My first event of the year was a panel for Leadership Houston in which I got to talk about the Houston and Texas trans community and the potential devastating impact of SB 6 on us and the state if it got passed.
I noted the irony of #CC17 starting during the final days of the Obama administration and the beginning of the Trump one, and I was happy that the TUF board meeting happened on Friday during Dear Cheeto Leader's inauguration so I didn't have to see that train wreck .
One of the 8 trips was in late February to finally get my gender marker changed thanks to Nikki Araguz Loyd and Trans National Alliance
But y'all know I was there in the ATX giving Lois Kolkhorst and her GOP senate colleagues hell for attempting to pass this unjust bill. I had to sit in the Capitol a little over eleven hours tht day before I got my chance to chew on the Republican dominated panel, so I had more than enough time to figure out what I wanted to say.to the Texas GOP oppressors
This year LGBTMedia17 was expanded to two days of workshops, and not only did I enjoy the extra day I got to spend with my LGBTMedia fam, I fell in love with the Rosen Center Hotel, especially since it was a block from a 7 Eleven.
Thankfully it is tied up in the federal courts and here's hoping that discriminatory and unjust piece of legislative refuse never sees the light of day.
One of my goals in 2017 was to be better at role modeling intersectionality. I wanted to build connections this year with not only the Houston Black lesbian community, but build and strengthen my relationships within the trans Latinx community.
I got plenty of opportunities to do so in 2017, and one of them was when the Transgender Law Center brought their Latino Leadership Institute to Houston, and I spent much of the day hanging out with Jennicet Gutierrez and many of the Latinx peeps from around the country who were in attendance.
I was invited by BLMHOU to speak at their rally condemning the Spirit of the Confederacy statue standing for now in Sam Houston Park downtown that unfortunately didn't get swept away in the Hurricane Harvey caused flooding of Buffalo Bayou.
I did receive another award this year and it came from a surprising place in the Human Rights Campaign.
But things didn't all go my way in the awards department this year. Was nominated for my second GLAAD Media Award for Best Blog. That went to Alvin McEwen's Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters.. Was nominated for a F.A.C.E. and OutSmart Gayest and Greatest Awards in several categories but this wasn't my year for them either.. .
But it's nice just to have people, and especially people in your hometown and birth state recognize your work. I did get to carry the trans pride flag as part of the color guard for this year's Houston Pride parade.
Also got an opportunity to go to Netroots Nation again, which was being held in the ATL. It was my third Netroots Nation event (2012, 2016, 2017) and the first time I'd ever attended back to back ones.
While I was attending Netroots Nation, I was a participant in two panels. As the 2016 Netroots Nation Pundit Cup Champion, I was also a judge for the championship round and yep, it fell on me to cast the deciding vote. I passed the title on to my successor, 2017 Netroots Nation Pundit Cup Champion Tenaja Jordan. That made three straight years that the Pundit Cup Champ has been a Black woman, and two straight years the finalists had been people of color.
Should be interesting to see how the 2018 Pundit Cup competition shakes out in NOLA August 2-4.
And yes, me dishing out domino lessons during BTAC in Dallas. Can't wait to see my BTAC family in April
One of the last events I participated in for 2017 was a somber one. The vigil that was held at Houston City Hall to honor the 24th victim of anti-trans violence and the fourth in Texas this year in Brandi Seals. There are some issues that cropped up we will be dealing with in 2018
Guess I was little busier than I presumed I had been in 2017. With 2018 being an election year and this being my 20th anniversary year of trans and human rights activism, looks like I'm in for more of the same .