Monday, October 05, 2015

SBC Trans Hatefest Stats In Louisville Today

In a few hours the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will host a hatefest conference in which they will arrogantly spend three days in trans-free rooms coming up with new ways to spin scripture to attack the trans community.

Can't say I didn't see this coming.  When they lost on marriage, they were going to have to come up with a new enemy to attack and organize their faith based minions around, and it is now us.

The Southern Baptist denomination at their June 2014 conference in Baltimore voted to hate on trans people and to officially put themselves on the wrong side of the trans human rights movement just as they did over a century and a half ago on slavery and Jim Crow segregation.   

They can meet if they wish, but the bottom line is and will always be that we trans people and our allies will not allow ANY religious denomination to attempt to turn the non-debatable existence of trans people into a theological issue.

And we damned sure are resisting it with every fiber of our beings.

Hope Louisville is planning a special welcome for you and the rest of Satan's Helpers.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Nikki's Interesting DC Weekend

Nikki Araguz Loyd is the other H-town based trans woman who has flown more air miles than the Air Marshal this year,.   This time she and her hubby Will caught a flight to Washington DC for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation memorial service in which her late husband Capt. Thomas Araguz III was being honored.

And this time she would be presented a flag in his honor by President Obama himself.

This is the 34th anniversary edition of the NFFF memorial event, and it is a weekend long one in which firefighters who died in the line of duty the previous year across the US are recognized.   This year 87 fallen firefighters were recognized, and one of the three from Texas recognized this year was Capt. Araguz.

It was also an emotional one for Nikki as well

Nikki, as his widow, would not only be recognized as such, but would be receiving the congressional flag flown over the US Capitol building in his honor  

And getting to meet the best president ever on trans issues on top of that is a bonus.

It has been a tough, nearly six year legal battle to have her marriage to Thomas recognized, and that day thanks to he Oberkfell SCOTUS ruling may be very close at hand. 

The SCOTX is poised to send her case back down to the appellate and district court level for the vindication that she has fought so long for. and in the process eviscerate the odious Littleton v Prange case create a legal precedent that affirmatively recognizes a Texas trans person's ability to get legally married.

Being A TBLG Christian Is Not An Oxymoron

One of the things I get sick of seeing and hearing is self described atheists taking every opportunity to say hateful and negative stuff about Christianity while they demand that you 'respect their belief systems'.

The hatred in LG World ramped up with the soon discredited news that Kim Davis, their fave person to have Two Minute Hates on, was allegedly given a private audience with Pope Francis during his recent visit to the United States.

Yeah, I and other BTLG Christians get it that many of you have a deep seated hatred of Christianity because of the bible beltings you have been subjected to by right wing fundie Pharisees and Sagicees and GOP politicians hiding behind the bible and the cross. 
But you need to take that up with the people dishing them out, not beat up on your fellow GLBT peeps who happen to be Christians or our liberal progressive Christian allies. 

May I remind you that many of us LGBT Christians take our faith journey seriously and in many cases are motivated to be better people because of our faith.   Many of us have leaned on our faith to help us get through trying times during our transitions and journeys of self awareness.  

As I have said a few times, if you wish for me as a Christian to respect your decision to be an atheist or follow whatever spiritual beliefs you are comfortable with, then the same reciprocal respect is required of you for LGBT folks like myself who have deeply held religious beliefs and who believe that being part of the LGBT community and a person of faith are NOT mutually exclusive.

Being a TBLG Christian is not an oxymoron.  Respect that.

Saturday, October 03, 2015

SCC 2015 In New Locale

For the first time since its founding 25 years ago, a Southern Comfort Conference will not be taking place in the Atlanta metro area or the state of Georgia.

For the next three years it will be held in Fort Lauderdale, FL.   This edition of SCC kicked off September 29 and will conclude its first year in the Sunshine State on October 5.

Wasn't planning on going since my 35th high school reunion was falling this weekend, and the last time i even attended SCC was when it was in easy driving range of Louisville back in 2004.

At any rate, for those who are planning on going or are already in south Florida, hope you  meet some new and lifelong friends, network and most importantly, have fun.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Shut Up Fool Awards- First Friday In October Edition

Another calendar page flips to October as 2015 rapidly comes to a close.  We are only 12 weeks from the start of 2016 and the end of this year.   So whatever you want to do in this last quarter of 2015, make it happen.

Speaking of making things happen, the 10th anniversary of the founding of TransGriot will be coming on January 1, so I need to figure out how I wish to celebrate that in the next few weeks.

One thing I'm thinking about is taking statements from you TransGriot readers expressing your thoughts in terms of how this blog has affected your lifesince its 2006 start.  I've heard from at least 5 people so far that have told me that reading some of the nearly 10K posts kept them from committing suicide.   Three more have told me that some posts inspired them to gt involved in activism, and countless others have told me while I'm out and about in the world that they love certain features like the Shut Up Fool Awards.

So let's get busy calling this week's fool, fools or group of fools out, shall we?

Honorable mention number one goes to every GL person STILL hating on Kim Davis, You already won big on marriage, so stop tripping about some two bit three block clerk when the big issue now is getting NATIONAL human rights coverage for the entire TBLGQ community.

Honorable mention number two is the NRA for their deafening silence concerning another college campus shooting.

Honorable mention number three is Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who admitted what anyone paying attention already knew that the Benghazi committee and the one attacking Planned Parenthood was political theater..

Honorable mention number four is Ben Hall, who continues to pimp the lies and anti-trans attacks at every mayoral forum he gets to attend.

Honorable mention number five is Jeb Bush, who put foot in mouth with that racist 'Blacks want free stuff' line.

We sure do.  We want to `free-ly vote against your Republican azz.  #NoBushPOTUSThreepeat

12049432_10206630197931411_3827805439531991348_nThis week's SUF winner is Friedel Kushman, whose ass couldn't say no to blackface, bragged about it on Facebook and has paid for her stupidity with her job.

And perusing her Facebook page has revealed her to be Rachael Dolezal on steroids.

White people, say no to Blackface.   Our culture is NOT  a costume for you to take on an off.  You white women have been lionized as the penultimate in beauty and fertility for the last four centuries, so why y'all keep hatin' on yourselves?

Friedel Kushman, shut up fool.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

2015 TransGriot NFL Picks-Week 4

I rebounded from stumbling out of the gate to having a fab 13-3 week picking games, but that was only good enough to share weekly honors with the defending champ.

Arrgh.   But at least the Texans won their first game of the season, the Cowboys lost and I'm no longer bringing up the rear in this 2015 NFL prognostication contest.

Let's get right to the Week 4 NFL contests.   We've turned the calendar page to October, and we have only fifteen of 256 regular season games to predict with one being played in London (Jets-Dolphins).

It's also another opportunity to get that elusive perfect week and try to solidify my hold on second place.

Week 3 Results                 2015 Season Record

TransGriot    13-3              TransGriot     30-18
Mike             13-3               Mike            33-15
Eli                 11-5               Eli                 30-18

NFL Week 4 (Home team in CAPS)

Thursday Night
STEELERS over Ravens

Sunday Noon
Jets over DOLPHINS (in London)
BILLS over Giants
Panthers over BUCCANEERS
Raiders over BEARS
BENGALS over Chiefs
FALCONS over Texans
COLTS over Jaguars
Eagles over WASHINGTON

Sunday Afternoon
CHARGERS over Browns
BRONCOS over Vikings
Packers over 49ERS

Sunday Night
Cowboys over SAINTS

Monday Night
SEAHAWKS over Lions

Been Sick..The Update

The last three days I have been less than 100% because I've been ill and was forced to take a few sick days away from the computer to focus on getting better.

And as you peeps who know me are already aware of, when Moni isn't writing, she gets cranky.

But needed to be done.   I had a case of conjunctivitis in my right eye that the first two days caused pain just looking at my computer and tablet screens  I'm also not happy because it has kept me from participating in a few events and will possibly impact me attending my 35 year high school reunion this weekend. 

While I'm starting to feel a little better, I still wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

At any rate..time to get the eye drops again so I can get rid of it..

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Trans Teen Surprised By Mom With Her First Hormones

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For the transphobes who are trying to push the lie that parents supporting their trans kids is 'child abuse', I offer this in emphatic rebuttal of what you're trying to peddle.

Allowing a trans person to be their true selves is life saving and life affirming.

Peep this video of 14 year old trans feminine child Corey being surprised by her mother with her initial dose of hormones  after a 2.5 year wait.


The Fight To Keep HERO- September 30

We are one day closer to the October 5 deadline to register to vote for this upcoming civic election in which unfortunately, our Houston human rights law was forced onto the ballot by partisan GOP politics.

The HERO haters are desperately attempting their fear and smear tactics in their last ditch effort to try to hoodwink and bamboozle people into voting against their own civil rights.

56% of the discrimination complaints received by the Houston office of the Inspector General since the passage of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on May 28, 2014 have been race related with another 17% of the complaints received by the OIG have been based on sex.

And the ongoing discriminatory mess with the Gaslight Club has shown a bright spotlight on why the City of Houston needs a local remedy to deal with local discrimination since the state of Texas does not have a non-discrimination law, federal law does not cover everyone, and filing federal anti-discrimination lawsuits is expensive and time consuming... .  

Rather than wait for Houston Unites to come up with an action plan for discussing HERO, Black Houston activists concerned about th lack of action in our communities have begun to mobilize and do the work necessary to deliver affirmative votes for it from our neighborhoods.

They have started the African Americans For Prop 1 Facebook page in order to provide a rapid response to anti-HERO lies, tell the truth about what HERO does, and provide information about upcoming events in the Houston Black community.

The bottom line is that the HERO oppostion has been since  last May disseminating lies about HERO unchallenged.  This election will probably be decided in Black neighborhoods, and we must get accurate information to our people to counteract the right wing lies.

This site is just part of a grassroots effort to do precisely that.

Will Chase Culpepper Make History Again?

South Carolina trans teen Chase Culpepper was recently in the news when she finally got the opportunity to take her feminine driver's license photo that was denied her in March 2014 by a transphobic SCDMV employee.

Now comes word that the 17 year old is one of the five finalists for homecoming queen at T L Hanna High School in Anderson S.C.   She was selected as one of the five finalists in a school wide vote of the student body, and at this Friday's 2:30 PM EDT pep rally will be introduced along with the rest of the homecoming court.

The winner will be revealed during halftime of TL Hanna's game with Easley HS on Friday.

Congratulations on being voted onto you school's homecoming court, and hope you are named the queen.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Three Weeks Until I Make History At Fantasia Fair!

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The Provincetown. MA based Fantasia Fair that started in 1975 is the oldest trans conference in the USA and probably the world, and in three weeks I get to attend it for the first time.

I also get to make some history at the 41st annual edition of it when I do.

When I step up to the podium on October 20 to accept the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award, I will become the first African-American winner of it.  

While I can think of a few people who probably should have gotten it before I did, I'm not complaining about the blessing of making some more trans history.  I'm confident that some of my African-American trans contemporaries who have also toiled long and well in advancing the human rights of our community will get their well deserved Fantasia Fair day in the sun.

I'm also looking forward to seeing my mentor Dainna Cicotello, Laurie Cicotello and other veteran leaders like Dallas Denny, Marisa Richmond, Denise Norris, Dr Jillian Weiss, and Miqqi Alicia Gilbert just to name a few along with the Fantasia Fair attendees who see me as one of those iconic leaders.

Also looking forward to finally meeting another trailblazer in Bold and the Beautiful actor Scott Turner Schofield.  So want to talk to him as a fan of B&B about that groundbreaking trans storyline

And yeah, you know I'll be live tweeting and reporting on much of what happens this year at Fantasia Fair 2015.

Whitewashed Stonewall Movie Tanks At Box Office


'So when 
Stonewall the whitewashed trans history erasing movie comes out, save your hard earned T-bills.   Just say no to erasure and whitewashing of the undeniable trans and person of color influence in what went down on a sultry June 1969 night that changed the course of American history and started a human rights movement,'
-TransGriot,  August 5, 2015

Roland Emmerich's Stonewall opened last weekend, and it not only received overwhelmingly negative reviews, it spectacularly tanked at the box office.  It made only a measly $112,414 from 127 theaters.

Heh, heh, heh.  Looks like the movie going public and the critics have spoken.  The disaster film king made a real life cinematic disaster, and Emmerich needs to stop trying to make excuses for it..

Note to Hollywood, next time don't be so quick to erase people of color and trans folks from an event we helped jump off.   If you had centered the movie around the real life history of it, the money you made would have been exponentially more than the paltry sum you did make on opening weekend.

Arrested Trannies, 1962.jpgThe Stonewall Rebellion was not a planned Fire Island gay action as the movie tried to depict it as.  It was a spontaneous reaction by trans people, butch lesbians, drag queens and other denizens of the Stonewall Inn on that sultry June 1969 night fed up with repeated harassment from the NYPD as the Fire Island gays cowered in their closets.

The historical record backs that up.  

The gay rights revolution was jumped off by the peeps the Fire Island 'good homosexuals' reviled and who had nothing to lose by fighting the powers that be.

Deal with it.

Hollywood has done many movies based on historical events, most recently Selma. and for the most part they stayed true to the historical story while taking mild dramatic license with it.  

was a straight up crime against history that could not be allowed to stand, because it sought to erase trans people and people of color from the seminal historical event they jumped off.  

It's also not an accident that white gay men like Larry Kramer rushed in to try to defend the indefensible erasure.   Who's crazy now, Larry?

As the child and godchild of historians and heir to that distinguished legacy of trans activism, I'm doing the happy dance because Stonewall tanked at the box office.

Next time you want to do a movie about an TBLG historical event Hollywood, ground it in the actual history of the event you're trying to put on the silver screen..  

The Battle To Keep HERO-September 29

One of the reasons I'm more than pissed off about the lack of pushback in Black Houston over the lies the HERO opposition and their kneegrow sellouts are telling about our local civil rights law is because the people who are being negatively affected by the current status quo non-coverage situation are people of color.

Specifically, women of color.

56% of the HERO complaints are not only race related, but the next highest category of complaints logged by the Houston Office of the Inspector General who would be tasked with investigating them are sex discrimination at 17%.

Even the two high profile trans discrimination cases that have occurred in H-town also fit that pattern. The Izza Lopez one in 2006 and the Leyth Jamal one in 2012 not only happened inside the Houston city limits. but happened to Latina and Black trans women.

And yes, the increasingly infamous Gaslamp nightclub has also aimed their reprehensible anti-Black hatred at Black women.

This continuing cesspool of discrimination, by the way, would have had a local remedy to deal with it if HERO hadn't been screwed with by the Harris County Republican Party, the all GOP Texas Supreme Court, and out of town activists messing with Houston human rights business.

In some good HERO news, the Houston Association of Realtors board voted to support Prop 1.
“The Houston Association of Realtors sees HERO as an extension of the Code of Ethics to which licensed Realtors must adhere each day to ensure the fair and ethical treatment of all real estate consumers,” said HAR Chair Nancy Furst. “Our 31,000-member association respects and celebrates Houston’s diverse population, and we believe HERO complements the Realtor commitment to conduct business without discrimination of any kind.”
In voting to support HERO, the HAR board recognized that similar equal rights laws are on the books in more than 200 U.S. cities, including Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, and 17 states, and have not resulted in any reports of increased public safety problems. The board concluded that the anti-discrimination measure “promotes a healthy business climate throughout Houston.”

It joins other heavyweight H-town business associations in the Greater Houston Partnership, The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston in urging YES votes to keep HERO.