Friday, May 23, 2014
HERO Updates, Notes and News-May 23
Amelia and I had an enjoyable early afternoon at KPRC-TV 2 taping our segment of Houston Newsmakers with host Khambrel Marshall. That show we taped will air at 10 AM on Sunday.
The Houston Stonewall Young Democrats will be hosting a phone banking effort at the Harris County Democratic Party Headquarters in which several council districts will be targeted. It's designed to mobilize supporters in those respective communities to contact their Council Members and also urge them show up next Wednesday in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
May 28 is going to be a historic day in H-town that you'll want to be there for.
Received an interesting phone call yesterday evening from an SGL community source that confirmed what I suspected about Houston NAACP President James H. Lilley.
Lilley cryptically expressed 'concerns' during his May 13 testimony about the HERO and dodged questions from Councilmember C.O. Bradford when he tried to find out what those concerns were. What were those 'concerns' he was reluctant to say in the council comment session?
Give you one guess what they were. Those concerns were inclusion of trans people in the HERO ordinance.
Seems as though elements of the local NAACP and possibly President Lilley have bought the right wing anti-trans Kool-Aid Rev. Max Miller and his hate pastors are pouring on behalf of their conservative controllers Dave Welch and Dave Wilson. The local NAACP's silence about the ongoing attacks on the trans community is also pissing us and our allies off inside and outside the Houston LGBT community
And hello Houston NAACP, some of the transpeople being attacked by this rhetoric are survey says, Black trans people.
Rev. Miller, you and your Bible thumping homeboys in the Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity are in violation of two commandments when it comes to the Houston trans community. Thou shalt not lie, and thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
I don't like the transphobic hate speech you and your fellow faith-based bigots have continually engaged in since this HERO passage effort ramped up, and nether does the Houston African-American trans community and our allies. You don't like what I have to say or being called faith based bigots. tough. Stop palling around with white conservative bigots and oppressors who are playing you for the useful fools you are and you won't be called bigots or oppressors.
Back to talking about the Houston NAACP.
Here's my TransGriot proposition to you Houston NAACP. Since that knowledge of the real lived lives of trans people is obviously missing, why don't you talk to some living, breathing transpeople, starting at 3-5 this Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church? It'll be the start of a much needed conversation at the local level and beyond the one on May 24, I and other Houston trans African-Americans are willing to do Trans 101.
Just say the word, and we'll make it happen. And Black SGL, trans and Bi community, think it's past time we started signing up for memberships in the local NAACP and getting involved. .
But I want to ensure before we Black trans folks do so we'll be welcomed into the organization and the transphobia the ministers 'fear and trans smear' tactics introduced is squashed.