Wednesday, December 12, 2018
All 94 contestants will participate in evening wear, swimsuit and an interview portion in front of judges. The scores they earn during that portion will determine who the 16 semifinalists will be competing on Sunday.
On December 10 the National Costume Show was held. It's a Miss Universe tradition in which all 94 delegates get to choose a national costume that best represents the culture of their nation.
Y'all know I'm rooting for Angela. Here she is repping Spain
If you wish to watch the entire show, have the video here for you pageant junkies.
Monday, December 10, 2018
Now I know why she went from the Left Coast to NYC. .
It was announced today that Willis would become an executive editor with OUT magazine and in the process, become the first trans person in that role in the 25 year history of that publication.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this team and be a part of this new crew of queer and trans people who wanna shake things up, and bring in more color along with new perspectives,” she said in an interview with ESSENCE magazine.
Willis is still getting acclimated to her new position and what she wants to do to elevate the voices of trans people on OUT's pages, but I am looking forward to seeing what happens at the magazine.
Congrats Raquel one making history, and I wish you nothing but success in your new position.
It's BS, so four Kansas trans residents filed a federal lawsuit on October 15 to change that unjust policy. I was happy to discover but not surprised to find out that two of the four people suing are my Kansas based BTAC fam in Luc Bensimon and Nyla Foster
The lawsuit argues that the Kansas policy violates the due process and equal protection clauses of the Constitution. It's also arguing that the policy violates the plaintiff's free speech rights.
The other plaintiffs in the suit are a transperson person identified as C.K., Jessica Hicklin, and the Kansas Statewide Education project (K-STEP)
The defendants are Jeff Anderson, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment; Elizabeth W. Saadi, the Kansas state registrar; and Kay Haug, director of the state’s vital statistics office, a unit of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
Bensimon said the state's unjust policy made it easier for people to discriminate against him, “on top of the discrimination I already confront based on my disability.”
“I’m here to seek justice,” said Nyla Foster, a transgender woman and one of the plaintiffs. “My birth certificate does not reflect the gender I identify as, and I’m here to correct it so I can move forward with my life.”|
At a press conference in front of the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas, Lambda legal attorney Omar Gonzalez-Pagan explained why it was challenging the state's transphobic documentation stance.
"A birth certificate is more than a piece of paper.It's the quintessential identity document that follows a person from birth to death. It must reflect a person's identity."
Gonzales-Pagan also pointed out that birth certificates can determine access to education, employment, healthcare, travel and impact the ability to obtain other identity documents.
Good luck to you in overturning this unjust policy. Thanks Lambda Legal for having our backs again.
Saturday, December 08, 2018
We go to Detroit for our latest 2018 trans murder in the person of 35 year old Keanna Mattel.
Detroit Police unfortunately found her lying dead in street from a gunshot wound on E. McNichols between Brush and Omira streets just before 6 AM EST. A 46 year old male was arrested by DPD in connection with the shooting, which is still under investigation.
Keanna was active in the Detroit ball community, and was a beloved member of the House of Ebony.
Ironically just three years ago she had been interviewed and quoted in The Guardian in the wake of another Detroit trans sister who had been murdered named Amber Monroe. .
The way we clean up our community is not to just throw people in jail. It’s to offer help, resources, jobs … helping girls get their GED.”
Mattel is the 24th trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence this year. She is also the 18th Black trans person we have lost to anti-trans violence (17 female, 1 male). She's also the 10th person under age 40 we have lost.
Her Black trans life mattered. When are Black trans lives going to matter to the rest of Black America?
As of yet, no word on a memorial service, but will pass that info along when I receive it.
Rest in power and peace, Keanna. We won't rest until you receive justice, and all of our Black trans lives matter.
Friday, December 07, 2018
But tomorrow night, 33 year old Pat Manuel will step into a ring in Indio, CA and make history.
"We keep being told that to be a high level successful athlete, you have to be born in a man's body." says Cyd Zeigler of Outsports. "and that anyone born in a man's body has an automatic advantage over anyone born in a female body. People like Pat are showing that transgender men can compete at the highest levels against cisgender men."
"It is not just powerful for the trans community, but it really should open our eyes to the foolishness of the stereotypes we've always had about gender in sports." Zeigler continues.
He's correct about that point. It isn't his job to think about the historic trailblazing nature of this bout. Thinking and talking about the history of this event is my job.
He'll become the first out trans masculine person to box professionally when he takes on Mexico's Hugo Aguilar tomorrow night. Manuel has already fought an amateur bout as a trans masculine person back in 2016, which he won by decision in three rounds.
It'll be interesting to see what happens in his first professional bout.
I hope that debut as a professional boxer is a successful one.
2,355 Americans lost their lives in the attack and another 1,145 people were wounded. 18 ships, including five battleships were lost on a day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt described as 'a date that will live in infamy.
It was also a day that changed the course of American history
Today is also Friday, and you TransGriot readers know what that means. Once again I get to call out people who have committed war on facts and reason, have said some off the charts idiocy, and it's time to drop the truth bomb on them.
Honorable mentions were Agent Orange (AKA Donald Trump), Laura Ingraham, PETA and Kevin Hart
This week's fool is E.W. Jackson.
aimed at incoming congress members Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) who also happen to be Muslim.
Jackson stated that 'Muslims will turn Congress into an institution of Sharia law' and threw in the US is being turned 'into a Islamic republic' dig just for good measure.
Rep-elect Omar clapped back yesterday by reminding Jackson that the floor of Congress will look more like America.
In the upcoming 116th Congress, 120 women will be part of it. 110 people of color were also elected. Diversity is America's strength, not a weakness as you faith based conservafools have your vanillacentric privileged sheep believing .
Pastor Jackson, the only people I see trying to force religious based laws on the American people are you Talabaptists
E.W. Jackson, shut up fool
transphobic conservahaters. And yeah, we know through your trans hate speech that you're definitely nervous about the prospect of Ponce actually being crowned Miss Universe.
They recognize the importance of Ponce competing as the first out trans contestant in what is considered the world's most prestigious beauty pageant The conservafools in Canada and the US are throwing every lie and falsehood about trans people out there they can in their media outlets and hoping it sticks in the larger media universe.
she made those transphobic comments.
Hey, if that's true, she's better than me in this situation. Knowing how shady pageants can get, I wouldn't trust home girl, much less want to be in the same room with somebody who publicly made disparaging remarks about me.
"More than a message to him, it would be a win for human rights. Trans women have been persecuted and erased for so long. If they give me the crown, it would show trans women are just as much women as cis women."
She also said in that TIME interview,"I’m showing that trans women can be whatever they want to be: a teacher, a mother, a doctor, a politician and even Miss Universe."
No matter what happens, she will always be in the history books as the first out Miss Universe trans contestant, and probably won't be the last.
Ponce competing in Miss Universe has generated excitement not only in our international trans community, but pageant buzz that will probably translate into higher ratings for the live broadcast from Bangkok on December 16.
And yes, I'm hoping she wins for another reason. Lauren Foster was outed by a jealous cis model when Foster was poised to compete in the Miss Universe South Africa pageant back in the 80's.
How delicious would it be if the current Miss Universe Demi- Leigh Nel-Peters, who is from South Africa, crowned Angela Ponce as her successor?
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Will the get number 10 in a row? Keep reading. But y'all got to score more TD's.
Now if the Patriots would lose one more game so we can get the number two seed and home field for another playoff round. They have a tendency to lose to the Dolphins on humid days in Miami, but it's December.
Defending champion Mr Watts and I tied for Week 13 because he just committed the error that cost me a threepeat title last year. He forgot to pick a winner in the Seahawks-49ers game, and under our contest rules any game not picked before its kickoff is an automatic loss.
We'll see in a few weeks if that costs him in Week 17.
It's Week 14. 16 more contests, and with teams jockeying for playoff seeding and just to get in the playoffs, anything can happen.
Then again, I made that same mistake Mike made TWICE last year.
Week 13 Results 2018 NFL Season Results
TransGriot 10-6 TransGriot
Mike 10-6 Mike
Thursday Night Game
TITANS over Jaguars
Sunday Early Games
TEXANS over Colts
Panthers over BROWNS
CHIEFS over Ravens
Patriots over DOLPHINS
Giants over WASHINGTON
Saints over BUCCANEERS
Falcons over PACKERS
BILLS over Jets
Sunday Afternoon Games
CHARGERS over Bengals
Broncos over 49ERS
COWBOYS over Eagles
Steelers over RAIDERS
Sunday Night Game
Rams over BEARS
Monday Night Game
Seahawks over VIKINGS
Monday, December 03, 2018
Yesterday we go to say goodbye to Ray at his memorial funeral service on the steps of Houston City Hall
He helped organize the massive 1978 march against Anita Bryant. The Town Hall meeting at the AstroArena that led to the organization of the Houston TBLGQ community. Was a supporter and thorn in the sde at times of the Caucus.
Hill was also the subject of two documentaries, with the most recent one entitled, The Trouble With Ray.
Of course I knew Ray, and bumped into him from time to time at our various community events. I loved talking to him because it's not every day you get to talk to a historical community icon
The one thing I loved about him and I've also emulated in my own advocacy work is that he didn't just work on gay issues. He was a prison reform advocate. He supported the trans community and the First Amendment.
And we're going to miss him.