I was last here in Dallas for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference that happened the weekend of my birthday, and now I'm back in Dallas County for the Facing Race Conference that started last night and kicked off the seminar portion of it today and tomorrow.
You can check out the tweets at #FacingRace14 Race Forward
or the Facing Race Livestream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/racialjustice
I enjoyed the plenary, and I got to do two things on this trip to Dallas I'd never done before. One was fly into Love Field, and the other was emcee a conference event.
I had a blast co-hosting with Jeff Chang last night, and I've enjoyed the seminars I have been able to attend so far before I have to head back to my end of I-45 later tonight..
But this Friday, and y'all know what happens today. I get to call out all the assorted fool, fools and groups of fools who are competing for this week's Shut Up Fool Award.
Honorable Mention number one goes to PRIDE Houston. They were warned back in October by Black LGBT Houstonians and our allies about a problematic scheduling conflict.with the 2015 parade being held on Juneteenth and asked to quietly move it. They blew it off and found themselves in the middle of a PR nightmare they were warned would happen if they didn't change the date back to the traditional last weekend in June.
At last night's PRIDE community meeting they changed it back to June 27, but only after getting called out at another contentious PRIDE community meeting and enduring a lot of negative publicity while doing so.
Honorable mention number two is Deion Sanders. While discussing Michael Sam he recently recited the tired line that Sam 'chose to be gay' and added 'God Don't make mistakes' to it.
So Deion, tell me the exact date you 'chose to be a straight womanizer?' As for thesecond part of your statement, you're absolutely right Deion. God didn't make mistakes. That's why trans, bi and SGL people exist. Some of them are damned good football players. too
Honorable mention number three is a group award for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, MN for the jacked up #pointergate story.
Honorable mention number four goes to the Kentucky Baptist Assn for kicking out Louisville's LGBT friendly Crescent Hill Baptist Church for doing what our faith commands and loving everyone that enters their sanctuary doors.
What next? Is the Kentucky Baptist Assn. going to kick out churches that feed the hungry, visit the sick and shut in and perform interracial marriages, too?
Honorary mention number five goes to Robert R Jennings, the president of HBCU Lincoln Univ, in Pennsylvania who in a recent convocation managed the dual feat of slut shaming and victim blaming the female students in attendance.
This week's Shut Up Fool Award winner is Texas State Senator Donna Campbell (R) , who filed a bill earlier this week that seeks to enshrine the 'right to discriminate into our Texas constitution
Why? Didn't you learn when this same bill failed in the 2013 session and from what happened in Arizona?
Don't you realize that it will be a job and convention business killer, and the right to discriminate can be turned back around on people like you?
Sen Donna Campbell, shut up fool..