Friday, January 31, 2020

Shut Up Fool Awards -11th Anniversary Edition

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On January 30, 2009, I started what is probably the most popular feature on my blog in the TransGriot Shut Up Fool weekly awards.

Ever since I bestowed FOX Noise's Juan Williams with my first ever Shut Up Fool Award, I've been calling them out for the last now 11 years.

The weekly awards morphed into a Shut Up Fool of the Year award I reveal on New Year's Eve,  and a Shut Up Fool Lifetime Achievement Awards I do on Oscars night.

Eleven years later, still doing the Shut Up Fool Awards because frankly, there is a never ending list of fools to call out, and it's gotten worse since Orange Foolius started desecrating the White House.

And on these electronic pages, we don't pity fools, we expose them and call them out

Let see who won this week's Shut Up Fool Award shall we?

This week's 11th Anniversary Fool is none other than MSNBC anchor Alison Morris.

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She locked up this week's SUF Award by opening her mouth during Sunday's reporting of the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and 7 other people in a helicopter crash by clearly saying the n-word,
then trying to lie and gaslight us in to believing she didn't say what we clearly heard Broadcast Becky say.

Here's the receipts.

Naw boo boo kitty, you said it.   Obviously you are very comfortable saying that word, otherwise it wouldn't have slid out of your pretty little mouth so easily on air.   And what even more irritating about this episode is the rush of white run media, including Snopes, to try to gaslight or minimize it.

Nope, we heard it.   So stop trying to gaslight America , apologize, and move on. 

But before you do, Alison Morris, Shut Up Fool!

Monday, January 27, 2020

ESSENCE Honors Black Trans Women In Hollywood

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One of the big three iconic magazines in the Black community is ESSENCE.   It has been chronicling the stories of Black women since its 1970 founding. 

I'm gratified to see that after a problematic history with trans women, that ESSENCE featuring more Black trans women in their stories and coverage to the point I'm seriously considering restarting my subscription to the magazine.

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In the January 2020 issue discussing Black Women in Hollywood, I was pleased and proud to see my trans sisters and trans sibling in the article celebrating  Black Women in Hollywood..

The women of POSE are not only #BlackTGirlMagic personified, they are doing groundbreaking work on this FX show.   I just hope that all their hard work starts getting reflected in them finally starting to get nominated for and actually making more history by taking home some awards

It's also my wish for them that in addition to receiving awards they deserve to be nominated for, that other movie, Broadway and television roles start flowing from their time on this show as they already have started to happen for Angelica Ross and MJ Rodriguez .

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And can't forget the groundbreaking work that Janet Mock is doing behind the POSE camera lenses as a writer, director and producer.  I'm also looking forward to seeing what happens in Season 3 of POSE later this summer. 

You may wish to head to your local newsstand and grab this latest issue of ESSENCE before it's gone. 

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Who Will Be In The 2020 SUF Lifetime Achievement Awards Class?

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Once again since the Oscars have regressed into #OscarsSoWhite territory again, just a little reminder that I'll be announcing the 2020 SUF Lifetime Achievement Awards class of (dis)honorees on February 9

Ever since the 2010 Oscars I've been naming peeps for the SUF Lifetime Achievement Awards.   The intent was when I started them to retire them from weekly SUF award consideration, but so many of them kept saying stupid crap out of their mouths that I dropped that idea. 

Rush Limbaugh was our inaugural winner in 2010     But since 2011 was the 5th anniversary year for TransGriot and we had a plethora of fools to select, I started selecting five every year, bumping that up to ten when TransGriot passed its tenth anniversary year in 2016.

The Class of 2011 

Sarah Palin
Glenn Beck
Bill O'Reilly
Ann Coulter

Michele Bachmann 

The Class of 2012  was the first one in which I gave out a group award.

A group award for the Gendertrender radfem trans hate blog
Michelle Malkin
Dan Savage
Michael Savage
Chuck Knipp (AKA Shirley Q Liquor)

The Class of 2013 

Mitt Romney
Sen John McCain (R-AZ)
Sen Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Supreme Court (in)Justice Clarence Thomas

The Class of 2014

Cathy Brennan

A group award for the TERFs
Bryan Fischer
Sen Rand Paul (R-KY)
Ted Nugent

The Class of 2015

Dinesh D'Souza
Rudy Giuliani
Phyllis Schafly
Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)
Pastor James David Manning

The Class of 2016

Supreme Court (In)justice Antonin Scalia
Steven Hotze
Dave Wilson
Germaine Greer
Sean Hannity

The Log Cabin Republicans

Pat Robertson
Rep. Steve King (R-IA)
RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Ben Carson

The Class of 2017

Donald Trump
Jeffrey Lord
Carl Paladino
a group award for the Bernie or Busters

Milo Yiannopoulos

Texas Lt Governor Dan Patrick
Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-NC)  

Jill Stein
Richard Spencer 

The Class of 2018 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders 
Jeff Sessions
TX state Senator Lois Kolkhorst
Maine Gov Paul LePage
Alex Jones

Steve Doocy
Tomi Lahren
Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX )
TX State Rep. Jonathan Stickland
Diamond and Silk

The Class of 2019

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Susan Collins
Jonathan Saenz
Paul McHugh

Megyn Kelly
Jerry Jones

Ainsley Earhardt
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) 

These are the folks who have won the TransGriot SUF Lifetime Achievement Award since they started in 2010.   Who will join them on February 9? 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Shut Up Fool Awards- Post MLK Day 2020 Edition

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Another MLK Day has come and gone, and now the GOP can stop pretending they care about racial justice and equality and go right back to being the racist azzholes they and their MAGA hat wearing supporters are.

And yeah, because they were pretending, sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, you can wager you paychecks that they opened their mouths on this latest edition of our federal holiday honoring Dr King they opposed and let stupid crap fly out of it.

And yeah, I gots to call them out on it.

Honorable mention for this week's SUF honors goes to Cruella Betsy DeVos, who said that people who support abortion are like the folks who were pro slavery before the Civil War.

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Really fool?  You had that expensive private school 'edjumacation and that toro poo poo came out of your mouth? 

It's a ongoing joke and an embarrassment to the United States that you are the Secretary of Education.

This week's winner is Kellyanne Conway.

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The White House Crypt Keeper opened up her mouth on King Day and also let something stupid fly out of it.

She said that the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr if he were alive, would be against the Trump impeachment trial.   It was a comment that the Rev Bernice King, Dr King's youngest daughter, quickly went to Twitter and checked Madame Alternative Facts on.

Until a person commits to better understanding and then better understands my father’s teachings and methodologies, I REALLY wish they’d keep his name, and incorrect analysis, out of their conversations about current issues. #MLKDay

Is is November 3 yet?

All together peeps, Kellyanne Conway, shut up fool!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Janet Mock To Receive 2020 GLAAD LGBTQ Advocacy Award

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The last time I had the opportunity to talk to Janet Mock face to face was back in August 2016 when we were at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York.   We were less than 24 hours from becoming  the first out Black trans folks to hit their historic Amphitheater Stage to talk about trans issues and the current events of the time period.

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Since then, she's been a little busy.  Her first book in 2014, Redefining Realness, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list    She released a second book in 2017 entitled Surpassing Certainty that focused on the years in her life that she was not out as trans.

Y'all may have heard about a hit TV show she writes, directs and produces called POSE on FX.

Janet Mock has been making history ever since I had the pleasure of meeting her when I was in New York in 2012 for a GLAAD POC media training. 

Some of the things Janet Mock has been recognized for have been TIME naming her to its 100 Most Influential People list, The Hollywood Reporter naming her one of its 2019 “Women in Entertainment Power 100,” Ebony naming her to the Ebony 100 list, Vanity Fair named her on its “New Establishment” list, while the PEN Center USA honored her with an Award of Honor during the 2017 Literary Awards.,

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In Hollywood, Mock has continued to blaze trails.  She became the first trans woman of color to write and direct a television episode when the 'Love Is The Message' episode was broadcast during POSE's first season.

She also became the first Black trans person to sign a deal with a major movie studio when she inked a multiyear deal with Netflix.

I am exceedingly happy to find out that when the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards happens, she will be honored with an LGBTQ Advocacy Award! 

Janet is Black Trans excellence personified, and I'm proud to call her a friend in addition to watching her make moves and still do some amazing things.

And yeah, I'm a huge fan of POSE and can't wait until its third season happens. 

She's Baack! Diamond Stylz's YouTube Channel Restored

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Hopefully YouTube will reverse this unjust action and reinstate her video blog that she put a decade of work into building.-TransGriot,  July 1, 2018

It took YouTube way too long to reverse the unjust 2018 shutdown of Diamond Stylz's YouTube video blog, but it's back along with all the content that she had been uploading yo her YouTube channel since 2007

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Diamond also started the Marsha's Plate podcast with her cohosts Mia Mix and Zahir that has broadcast over 100 episodes (My Marsha's Plate interview is Episode 71 BTW)

She was also recently tapped to become the interim executive director of Black Transwomen. Inc

Just like TransGriot has been vitally important in chronicling Black trans history and the events of the last 14 years, Diamond served the same role in the YouTube video blogging world, and I was highly pissed off when her blog was unjustly taken down with zero warning.

I'm glad it's back up because Diamond is one of the treasures of our Black trans family in terms of her leadership skills, intellect and wit.  You haven't lived until you have been on a four hour car ride with her and Dee Dee Watters to Dallas and back while discussing every topic under the sun.

She is also a trans trailblazer.   She won a 1999 Indiana federal trans discrimination case that set the precedent that allows trans students to wear prom attire matching their true selves, and being the first out trans student at Jackson State University, graduating with a psychology degree in 2004.

And I for one am glad she's living here in Houston.

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Will there be new episodes of the YouTube blog?   I sure hope so, because her voice is an important one to hear inside and outside our community.   But until those new episodes do happen, I'm going back and binge watching some of my fave episodes of her You Tube channel in addition to my weekly appointment listening to Marsha's Plate

You may also wish to do the same for Marsha's Plate too and drop some change in appreciation of her work.

Monday, January 20, 2020

My Post CC20 Musings

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I'm back on my end of I-45 after an amazing few days in Dallas for Creating Change 2020.

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In addition to bringing something back to Houston with me to put on my trophy shelf called the Susan J Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement,  I brought something else back with me.

The knowledge that we're gonna be alright as a movement because of all our wonderful younglings.

The younglings are not only pushing us elders and yelders to be better, they are also doing the same with their youthful energy to society and our movement as a whole. 

They also get the benefit of being part of the intergenerational conversations that happen in the CC20 space

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As with any Creating Change, while I always enjoy getting to spend quality time with my cohort of trans activists marveling how far we've come since our days when we were the new kids on the activist block, I get my life and enjoyment from talking to and actively listening to the younger generation.

And yeah, proud of my Houston activist fam.   We are always busy at these events, whether we are presenting at panels or strategizing about what we're going to do in the coming year to make Houston, Texas and our TBLGQ community better

There are also those wonderful moments when I get to step away from the convention hustle and bustle and jet for a few hours connect with friends who live in the host city.   I was glad that Kyiana Wheeler and I got a chance to make that happen on Wednesday.

One thing I need to do a better job of is checking in with my blood relatives who live in Dallas.  Some of them only knew I was in town when they saw me on the local news doing an interview.

In my defense to my Dallas relatives who are reading this post and sucking their teeth, this is a business trip for me.  A fun one, but at its most basic level it is a business trip.

I tend to get busy with panel discussions, interviews, and all the other stuff that happens at conference events like CC20, and before I know it, the event is over and I'm headed back home.

I enjoyed just getting to at times sit back in the hospitality suites and listen to them talk about what was happening in their lives.  There were times when I was asked to drop some knowledge about what I'd experienced as a 22 year advocate, and time when I just sat back and absorbed it.

TBLGQ intergenerational conversations matter.

There was a moment when Antonia d'Orsay and I were giving a Trans 101 history class to three gender non conforming peeps as they were out in the smoking area. .

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There are the meetings happening on and off the #CC20 campus between ED's of the various organizations in attendance in Dallas plotting the next phases of our human rights movement

There were also moments during CC20 when I was the person having those meetings with leaders of various TBLGQ community orgs

There was me walking around at my sixth Creating Change having the younglings stop me in the hall, take photos, and tell me how much they appreciated my work and the blog.

And I needed to hear that.   One attendee told me about her professor actually assigning TransGriot blog posts as reading material for her Women and Gender Studies class.

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That increased in intensity after I gave the acceptance speech for the Hyde Award, and I'm not mad about that.   Once upon a time (CC99 in Oakland)  I was the wide eyed newbie nervously rubbing elbows with the leadership icons of that period.

Now I have become that icon.   I want peeps to be aware of the fact that if I'm not busy at a conference, I will always have time (or make time) to talk and listen to you. 

It was also nice to get to know the other Black and Latinx trans folks that were able to attend and get to know them better in addition to taking part in that rally Thursday afternoon.

Creating Change 2020 has passed into the TBLGQ community history books.  I salute the Dallas organizing team for putting on a great event while pointing out the Houston #CC14 attendance record is STILL intact.

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Looking forward to the next time I can be at one, either in Washington DC next year or NOLA in 2022.


Friday, January 17, 2020

Shut Up Fool Awards - The Moni's At CC20 Edition

As many of you are already aware of, I'm on the other end of I-45 in Dallas to take part in the latest edition of Creating Change in Dallas.

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While I have been busy getting my learn on, participating in panels and enjoying seeing old friends and meeting new ones, the world keeps on turning and the fools keep on being fools.

So let me get right to this week's fool. 

This week's Shut Up Fool winner is former NY mayor and current Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

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Bloomberg is trying to buy his way into the White House, and his TV commercials here in Texas have already hit the ad nauseum level for me.   

Something else that made me nauseous and earned him this week's award is making the comment that his odious Stop and Frisk policy that NYPD gleefully executed against Black, Latinx and trans New Yorkers was 'to help Blacks'


Sunny Hostin quickly put that azz on blast on The View when she blew up that lie.

And as Hostin noted, he was still vociferously defending that policy last January, but only apologized for it after he jumped into the presidential race and he realized that Black Democrats are big mad about that stop and frisk policy.

All together people.   Michael Bloomberg, Shut Up Fool!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

CC 2020 Susan J Hyde Award Speech

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TransGriot Note:  This is the text of the speech I'm currently delivering at the opening Creating Change 2020 plenary session

To Rea Carey, the Creating Change leadership team, the Dallas CC20 Organizing Committee, Barbara Satin, Creating Change 2020 attendees, my Houston activist family and my trans siblings.

I am beyond thrilled and excited to be honored with this year’s Susan J Hyde Award for Longevity in the Movement.   Even better is the knowledge that I’m receiving it in my home state. The only thing that would have made it more amazing would have been to be receiving it on my end of Interstate 45.

I humbly accept it not only for myself, but for every Black trans person who will never have the opportunity to contribute their talents to our community because they were taken from us far too soon..  

Can we please have a moment of silence for all the trans people we’ve lost to anti-trans violence in 2019?   

Thank you.

I’m not the first Black trans person to receive this award, and you can trust and believe I won’t be the last Black trans person standing up on a future Creating Change stage to pick up one of their own.

Kylar Broadus received this Hyde award during Creating Change 2011 held in Minneapolis.  He’s a trailblazer, community leader and a man I have the utmost respect for. I’m proud to be on this date following in his footsteps and receiving this prestigious award.   

As much as native Houstonians like myself revel in poking fun at the third largest city in the state because it is ingrained in people growing up either here or in Dallas to throw shade at each other and their respective NFL franchises (Go Texans!) , there is no denying the fact that Dallas has been a major part of my life.  My mom grew up here until her junior year of high school and my grandfather was transferred by his Continental Airlines job to Houston.

Every summer, my family and I made the four hour trip up I-45 to Dallas to visit many of my relatives that still live here in the area and span the Metroplex from Garland to DeSoto, and South Dallas to Oak Cliff.   I’ve been coming here since 2013 for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference, and proudly sit on the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition board as a member of Black Transwomen Inc. I’ll be back here to spend my birthday week at BTAC’s 9th annual conference also being held here in Dallas May 5-10. 

And I can’t forget last year, when I made multiple trips to Dallas for everything from a BTAC leadership institute to Muhlaysia Booker’s wake and funeral.

I’ve been a trans activist for over two decades, and 2019 was a milestone year on two levels. It marked 25 years since that April 4,1994 day I walked into Houston’s Intercontinental Airport to begin the work shift at my airline job that would change the course of my life for the better. 

2019 also was the year that I passed the 20th anniversary of my first Texas trans lobby day organized by my late mentor Sarah DePalma, the ED of the Texas Gender Advocacy Information Network or TGAIN.    TGAIN is still around, but is now called the Transgender Education Network of Texas.

It also marked the 20th anniversary of me attending my first Creating Change conference in Oakland.

But to be honest, when I started the transition in 1994, being an activist was the furthest thing from my mind.  My goals then were a little more modest. I wanted to do my 35 years at the airline job I absolutely loved and retire   I wanted to just get comfortable being me and enjoy my life evolving into the fabulous Black trans woman you see on this stage today.

There’s an old saying that if you want to make God laugh, try to plan out your life.

There used to be an organization back in the day called the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) that was around until 2015.   Back in the 90’s they published a quarterly magazine called Transgender Tapestry that I started a subscription to in 1995. 

In 1997 they decided to publish a series of articles highlighting 100 out and proud trans leaders.   The first magazine I received highlighted 25 people, many of them iconic elders in our community like Jamison Green and Phyllis Frye just to name a few. 

But as I read that article, I was left asking the question, “Where are the trans leaders who look like me?”   I know we exist.

I get my next quarterly Tapestry issue, and it finally had two Black people in it.   RuPaul and Dennis Rodman.

Needless to say I was pissed.  RuPaul and Dennis Rodman had made it quite clear they weren’t trans, and worst of all their inclusion was perpetuating a racist stereotype that the only thing Black folks could do was be an entertainer or an athlete.

Never mind the fact that Marisa Richmond in Nashville and Dawn Wilson in Louisville were at that time running trans support groups called the Tennessee Vals and the Bluegrass Belles on opposite ends of I-65.  Marisa and Dawn were also emerging Black trans community leaders that I would later meet at the 1999 Southern Comfort in Marisa’s case and Dawn at the 2000 IFGE Convention in DC.. I’m also proud to call them my friends,

So after seeing that I resolved to not only be at the 1998 GenderPac Lobby Days in Washington DC, I made it my mission to start getting involved in local and national trans activism.

So yeah, a jacked up article in a trans magazine was the impetus for me getting into trans activism, and I never looked back.

When I  came into trans activism in 1998, there was unfortunately a prevailing attitude that adding trans folks to pending legislation for the TBLGQ community would kill it for everybody, so all TBLGQ activism at the local, state and federal level operated on the euphemistically named ‘incremental progress’ model.  

Translation: We trans folks were told by some Big Gay Org this bill won’t pass with you trans folks in it.   Or we were told that ‘trans rights was ‘too new’, so let’s just take what we can get and we’ll come back for you trans folks later.  

A later that never came.   Ask the trans folks in Wisconsin, who have been waiting since 1982 for people to come back for them and add them to their state’s nondiscrimination law.

Sometimes the anti-trans legislative hostility came from our own community    The anti- trans bathroom argument was created not by Republican politicians, but by one of our own in former US Rep Barney Frank in 1999 because he didn’t want trans folks included in ENDA..  

The 1998 landscape also included the trans community being relentlessly attacked by TERFs, evilgelicals  and being laughed at and considered a joke by politicians on both sides of the political aisle

But still we rose.  During my 22 years in this movement, I have been blessed to see changes in how the trans community was perceived, and I'm happy to say that the Task Force played a major role in making that happen.  As the Political Director of the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition, (NTAC) from 1999-2002, one of the first events I attended in that role was a National Transgender Policy meeting facilitated by the Task Force in 2000. 

I got to witness the rise of our trans kids like Jazz Jennings and the Mama and Papa Bears as a political and cultural force for our community    I got to witness politicians stop laughing at the trans community and take our demands for human rights equity seriously

I started a blog in 2006  ‘nobody reads’ called TransGriot that not only just celebrated its 14th birthday on New Year’s Day, but was just honored with its fifth GLAAD Media Award nomination.

I get to watch an amazing TV show called POSE in which the issues that affect the trans community get told as you watch it from coast to coast.   The trans characters are also played by trans women, with trans women being writers and producers of the show. 

I’m also happy to witness trans men not only become better known in Hollywood, but stepping up across the country and the world to take on their leadership roles in the movement.  I’m also proud to see my Dallas based sibs in BTMI under Carter Brown’s leadership role model not only what that leadership looks like from a Black trans masculine perspective, but also be sterling examples of Black men while doing so.

I have gotten to witness people like Virginia Delegate Danica Roem get elected and reelected to their state legislature.   I got to see Black trans people like me in Councilmembers Andrea Jenkins and Phillipe Cunningham be elected to the Minneapolis city council and serve together on that body.

And naw siblings, I didn’t forget about the work that nonbinary and gender non conforming people are doing to drive home the point that gender is on a spectrum, not a rigid binary.

I have also been blessed to witness the beautiful sight of our Texas trans kids living up to our history of being tenacious fighters for trans rights in the Lone Star State and helping lead the charge in 2017 to kill twice the odious SB 6 ‘Bathroom Bill’ in a regular and a special oppression session. 

It’s interesting that Creating Change is back here in Texas at a potential tipping point moment in our politics.   We are now only nine seats away from flipping the Texas House to Democratic control for the first time since 2002   There is the possibility that we may flip this state blue on November 3 and flush John Cornyn out of his US Senate seat he has occupied for way too long at the same time.

We have lesbian and gay office holders across the Lone Star State from judges to city councilmembers to state legislators.  I hope to see in my lifetime a Texas trans person get elected to public office before the decade of the 2020s has passed into the history books.

But much needs to be done here in Texas before we can see that glorious day.  We mush flip our legislature and ensure that fair maps instead of gerrymandered ones are drawn.  We must make sure that every TBLGQ person is counted in the upcoming 2020 Census and registered to vote.   On November 3 we must do everything within our power to ensure that every person who is registered to vote has the opportunity to cast a ballot in a critical to our democracy election.

We must push to ensure that trans Texans are covered not only in our state’s James Byrd Hate Crimes Act, but a statewide nondiscrimination law.

In my Houston hometown, we must convince our female majority city council to pass HERO 2.0, and defend it from attack from the evilgelicals and the Republican Party.

We must kill any proposed bills in Texas and anywhere else in the US that seek to ban the ability of trans kids to get trans medical care before their 18th birthday or criminalize doctors for providing that treatment.

And yes, I have a message for Gov Greg Abbott, Lt Governor Dan Patrick and the Texas Republican Party:  Don’t mess with Texas trans kids.

Don’t mess with our trans kids in the other 49 states and\ US territories either.  
How do we accomplish all that?  That’s why you’re here in the 214 area code for the next few days at CC20.  You are here to not only network with the peeps that can help you accomplish those goals, but learn new skills, and brush up on ones you learned decades ago like I did at my five previous Creating Change events.

You are also here to hopefully make lifelong friends during the time you’re here in Dallas for CC20.

In conclusion, when I transitioned a quarter century ago, I never imagined standing up on stages as my fab self getting honored for the work I do to make my community, the Lone Star State, and our nation better.   I never imagined back in 1994 that I would be appearing on Nightline or MSNBC, or doing print media interviews or podcasts to talk about trans issues.

I didn’t consider the possibility that people would be asking my unapologetically Black trans self to run for public office.  I never thought about the fact that while I don’t have children of my own, I would gain a whole lot of nieces and nephews who chose me to be their Aunt Monica.  

But it’s happening.  I’m seen as a possibility model and an icon to a community that I’m unabashedly proud of.  I’m proud of the next generation Black trans women I see who will make me look like a slacker by the time that I’m done in terms of what they collectively accomplish for our movement .

And to quote our  trans elder Miss Major, “I’m still effing here.”

We’ve got work to do CC20.  Time to go handle our movement business, get our learn on, and get it done for the TBLGQ + kids who look up to all of us.  

And I’m not going to disappoint them.