Wednesday, July 24, 2019
The Tokyo Games will open on this date and close on August 9 in the soon to be completed New National Stadium. Other venues are will be completed in time for the Games
It will also be the middle leg of three consecutive Olympic summer and winter Games being hosted in east Asia that started with the winter Games in Pyeyongchang last year and will conclude with the winter Games in Beijing in 2022.
When the Tokyo Games open there will be a record 33 sports in the 2020 Olympic program. There will be along with the permanent core sports new additions like 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and the Madison cycling race. Baseball and softball will also return to the Olympic sporting program for the first time since 2008.
Four sports, surfing, karate, sport climbing and skateboarding will make their Olympic debut, and as usual, men's and women's soccer will start their respective tournaments before the opening ceremonies at stadiums across Japan.
Will be interesting to see not only who gets the honor of being the final Tokyo 2020 torch bearer, but how they light the cauldron and what it looks like during the opening ceremony..
We'll know the answer to that question in 366 days. Yep, a summer Olympics always takes place during a leap year
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
You may also remember Precious' apperance on the show Say Yes To The Dress in the runup to her and Myles' wedding.
It was a two year journey for them to get to this point. Their initial attempt at IVF failed, and both had to go off their respecttive masculinizing and feminizing hormone regimens in order to give themselves the best possible chnce for parenthood to happen. It did, and now they are on a countdown to their child's December due date.
My intuition about her turned out to be right on target. Sarah went on after completing that White House internship to do some amazing things.
received the Delaware Order of the First State for her efforts to do so from former Gov. Jack Markell.
political convention stage speech when she did so during the 2016 DNC convention in Philadelphia.
And now Sarah McBride is attempting to become a Delaware state senator in 2020.
She recently announced her candidacy for a recently vacated state senate seat, and if she's successful, she will become the first out trans person to ever be elected as a state senator.
But her run will focus on the issues facing her potential constituents, not her trans identity.
"At the end of the day, I'm not running to be a transgender state senator, I'm running to be a senator who serves her community, I'm running to be a senator who fights for affordable health care, I'm running to be a senator who works to expand access to paid leave and reform our broken criminal justice system," McBride told local radio station WDEL. "Those will be my priorities."
She's running for the Delaware 1st District seat formerly held by Harris McDowell (D-Wilmington North) He was Delaware's longest serving state senator, having been first elected to the chamber in 1976.
McDowell announced his retirement on June 30, the last day of the 2019 legislative session, and capping a 44 year career.
I'm already enthusiastically giving her a 2020 TransGriot endorsement for this position. I'm also hoping this happens for her, her potential constituents and our community.
And yeah, it goes without saying that it would be nice for y'all to drop some cash toward her election campaign.
Good luck Sarah, and hope you make more history in that 2020 election cycle.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
So what's WorldPride? It's an international Pride event sponsored by InterPride, the international organization that represents and is composed of producer organizations of TBLGQ community pride events from around the globe.
WorldPride is generally a month long and is comprised of parades, panel discussions, parties and other events that celebrate the TBLGQ community.
It was the first time that WorldPride was ever held in the US, and New York successfully handled their business, drawing over 5 million attendees for it.
The EuroGames will also be held in the two cities during WorldPride.
put together a bid to host the 2023 WorldPride event. We have the fourth largest pride event in the United States (after New York, LA and Chicago), are the fourth largest city in the US (at least until we leapfrog Chicago to become the third largest after the 2020 census) and the only one that has a nighttime parade.
Houston will be competing to get the WorldPride bid against Sydney, Australia and Montreal, Canada. Pride Houston will have a 30 minute presentation to make at the InterPride annual meeting being held in Athens, Greece this October in order to secure it.
"We're Houston, where everything is bigger and better. Our main thing when it comes to this bid, is that even though we're a small town in the south of the U.S., you can see the world when you come to Houston," Roberts said in an ABC13 interview .
The theme for our Houston WorldPride 2023 bid is "Come to Houston, See the World, Feel Your Pride." We are considered one of the most diverse cities in the United States, and only New York has more international consulates than we do.
"We're trying to win this thing because we see so much in Houston as a Pride organization and within our community, that we just want to share with the rest of the world," Roberts said.
If we get WorldPride 2023, it would also be happening during the 45th anniversary of Pride Houston's formation and the 20th anniversary of the Lawrence v Texas SCOTUS case that declared sodomy laws unconstitutional in Texas and a dozen US states. .
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Thanks to Marcus Yasir Ross and Taliyah Cassadine Smith for alerting me to this latest death.
North Charleston PD officers responded to a 4:05 AM EDT call of a body lying on the side of the road at 2721 Carner Avenue. They arrived at the scene to find 29 year old Denali Berries Stuckey dead from a gunshot wound
And as you probably guessed. local media misgendered her in their reporting.
North Charleston PD is still investigating the crime. As of this writing NCPD has no suspects or persons of interest in the case. If you have any information that will lead to an arrest and conviction, please call NCPD Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111 or the NCPD Tip line at 843-607-2076.
As of yet no word about whether there will be a vigil or memorial service for our trans sibling. If one is organized, I will pass that info along as soon as I receive it.
Rest in power and peace, Denali. Hoping that the person who killed you is swiftly caught and punished to the full extent of the law.
In a time in which we have a presidential misadministration that is openly hostile to trans people and gleefully being egged on by evilgelicals to be as cruel as possible to our community , this billboard is a timely reminder of our humanity
I also find it interesting this billboard popped us just as the NAACP convention has arrived in town. It's my hope and prayer that some of the expected 10,000 delegates to the NAACP convention not only see this billboard, but ponder the fact that our community's oldest civil rights organization has been way too silent on the violence being aimed at Black trans people.
Trans people are indeed sacred. Our trans kids are even more sacred to us. It's past time you treat us that way.
But to echo what my Texas homegirl Anna Nguyen said when I posted this pic on my Facebook page, I'd just be happy with trans people just being considered human.
And we need that to happen like yesterday
Friday, July 19, 2019
This time instead of having it in NOLA, we're having it in our headquarters city of Dallas. Last year's event in New Orleans helped us tremendously in not only building a solid foundation for us to kick off our 2018-2019 programming year, it also had the benefits of allowing us to get to know each other better
Today at the Wyndham Dallas Suites starts our two days of training to level up, and I'm looking forward to it.
Also looking forward to seeing and spending quality time this weekend with my BTAC family
Some of y'all were too caught up in your 'Bernie lost' fee fees to get over it and see the big political picture that I and many Black voters saw as November 8 loomed.
It was about the SCOTUS and the federal court system, stupid
Black people have known for decades that Trump was a racist, and after his unwarranted attacks on four POC US congresswomen, some of y'all are finally shaking off the willful ignorance along with the media to call his racist azz out.
Since you are enabling and unquestioningly defending his azz, that makes all you MAGA hat wearing white peeps and the 53% of white women who voted for Trump racists as well.
And before you go there, don't even part your conservalips to illogically call me 'racist' for calling out the racism I undeniably see.
You don't like Moni saying that unpleasant truth about you? Too damned bad. You voted for and still support a man that David Duke endorsed. With every passing day of this incompetent mispresidency he makes it clear he hates Black and non white people.
And y'all are eating up the oppression, hate speech and cruelty he aims at us. Some of you are even engaging in it.
Spare me the whitesplaining about how saying 'go back to you country' is not racist because it is.
To me, the most disgusting Trump supporters are ones who are in the trans and SGL community. That's a rant for another time.
I love my country when it comes closer to living up to its democratic principles and I see people who look like me participating in governing it. I want it to be better and always striving to evolving to be a more perfect union.
Trump is undeniably a racist. Disagreeing with him doesn't make me un American. It makes me a patriot.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Is her record perfect? Nope. Neither are the other 20 people running for the Democratic nomination either,
One of Harris' constituents, Viktor Kerney wrote this on his Facebook page explaining why he enthusiastically supports her 2020 candidacy for president.
So, someone asked me why I ride hard for Kamala Harris, especially since was a prosecutor. Well, I don’t see being a prosecutor a bad thing. I think people have to realize that a prosecutor is not a simple job, like working at Target. It takes someone who can make tough decisions and look at things through a critical lens. But here are my reasons...
Kamala has fought for people of color during her time as DA and AG in California. She’s worked on initiatives to get people back on track after being incarcerated, making sure the children had a proper education and opportunities to succeed. Yes, the truancy policy was not ideal, but with the research about children missing school and later becoming incarcerated, she had to do something.
Kamala is comfortable making tough decisions. I want a president who can make these decisions with proper caution.
Kamala’s policies for America helps middle-class workers as well as Black people. I’ve seen people say what is her Black agenda. It is my believe that the Black agenda is healthcare, jobs, education, shortening the pay gap and the ability to have home security.
She has a strong list of successful receipts through her time in office and a high approval from President Obama himself.
Kamala has fought the big banks, predators, corporations in the world to make life easier for her constituents.
She understands hard work and does not shy away from big tasks.
She understood that being a prosecutor will bring negative views about who she is. However she used her experience to improve criminal reform.
While there are many rumors about her record, the facts state that she has been successful. I encourage people to read her records from California.gov versus some blog post from these descendant of slaves (ADOS) or her rivals’ fan base.
She has taken on men like Trump and not afraid to call them out and hold them accountable. That’s what I want in president and I think she can do it.
She's an attorney and former head of the Houston GLBT Caucus. She was also the first Black woman to head the Caucus. ,
Fran has run for the Texas state senate, is one of only three Black women to be elected as a Houston Pride grand marshal, and volunteers her time to many worthy causes and organizations in the Houston area.
Earlier today the Houston City Council unanimously voted to approve Fran's nomination for a two year term as a municipal judge.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
That wasn't the end of Venus' time in London. She decided to play mixed doubles with fellow American Frances Tlafoe while Serena an Andy Murray of Great Britain played together.
Venus and Tlafoe made it to the second round of the mixed doubles tourney while Serena and Murray lasted until the third round,
11th seeded Serena had no problems with the qualifier she faced in Italy's Giulia Gatto-Monticone, dispacting her in straight sets 6-2,7-5. That sent her into a second round match with another qualifier in Slovenia's Kaja Juvan
Her third round opponent was Germany's Julia Gorges. Williams rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 straight set win over the 18th seeded Gorges to set up her fourth round match with Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.
Williams handled her tennis business and sent the 30th seeded Suarez Navarro packing after a 6-2, 6-2 straight set win to punch her ticket to the quarterfinals
After Serena won the first set of this quarterfinal, Alison Riske flipped the tennis script and forced a winner take all third set. Little Sis would not be denied, and took this match 6-4, 4-6, 6-3,
Serana faced Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in the semis, and wasted no time pinning a 6-1 6-2 straight set 59 minute tennis beatdown on Strycova to punch her ticket to her 11th Wimbledon finals appearance.
If Serena wins on Saturday, she will capture not only her eighth Wimbledon title, but will tie that unrepentant homophobe Margaret Court with her 24th Grand Slam title win.
Good luck Serena! Handle your tennis business
Tuesday, July 09, 2019
I'm headed back to Philadelphia for the first time since Creating Change 2017 to check out the 2019 edition of Netroots Nation. If my flight left on time at 11:00 AM CDT the Air Marshal is already winging her way to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.
Even better, I'm doing so on a nonstop flight.
The reason I'm leaving H-town today is because I'm participating in the Netroots Connect LGBTQ Pre-Conference event that's happening tomorrow starting at 8 AM EDT.
That 2012 one was held in Providence, RI and I was there to participate in the first ever all-trans panel on the subject of trans bloggers doing so for social justice and trans visibility.
It would be 2016 before I got to attend another one in St Louis, MO and start my streak of consecutive Netroots Nation events. It was also memorable for me because I walked away from it as the 2016 Netroots Nation Pundit Cup champion
Netroots is also one in which I get to hang out with and see many of my peeps who are involved in progressive politics at the local, state and national level and meet new ones..
Sadly, it closed in 2017 and was demolished for a new hotel.
On that note, I'm so ready to see what transpires at this year's edition of Netroots Nation Since the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination has begun, there will be a presidential forum during this year's event that will take place on Saturday from 3-6 PM
Also looking forward to spending some quality time with my Philly trans fam when I'm not at the convention center.
Here's I come again Philly! Break out the cheesesteaks.
Hopefully after this year's season, she'll get some Emmy Award consideration and maybe even snatch a trophy this time.
But one of the revelations about Rodriguez is that girlfriend can 'sang'. The 'Love Is The Message' episode in which she and Tony award winner Billy Porter, who plays Pray Tell, sang the song 'Home' from The Wiz in a room full of AIDS patients had me shedding tears by the time it was over.
Here they are again with Our Lady J at piano singing it again at the Trevor Foundation's TrevorLive event in Los Angeles back in December 2018.
Monday, July 08, 2019
I constantly say in any interview I do that the trans rights work I'm getting recognized for is about the kids behind me and leaving a better world for them.
This video short illustrates that better world I and other trans advocates are working to make a reality. This video is about a teen trans girl who has a father in the military and transitions while he is deployed.
You'll have to watch it and see what happens when he finds out his child has transitioned while he's away.
Sunday, July 07, 2019
The Netherlands was riding the hot goalkeeping of eventual Golden Glove winner Sari van Veenendaal, who kept the USA scoreless until Alex Morgan drew a penalty in the 61 minute that led to Megan Rapinoe's sixth goal of the tournament. That snapped van Veennedaal's scoreless streak at 314 minutes, and seven minutes later Rose Lavelle sent a scorching shot from 18 yards out past van Veenendaal to make it 2-0 and start the party in Lyon for te American fans there and back in the USA.
Take that Donald Trump!
The Netherlands along with England and Sweden did walk away from this tournament knowing that they have qualified for the 2020 Olympics.. Sweden also won the Third Place game 2-1 against England.
But all hail the queens of the FIFA soccer pitch. Will they threepeat in 2023? We'll have to wait to find out the answer to this question.
Thursday, July 04, 2019
One of my favorite Frederick Douglass speeches is one he gave on July 5, 1852, entitled The Meaning of July 4 for the Negro. That speech pointed out the glaring hypocrisy of America celebrating Independence Day while enslaving millions of African-descended people. Since the 4th is upon us, I decided to write this column in the style of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech, but apply it to what is happening with black trans Americans here in Texas and elsewhere in this country.