM at Hotel Zaza, located at 5701 Main Street near Hermann Park.  Tickets are going fast for it, so if you wish to attend, you may wish to get busy securing those seats or tables before they sell out. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

If You Can't (Or Won't) Unapologetically Love A Black Trans Woman, Step

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This cartoon has been making the rounds in Black trans feminine world probably because it has struck a nerve to the point it motivated me to write this post about relationships.

Far too often we have some trans attracted men who wish to date us, but only if we keep it a secret. Many are too scared to live in their truth about declaring their desire to openly date trans women without judgment from society.   Some demand relationship secrecy out of concern for their own egos, concerns about what other cisgender women or their homies will say, or fear they will have their manhood questioned for openly dating us.

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That social and political shaming of cis men who date trans women is a factor in what is killing us.

So hear me on this fellas and my trans sisters.  Time for a new game plan.  If you can't or won't publicly date me or my trans sisters, don't need your cowardly behind. We'll go to someone else who ain't 'scurred' to unapologetically date us and is ready to do so.

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We Black trans women want to be taken out during daylight and early evening hours to public places. We wish to be occasionally spoiled and treated like the regal queens we are.
And if the relationship progresses to another level, we wish to be proudly introduced by you to your family and friends.

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We are not your secret lovers, hit it and quit it sloppy seconds, your punching bags because life is frakking with you or your after 2 AM booty call. We are women of quality and substance who scratch, fight and claw with every fiber of our being daily to be recognized by society as the women we know we are.
We are women who know they deserve better in relationships and aren't afraid to demand our suitors meet or exceed those high LTR standards.
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Being in a relationship with a Black trans woman requires you to step your relationship game up. The world at times is unrelentingly cruel to us, and there are days we just need a hug, an empathetic ear, chocolate, an "I love you" whispered into our ear as were cuddling or all of the above.
We need you to be a best friend and a lover.
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If you can't handle the challenge of loving a Black trans woman, then step. If you can, like the Marines, we're looking for a few good men, be they cis or trans.
Black trans women are their unapologetic selves 24-7-365, and 366 days in a leap year. We need LTR partners who not only recognize that, but are confident and secure in their own personhood to do the same.

Miss America 2019 Says Trans Women Should Be Allowed To Compete

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Today was the day 35 years ago that Vanessa Williams, who repped New York state, was crowned as the first ever Black Miss America back in 1983.

The 92nd annual competition took place in Atlantic City, NJ on September 9.  This year's newly crowned Miss America, like the trailblazing Williams, is also a Black woman repping New York state in 25 year old Nia Imani Franklin.

Franklin is the ninth Black woman to wear the Miss America crown, and she was recently asked her thoughts during a The Clay Cane Show interview concerning whether trans feminine contestants should be allowed to compete for the Miss America title.

Y'all know what my thoughts are concerning that question.   Here's what Ms. Franklin had to say about it:

"That’s something I haven’t given a lot of thought to. I could see the organization may be going into a different direction in the future, but at this time our goal is just to focus on women who want to further their education.” 
She continued, “If trans women want to compete I think they should be able to — that’s not something I think we are really putting too much emphasis on as far as, ‘Are you trans? Check this box’ when you compete. When I competed, in my application, there was nothing that asked me if I was a trans woman or not, so we’re definitely not discriminating.”
Yes, you are when the pageant has a rule that states only 'natural born women', whatever in the hell that means, can compete in the Miss America system.  
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The Miss Universe system has had since 2012 allowed trans women to compete, and later this year in Bangkok we will finally witness a trans woman competing for the Miss Universe crown in Spain's Angela Ponce. 

But the 98 year old Miss America system, despite moves to modernize the pageant and make it more relevant to 21st century life, like ditching the swimsuit competition for a current events Q&A, still bans trans women from competing.

But glad to hear the current Miss America titleholder thinks trans women who fit the pageant's eligibility requirements should be allowed to compete for this prestigious crown.

And I hope that change happens sooner rather than later.

Number 21- Rest In Power and Peace Nikki Janelle Enriquez

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I was made aware of the latest trans murder victim in large part because she was one of the victims of the US Border Patrol agent who has been arrested for killing four women between September 3-15.

Been aware that we lost a trans woman since Saturday, but took me this long to confirm it because in large part of her being deadnamed and misgendered by Webb County law enforcement officials before they corrected it.

The latest trans person we have lost is 28 year old Nikki Janelle Enriquez.   What we know so far is that she was murdered by accused serial killer Juan David Ortiz around September 14-15, and according to authorities her body was found dumped along I-35 at mile marker 15.

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He has now been charged with her murder and the murder of three other cis women.

After Ortiz is tried and hopefully found guilty, may he get the death penalty or rot in jail for life.

Her life and the lives of the other cis feminine people lives he callously took from all who loved them deserve justice     We'll be watching to see if that happens or Webb County falls into the disgusting pattern of not giving people who murder trans folks the sentences they deserve.

Nikki also went by the name Janelle.   No word yet from my trans family in the RGV and south Texas as to a memorial service or memorial vigil.    If I find out, I will pass that information along to you.

She is the second Latina trans Texan we have lost this year, the third trans Latina in the US murdered this year, and the 21st trans person this year violently taken from us.   

And once again, she is the tenth trans person under age 30 we've violently lost in 2018 and the 18th trans person of color.   17 of those trans POC have ben trans women.  We have also had one Black trans man killed this year who also ID as gender non conforming.

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#TransLivesMatter   #TransLatinaLivesMatter.  When will the lives of Latinx trans folks become just as valuable to cis Latinx folks?    When will we see an end to the murders of trans people, no matter what their ethnic background?

Rest in power and peace, Nikki   You can begin to rest soundly knowing that the person who killed you is in custody.  Your trans family and all who loved you in the Lone Star State and around the country will be watching and waiting to see if the Webb County DA handles his business and you get justice for the abrupt end of your all too brief life.       

Monday, September 17, 2018

US Border Patrol Agent Serial Killer Victims Includes A Latina Trans Woman

You are probably been aware of the story coming out of the Lone Star State over the weekend concerning a Laredo area supervisory Border Patrol agent who is accused of being a serial killer that targeted sex workers.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been accused of killing four women in Laredo.
35 year old Juan David Ortiz, a ten year veteran of the Border Patrol, has been arrested and charged with the first degree murder of four women. Ortiz  has also been charged with unlawful restraint with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Erika Pena according to Webb County DA Isidro R. 'Chilo Alaniz.

Ortiz has also confessed to the murders of the four women , and is in jail on a $2.5 million bond.

Pena was talking to him inside his white four door Dodge truck when the conversation turned to discussing Ramirez, who had disappeared a week earlier and was her friend. 

Ortiz's mood changed, and he subsequently pulled a gun on Pena, pointed it at her and tried to grab her shirt to prevent her escape from the vehicle.  Pena took off her shirt and ran to a nearby gas station where she encountered a DPS state trooper.  Pena gave a detailed description of Ortiz including his tattoos to law enforcement officials, which triggered the manhunt for him that led to his arrest.   

Ortiz was found at another gas station in Laredo, and fled on foot to a nearby Ramada Inn where he was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck in the parking lot of the motel. 

DA Alaniz has called Ortiz a serial killer.   Webb County officials aren't dismissing the possibility there may be more victims.   Ortiz committed a string of murders of women between September 3 and September 15 of women who were presumed to be sex workers. 

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The body of 29 year old Melissa Ramirez was found lying on Jefferies Road near TX state highway 255 with multiple gunshot wounds to the head on September 4 in northwest Webb County. 

She was the first of Ortiz's victims, and he admitted to killing the mother of two on September 3

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The second victim, 42 year old Claudine Anne Luera, was found shot multiple times in the head and left mortally wounded along TX state highway 255 two miles from where Ramirez's body was discovered.   She was taken to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

The last two victims were killed after Pena escaped from Ortiz's truck but before he was finally apprehended bylaw enforcement.   One is a still as yet unidentified Jane Doe whose body was found at the Webb Road underpass of I-35 near mile marker 21.   Her name will be released once next of kin are notified.

The other is 28 year old Nikki Janelle Enriquez.  She is the trans woman who was initially deadnamed and misgendered by law enforcement officials and local media until it was corrected.

She was killed around September 14-15 according to authorities and her body was also found along I-35 at mile marker 15.

Enriquez sadly becomes the 21st trans person to be murdered in the US, the third Latina and the second one in Texas in 2018

Don't Want Republicans Running The Government? You Need To Vote!

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If you don't want Republicans running our government at any level, the ONLY way you can #FireTheGOP is vote in each and every election you get an opportunity to participate in. 

If you live in Texas, the deadline to register and be eligible to vote on November 6, you need to be registered by October 9. 

Early voting in Texas starts October 22.   

Not only do you need to be registered to vote, if you are, double check your registration between now and Election Day.    Republican controlled areas are merrily engaging in voter roll purging and other voter suppression tactics so that they can restrict the numbers of people headed to the polls to vote their butts out of office.

Voting is not a waste of time,   If you believe that BS that voting is a waste of time, then why are the Republicans passing voter suppression laws?

If you want to change the jacked up fascist direction this country is going in, you must take the time to handle your patriotic duty as an American citizen and vote.   

Sunday, September 16, 2018

AG Holder's HRC 2018 National Dinner Speech

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Eric Holder was the attorney general during much of the Obama Administration from 2009-2015.  There are rumors that he is considering a run for POTUS in 2020.

I also have much love and respect for AG Holder, and hope he does decide to run. We'll find out if that happens withing the next few months. 

The 2018 HRC National Dinner took place Saturday night in Washington DC, and AG Holder was on the stage speaking to the folks attending the dinner.

He also gave a shoutout to Shea Diamond's performance during that event.

Here's his speech.


You Want Some Ice Cream

This latest song rewrite was inspired by my homegirl Tarah Taylor. 

She mentioned on her Facebook page that in the largely Latinx northside Houston neighborhood of Aldine, there is an ice cream truck rolling through the area that instead of playing nursery rhymes to get the kids and parents outside the house to part with their money for his delicious treats, it plays Jennifer Lopez songs.

Didn't take me long to come up with the remixed lyrics after that.

So y'all know what to do.  Find your fave music program and sing along with Moni's remixed lyric to this JLo song.

You Want Some Ice Cream
(sung to the tune of 'Ain't Your Mama' by Jennifer Lopez)

You've been cooking all day
You want some ice cream
You've been doing laundry
You want some ice cream
You want some ice cream
Yeah You want some ice cream

When you coming out to get it?
Come get this ice cream

Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream
Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream

Get out those dollars and dimes
Aw yeah yeah yeah
It's eating ice cream time
Aw yeah yeah yeah
Put down the video games
Aw yeah yeah yeah
And give me all your change
Right here right here

You know that it's Blue Bell you love
Don't forget the fudgesicles
Popsicles make you feel comfortable
They're so good in fact
They're so good in fact
Just remember that, hey!

You've been cooking all day
You want some ice cream
You've been doing laundry
You want some ice cream
You want some ice cream
Yeah you want some ice cream

When you coming out to get it?
Come get this ice cream

Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream
Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream

Lucky I'm in this 'burb
Aw yeah yeah yeah
The kids getting on your nerves
Aw yeah yeah yeah
You want it don't be ashamed
Aw yeah yeah yeah
Go on pull out that change
Aw yeah yeah yeah

You know that it's Blue Bell you love
Please don't forget the fudgesicles
Popsicles make you feel comfortable
They're so good in fact
They're so good in fact
Just remember that, hey!

I've been cooking all day
I want some ice cream
I've been doing laundry
I want some ice cream
I want some ice cream
Yeah I want some ice cream

When you coming out to get it?
Come get this ice cream

Oh oh oh oh oh
I want some ice cream
Oh oh oh oh oh
I want some ice cream

I want some ice cream, yo

You know that it's Blue Bell you love
Please don't forget the fudgesicles
Popsicles make you feel comfortable
They're so good in fact
They're so good in fact
Just remember that, hey!

You've been cooking all day
You want some ice cream
You've been doing laundry
You want some ice cream
You want some ice cream
Yeah you want some ice cream

When you coming out to get it?
Come get this ice cream

Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream
Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream

You've been cooking all day
You want some ice cream
You've been doing laundry
You want some ice cream
You want some ice cream
Yeah you want some ice cream

When you coming out to get it?
Come get this ice cream

Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream
Oh oh oh oh oh
You want some ice cream, yo!

You want some ice cream, yo!

Friday, September 14, 2018

MJ Rodriguez To Receive Trailblazer Hispanic Heritage Award

You know MJ Rodriguez as Blanca Rodriguez Evangelista from the hit FX show POSE that will kick off Season 2 in 2019.   
MJ Rodriguez, the actress who plays Blanca, is poised to make history when the 31st annual Hispanic Heritage Awards take place in Washington DC at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 27 year old Rodriguez will be honored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation with the Trailblazer Hispanic Heritage Award. 

It is a prestigious one in the Latinx community that has previously gone to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Gloria Estefan, Rita Moreno, Celia Cruz, America Ferrera, Gael Garcia Bernal, Zoe Saldana, Ricky Martin and Placido Domino just to name some of the recipients of that award. 

Congratulations to MJ as her name joins that distinguished list of honorees.

Rodriguez is being recognized for her “talent, courage and social impact,” according to Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. “Her story is a journey of triumph as she leads the way for transgender representation in Hollywood and beyond,” he said in a statement.

Rodriguez will become the first trans feminine woman ever to win this award, and the Hispanic Heritage Awards can be seen on PBS later this month.

Texas Conservafools Snatching Beto Yard Signs

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When Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) announced his candidacy for the US senate,  the Texas Republican Party sneered and laughed about it

Sen. John Cornyn (R) arrogantly said back on May 4, "Beto is going to give him a run, but I don't think he has a chance." 

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Fast forward to us being less than 30 days from the October 22 start of early voting in the Lone Star State.   Beto has visited all 254 counties in Texas.   He is depending on the polls, within two to four  percentage points of Rafael, building momentum towards Election Day, and making appearances on Ellen, the Stephen Colbert Show and more frequent appearances on national news shows. 

Cornyn has changed his tune from a dismissive smirk to outright sounding the alarm that Cruz is in trouble.

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"We're not bluffing, this is real, and it is a serious threat," Cornyn said in a POLITICO interview. "If Ted does his job and we do ours, I think we'll be fine. But if we have donors sitting on the sidelines thinking that, 'Well, this isn't all that serious,' or 'I don't need to be concerned,' then that's a problem."

Even Ted Cruz has stopped ignoring Beto and started attacking him, even going as far as releasing a doctored video to bolster his weak attack line claiming Beto is 'too liberal for Texas'

Nope Ted.   We finally got someone better than you that we like and has a serious chance of making you a one term US senator.  

Dolt 45 is rumored to be traveling to Texas soon to hold a rally at Jerry World for our not so Texas tough senator from Alberta.

The worried Texas conservafool minions have started doing their grassroots level dirty trick of sign stealing.  This thug woman was busted in Houston's ritzy River Oaks neighborhood stealing this Beto sign.  Reports are coming from other Houston neighborhoods and across the state that the same thing is happening.

Houston and Harris County make up 25% of the statewide vote totals in an election, and Harris County went blue in the 2016 election cycle.

FYI to the conservaBecky that stole this sign.  This is what that house looks like now.  The more signs you steal, the more money that goes to the Beto campaign ($10 a sign) to replace them.

A reminder and a warning to you Texas conservafools tempted to steal or destroy Beto signs.  Under Texas law, stealing, willfully defacing, destroying or removing a political sign on private property is a misdemeanor crime punishable by a $2500 fine and up to a year in jail

The Lone Star conservafools in addition to the national GOP are running scared over the prospect of a Senator Beto O'Rourke.   Good. The Democrats, despite having to defend 26 senate seats in this cycle, only need to flip two Republican held seats out of the eight the Republicans are having defend this cycle to get control of the US Senate

Beto's senate campaign is also forcing the Republican Senate Campaign Committee (RSCC) to make some tough calls in addition to ramping up their rhetoric. 

They will have to decide soon if they wish to spend precious campaign funds in this expensive Texas media market trying to save Ted or commit that money to Republican senate candidates in more affordable markets elsewhere in the country
Meanwhile Lyin' Ted Cruz is in the fight of his political life in this US senate race.  It's past time we had a Democrat once again positively repping the senate seat once held by Ralph Yarborough and Lloyd Bentsen. 

Trans, Muslim and Living In Malaysia

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If you're trans, Muslim  and live in Malaysia, it means that you are not only dealing with the anti-trans hatred aimed at you, you also have to contend with the religious police messing with you as well.

You also have to contend with religious authorities trying to forcibly detransition you back to living in a gender role you are not comfortable in

This situation our trans Muslim fam face in Malaysia is probably the wet dream of our Talabaptist right wing fundies to replicate the religious persecution of trans Americans here.

Here is a documentary discussing the fight for trans Malaysian Muslims to not only have their human rights they deserve, but just have the ability to happily live their lives.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

TransGriot 2018 NFL Picks- Week 2

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Week 1 of the NFL season can be a crapshoot in terms of NFL prognostication.    While you have some idea of how they might play because of the previous season's body of work, that was still a year ago.

Teams have changed because players have moved to new teams either via trade or free agency.  Others have been cut and are still looking to be signed, have retired,  are on suspension for various reasons, on IR  or are out because of training camp or preseason game injuries.

There there are also the drafted rookies who did make the team, and fans are eagerly watching to see what impact they make on their 2018 squad.

While I had a great week to start the 2018 NFL prognostication contest , my fave NFL team didn't.  They started slow and fell behind the New England Cheatriots Patriots 21-6  before waking up in the second half to lose 27-20 amd fall to 0-7 in Foxborough. 

Sooner or later they will beat New England up there, and I'd much rather have it happen during the playoffs.

I also found it interesting at all seven of the new coaches making their season debuts lost their Week 1 games.   Like all the 0-1 teams (or 0-0-1 in Pittsburgh and Cleveland's cases) they are going to have some work to do to ensure they don't go into an 0-2 hole.

So let's get to the Week 2 picks.   Mike's will be at this link.   Mine will be in bold print with the home team in CAPS. 

Week 1 Results 
                                                                      2018 NFL Season Record 
TransGriot  10-5-1                                                                   TransGriot  10-5-1
Mike             8-7-1                                                                   Mike             8-7-1

Thursday Night Game
BENGALS over Ravens

Sunday Early Games
Texans over TITANS
FALCONS over Panthers
Eagles over BUCCANEERS
Chiefs over STEELERS
JETS over Dolphins
Chargers over BILLS
PACKERS over Vikings
SAINTS over Browns

Sunday Afternoon Games 
49ERS over Lions
RAMS over Cardinals
Patriots over JAGUARS
BRONCOS over Raiders

Sunday Night Game
Giants over COWBOYS

Monday Night Game
Seahawks over BEARS

Good Luck Melissa!

The New York primary election is happening today, and my friend Melissa Sklarz is trying to make more history in the Empire State by becoming the first out trans person elected to the New York State Assembly

She's running for the 30th Assembly District;s Democratic party nomination against freshman incumbent Assemblyman Brian Barnwell, who knocked off a longtime incumbent himself in 2016.

Here's hoping that when the polls close in New York state, we hear some good news this evening.

Good luck, Melissa!

TransGriot Update:  Unfortunately it didn't work out for Melissa last night.   Assemblyman Barnwell captured the Democratic nomination for the 30th Assembly District seat

Moni's Thoughts On The Friess Op-Ed

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Looks like some rainbow vanillacentric privileged nerves got plucked in the aftermath of the incident during the closing NLGJA reception in which Marshall McPeek was called out for a problematic 'things and its' comment while emceeing the event. 

Mary Emily O'Hara wrote an article about the incident, I followed it up with my thoughts about it, and now Steve Friess has written a shady op-ed in the Bay Area Reporter in which he asserted that 'everybody was wrong' , but focused much of his commentary on attacking the trans community and what he derisively called 'Pitchfork-wielding Trans Twitter'.

Gee, how mighty white gay male of him. 

Here was my response I posted in the comment thread to his op-ed.

Steve Friess, 
Referring to human beings as 'things and its' is not a joke to the trans community, and especially the African American one who are taking the brunt of the anti-trans violence aimed at us. 
It is never wrong to immediately call crap out. And FYI, you don't get to tell trans people what we should and shouldn't be offended by or how offended we should be about anti-trans insults.  
I can forgive mistakes. But as a representative of the group taking the brunt of that anti-trans hate violence that starts with comments like that, I am also compelled to immediately call that comment out, because far too often, gay men like yourself have been slinging those anti-trans insults inside community circles and LGBTQ organizations with zero accountability.  
If you have a problem with this NLGJA member calling that problematic comment out at a reception sponsored by a so called 'news' organization that makes their money demonizing Black and trans people on a regular basis, too bad. 
One of the jobs of the media and LGBTQ journalists is to speak truth to power, even within our own circles and organizations, not sweep crap under the rug.

I repeat, it is never wrong to instantly call out problematic commentary.  And as TBLGQ journalists, it is not our job to be stenographers for our community organizations.  When they do something that is worthy of praise we will give them their kudos, and when they frakk up, we will call them on it.

As an African American TBLGQ journalist, I am part of that century plus long tradition Black journalists have of not only speaking truth to power, but activist journalism that moves the ball forward in our ongoing human rights struggle.

The fact that am transgender, I do so as an NLGJA member from a GLAAD award winning decade plus old blog, a monthly column in a regional LGBTQ magazine and have 15K followers on Twitter doesn't diminish the power of my written words or the importance of them, it enhances them.

And you would be wise to listen to what the hell I have to say as an unapologetic Black trans someone who also has 20 years of award winning activist experience.

As journalist Ida B. Wells once said, "The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them." 

That is what has been taking place here.   When we point out stuff that is wrong in our community, in our organizations, or discuss problematic commentary, we are doing so in the spirit of constructive criticism so that the mistake can be corrected.    We are doing so to make organizations better. 

The bottom line is that comment should have never been uttered in an organization dedicated to respectful coverage of the TBLGQ community.   And if people who are part of our community's media organization think it's okay to call trans people 'things and its', what hope do we trans folks have of getting respectful coverage from mainstream media, much less have NLGJA stand up for us when the inevitable misgendering or facts free anti-trans reporting happens?   

We trans journalists are representing our community and our readership, and they demand of us that when necessary, we hold you accountable.

We also need you as organizations representing the TBLGQ community to role model the change we wish to see in this currently screwed up Trump run country. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Number 20- Rest In Power and Peace Londonn Moore Kinard

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While we're still waiting for confirmation on two possible murders in New York, we have a confirmed one in North Port, FL 

20 year old Londonn Moore Kinard was found face down shot to death at the intersection of Sawyer Circle and Red Oak Road at 7:30 AM EDT Saturday.

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And as you probably guessed, Londonn was egregiously misgendered in death by reporter Lauren Coffey, who went out of his way to misgender our fallen sister. 

I'll call out this F+ transphobic 'reporting' and this stenographer later.  In the meantime my priority is getting justice for Londonn and all who loved her.

Step aside, sir and watch how we properly cover a trans murder victim.

Back to business.

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North Port PD is still investigating this case and are being tight lipped about many of the details in this case.   They are asking if you do have evidence that will lead to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the killer, you are asked to call Detective Chris Maki at 941-429-7323 

Londonn is now the 20th person we have lost in the US in 2018 to anti trans violence.   She is the 15th African American trans person we have lost this year, and the tenth person under age 30 we have lost.

And we're still trying to confirm if two more found dead last week were homicides.

Yeah, this pattern is getting beyond aggravating.  My young trans siblings die, and get disrespected still further in death. The crap has got to stop.   #StopKillingUs   #BlackTransLivesMatter

Sharif Durhams Elected NLGJA President

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Lost in all the drama that took place on  Saturday night is the historic and groundbreaking news that NLGJA has elected its first Black president

He is Sharif Durhams, who is the senior editor for news and alerting at CNN Digital.  His two year term at the helm of NLGJA started September 9.   Durhams has been a lifetime member of NLGJA since 2000, has co-chaired a previous NLGJA convention, and has served for several years on the organization's board of directors.

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), of which Durhams is also a lifetime member, hailed his election

"NABJ is proud of members Sharif Durhams and Cheryl W. Thompson for their recent elections as presidents of NLGJA and IRE respectively," NABJ President Sarah Glover said. "As the country's demographics continue to become increasingly more diverse, it's noteworthy that NABJ members are stepping forward to take on organizational leadership roles that shape media discourse and the future of journalism."
"My goal is to improve the diversity of this organization as well as it's outreach," said Durhams, who also has a lifetime memberships in the NABJ. "I definitely want both organizations to work more together. In some ways, our issues mirror each other, such as making sure there is support in our newsrooms for diversity and getting people from diverse backgrounds into leadership positions. 

"There are ways we can back each other up to make sure all of our voices are heard." 

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One of Durham's goals is to not only build on the efforts of outgoing president Jen Christensen build diversity within NLGJA, he also seeks to grow the 28 year old organization's membership ranks and its financial coffers to ensure stability and its long term staying power. 

Durhams also wants NLGJA to become a more vocal thought leader in the journalism world in addition to train newsrooms in how to better cover transgender people and LGBTQ communities of color. 

And I'm looking forward to working with him over the next two years to make that happen. 

Congratulations on your new position in the NLGJA ranks, Sharif!   Congratulations on also making history!    .