One of the things the fight to pass the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance exposed is just how much education needs to be done about the various letters in our own chocolate Houston SGL trans and bi ranks.
Trans 101 is particularly needed, especially when we discovered in the repeal petition checking process some of our own LGBT people signed them or swallowed the lies Max Miller and company repetitively at the behest of their puppet master Dave Welch told about the trans community due to lack of knowledge about us.
Now that we not facing in Houston the imminent threat of a referendum this November, are awaiting the January 19, 2015 trial date, and have some time to do some 'ejumacation', we are dong just that and holding community conversations that we'll eventually expand to the straight African-American community.
Last Sunday (August 24) I took part in a forum held at the Montrose Center moderated by Austin D. Williams entitled Educating Us about Us.
It started at 3:30 PM and featured some real talk about the HERO by Ashton Woods. He talked about the fifteen categories it covers, busted the lies the faith-based haters have been saying about it, and it was a nice segue into my portion of the event discussing Trans 101 and some of the historical background.
We spent about an hour and a half in spirited discussion talking about the trans community since that's where much of the educating needed to be done. We eventually moved from talking about the 'T' and busting myths to the portions of the facilitated discussion about the other letters in our SGL community. We broke down some of the myths about lesbians, gay Republicans, gay Christians, gay men and finally the DL peeps that cause dissension and drama..
6:30 PM came way too soon, and a group of us decided to take the discussion to the Midtown Grill, a nearby Montrose area restaurant on West Gray where that SGL community centered discussion continued over a meal and spilled out into the parking lot for a little while longer.
But it was clear to many of the passionate and intelligent folks in that room that more of these H-town community building conversations need to (and will) happen. And when the next one is scheduled, I'll let you know on these TransGriot electronic pages when it does.