Friday, February 05, 2016

Shut Up Fool Awards- Black History Month 2016 Edition

February 1 means that the annual observance of Black History Month has started.  As far as I am concerned as the founding editor of TransGriot, every month is Black History Month.  It is designed to not only introduce and reacquaint our people to their history, but those of you who aren't African-American to the accomplishments of my people.

Those African-American accomplishments also include the accomplishments of trans, bi and SGL Black people as this graphic reminds us and I'm honored to be included in..

I'll have the rest of the month and the year to introduce you to the Black trans history makers in our midst, but it's Friday, and y'all know what I do every Friday at noon CST.

It's time to call out some fools.  And let's get started doing so.

Honorable mention number one is the junior senator from Canada, Ted Cruz, for unleashing transphobia, homophobia, and political dirty trick in order to get that upset win in Iowa.

Honorable mention number two is Chernobyl Cherno Biko for that post she wrote (and I refuse to link to) doubling down on the now discredited lie she and her conspirators used to disrupt the CC16 Trans attracted men panel.

And naw Cherno, I don't support or defend Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle or protests jumped off under false pretenses designed to shut down needed discussions before they even happen.

Honorable mention number three is James David Manning, who commented on the foreclosure of his ATLAH hate church in Harlem by parting his lips to say that hay couldn't buy his church until they could birth babies through their anus.

What Pastor Manning?  You mad because nobody wants to do anything sexually to your anus?

Honorable mention number four is Stacey Dash, who is an early contender for 2016 Shut Up Fool of the Year by stating that casting the white Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson is a 'win for diversity'.

Just stop, Stacey.  Whatever love we Black peeps had for you is rapidly diminishing every time you open your mouth.

This week's Shut Up Fool Winner is Daryash 'Roosh' Valizadeh, the MRA and self proclaimed 'King of Masculinity' behind the worldwide series of 'Make Rape Legal' events scheduled to kick off tomorrow in 165 locations (including here in Houston at the Sam Houston statue in Hermann Park).

He canceled them out of fear he couldn't guarantee the safety and anonymity of the participants.

And naw, we ain't buying your excuse that the multiple series of posts you have written in mommy's basement denigrating women were 'satire'.

Nobody around the world is laughing, and rape is not a subject to make light of.

Nobody's also laughing about your statements that rape should be legalized on private property, women should be barred from voting, stating a woman's value is dependent upon her 'fertility and beauty' and that anorexic women make the best girlfriends.

Hope you stocked up on the lotion or bought an inflatable doll, because it's going to be a long time before any woman gets intimate with you.

Daryash 'Roosh' Valizadeh, shut up fool

TransGriot 2015 NFL Picks-Super Bowl 50

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Well, nailed both the conference title games picks which makes me 7-3 in the 2015-16 NFL playoffs to add to my 2015 NFL regular season prognostication title, and now it's time to get to my Super Bowl 50 pick.

Both teams have had a week off since their Championship Sunday tilts, and they are in Santa Clara getting ready to battle for the NFL title this Sunday.

This may be Peyton Manning's last NFL game, and the Broncos have my Houston homeboy Gary Kubiak as their head coach along with several former Texans in their lineup, and a top five defense.

I deeply appreciate them along with every NFL fan who can't stand New England for beating the Patriots 20-18 and ensuring that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick would be sitting at home watching this game.

But I just can't ignore the fact that the Carolina Panthers have been on a season long roll, also have a an amazing defense, finished 15-1, and only got better in the playoffs as they withstood a furious Seattle Seahawks comeback to win 31-24 after sprinting out to a 31-0 halftime lead in their Divisional round playoff game and stomping the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the NFC title game.

And yes, I'm rooting for Panthers coach Ron Rivera to make some NFL history as the second Latino head coach to win a Super Bowl after Tom Flores.   I also want Cam Newton to have the opportunity to shut up his racist haters and become the third African-American starting quarterback (Doug Williams 1988, Russell Wilson 2014) to take his team to a Super Bowl win.

Interestingly enough, Williams and Wilson both beat the Broncos to make that Black sporting history.

Enough jibber-jabber, lets get to my Super Bowl 50 pick. .So who will be hoisting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at the end of this game?

The Carolina Panthers will emerge as the 2015-16 NFL champions.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Congratulations Johanna And Dustin!

Congrats to one of my sisters Johanna Saavedra, who got married to Dustin Wallace in LA back on January 29.

So happy for Johanna finding the love of her life and hope that she and Dustin have a long, healthy and happy married life together.

You also give those girls like us hope that one day we'll get to follow in your wedding footsteps and find someone who loves us enough that they will want to put a ring on our fingers and marry us too.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Trans Girl Scout Sells 3000 Cookies, Cue The Transphobic Haters

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'Placement of transgender youth is placed on a case by case basis, with the welfare and best interests f the child and and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority.  That said, if the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, the Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is emotionally and physically safe.'
-Girl Scouts USA website FAQ

When nine year old trans Girl Scout Stormi started knocking on doors to sell those famous cookies in her Herrin, IL neighborhood, she was greeted by a transphobe who not only hurt her feelings, but motivated her to sell 3000 boxes of cookies.

Many of the people who bought Stormi's cookies did so online, and some of those cookie purchases came from the trans, bi and SGL community livid over the disrespectful treatment she received by the less than kind transphobe.

The bottom line is that trans feminine kids exist, and want nothing more than to live their childhoods and their lives as the girls they are.  Some of those trans feminine kids want to be Girl Scouts and the Girl Scouts USA policy is to welcome them into the fold.

As this story has been getting national attention, the transphobes are coming out to play as well in the comment threads in those stories.  It's mind boggling and despicable that these wastes of DNA can aim so much transphobic hatred at a nine year old trans girl.

But while I'm not surprised by it, I'm not having it either.  I, her trans elders and her allies will not allow transphobic vitriol aimed at our transkids from the ignorati cowering behind computer keyboards to go unchallenged.  You want to pick on somebody, aim it at somebody who will be more than willing and able to respond in kind.

And Stormi, if you still have some thin mints or Trefoils shortbread cookies boxes left, I want some.

TransGriot Update:  Stormi's online cookie sale site will stay open until mid-March and she's now up to 4000 boxes of cookies sold.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Two NYC Groups Fundraising To Buy ATLAH Hate Church

Couldn't happen to a nicer christobigot.   I would love to see the karmic justice of someone buying that hate church and turning it into an LGBT center.-TransGriot, January 29, 2016

The news broke last week that NYC hate pastor James David Manning's ATLAH World Missionary Church is going to be sold at auction February 24 to satisfy Manning's unpaid debts.  I floated the comment out there that I hoped that it could be turned into an LGBT center or hoped that an LGBT friendly church would buy the property located at W.123rd St and Malcolm X Blvd .

And lo and behold, guess some peeps were paying attention.  Two groups have emerged to buy the Harlem based church in the Ali Forney Center and the Rivers of Living Water Ministries.  

The Ali Forney Center is dedicated to serving LGBT homeless youth, and ROLW Ministries serves as a radically inclusive faith home for many trans. bisexual, and SGL Christians in the New York area.  Both are running fundraising campaigns in order to attempt to raise the $1.2 million that will be needed to buy the property.

The Ali Forney Center has raised $75K of their $200,000 target in 48 hours to finance their bid for the ATLAH property, while the Rivers of Living Water Ministries has raised as of this writing $19,761 of their $1.2 million in their GoFundMe campaign to buy the Harlem church as well.

Whichever group is successful, the bottom line for me is I hope that a building desecrated by a christobigot purveyor of hate gets a new lease on life as either a church or a community center dedicated to helping the New York LGBT community that Manning once attacked from its pulpit.  

BTAC 2016 Approaching Soon

TransGriot Note: Do need to point out in the interest of journalistic integrity that I sit on the board of Black Transwomen, Inc.

This conference up I-45 north from me in Dallas has been growing steadily over the last several years, and will be celebrating its fifth anniversary when it kicks off in April.

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It's the Black Trans Advocacy Conference & Awards Gala and this year's event for April 25-May 1 will be moving to a new hotel, the Dallas/Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria.

This year's theme is 'Thinking and Speaking A Better World' and you're invited to join the BTAC family at an event designed to do just that.

I had the pleasure of being its first trans feminine keynote speaker in 2013, so I'm always interested in seeing who will get that keynote nod at every BTAC event.  This year's BTAC 2016 keynote speakers will be Mister Cris and Dora Santana.

And as always, the awards gala, the Black Trans International pageants, the Family Fun Day at Austin Ranch, the Black Diamond Ball and the information filled workshops and panels make this a unique for the conference world exciting, fun filled and informative week in the Lone Star State.

And in addition to it being in my home state and it being one of my fave conferences, it either falls on or very close to my birthday, and it has been a blast the last two years celebrating it during an event with my Black trans family from around the country and increasingly, as Dora's presence as this year's keynote speaker is indicative of, across the African Diaspora.

You have time to get that registration in for the BTAC conference, consider submitting a panel discussion topic or get ready to walk the Black Diamond Ball floor.

So hope to see y'all in the BTAC house this year as we spend the week of April 25-May 1 thinking and speaking a better world so that once we leave we can translate that into action on behalf of our community. .  

And The 2016 Iowa Caucus Winner Is...

Nobody yet.   It's still a razor thin race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders with several precincts outstanding..

The first event of the 2016 presidential primary season happened last night in the Iowa Caucuses. In the 99 counties across the state, both Democratic and Republican voters headed to 1061 locations all over the state to support their respective candidate choices for their party's presidential nominations.

They started at 7 PM CST, and while the GOP one was over early with the junior senator from Alberta in Ted Cruz upsetting Donald Trump for the win.

As of this writing the Democratic contest between Clinton and Sanders is razor thin and has yet to be called.

One of the other results from tonight is that former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley suspended his campaign after his poor showing in the Democratic caucus, and Mike Suckabee Huckabee finally exited the GOP race after his poor showing in the GOP one.

With 97% of the precincts reporting, Clinton is up by a razor thin 49.8% (22 delegates) to Sanders 46.6% (21 delegates) with O'Malley capturing just 0.6% of the vote percentages.  

The 2016 race to the White House is now in the vote casting stage and the next battle in which actual ballots will be cast will be next Tuesday, February 9 in the first in the nation primary in New Hampshire.   There will be a crucial Democratic debate moderated by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Thursday which should be fun to watch.

We'll know who won this on the Democratic side in a few hours.

TransGriot Update: The winner is Hillary Clinton.  But doing so, she made history by becoming the first woman to win the Iowa caucus.   Hopefully she'll be making more history as this continues.

Monday, February 01, 2016

OutSmart Magazine's 2016's 10 Faces Of Black LGBT Leadership

I've known this was coming for a few weeks, but OutSmart, our local TBLG community publication in honor of Black History Month starting today has published the profiles of 10 Black LGBT leaders in my hometown.

I was honored to be one of the two trans people out of the ten selected for this story, but we do have more excellent Black LGBT leaders in the Bayou City doing the work of uplifting all the communities we intersect and interact with.

And in the wake of the unfortunate repeal of HERO in which many people in our community were hoodwinked and bamboozled into voting against their own human rights based on lies, it's past time that the Houston Black community knew who the Black LGBT leaders are inside Beltway 8.

Thank you Megan Smith and OutSmart for including me in this article

For those of you who don't live in H-town, here's the link to the article for you to peruse it.

'Game Face' Documentary Now On Netflix!

Since we are now in a new month, Netflix is adding new selections to their lineup.

Was happy to hear that the documentary Game Face featuring our MMA fighting sis Fallon Fox is now available for viewing as of today since I have been wanting to see it.

Now it's available on Netflix, and I'll be parked in front of my television checking it out.  Hope you take some time to do so as well.

Happy Black History Month 2016!

Today is the start of the second month of 2016, and the flipping of the calendar page to February means that it is also Black History Month.

It was the idea of Dr Carter G. Woodson, 'The Father Of Black History' who understood the importance of education and knowing our people's history in order to secure and expand our human rights and freedoms.

In 1915 Dr. Crater, recognizing the dearth of information about the accomplishments of  African-American people, he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.  It's now call the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History (ASALH).   The Houston chapter of it is named after my late godmother Pearl C. Suel. who was its longtime president.

Under Dr. Woodson visionary leadership, ASALH created research and publication outlets for Black scholars with the 1916 founding of the Journal of Negro History and the Negro History Bulletin in 1937.

In 1926, Dr. Woodson founded Negro History Week, which corresponded with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln .  In 1976 it was expanded to the entire month of February as people of all ethnic backgrounds discuss the historical accomplishments and societal impact of my people.

For Black History Month 2016, we get 29 days this year since it is a leap year, but as far as I'm concerned, every month is Black History Month.  And in the wake of a loud and wrong FOX negroid fembot calling for the end of Black History Month, it's more important than ever, especially to those of us in Black LGBT World.

For Black trans people, knowing our history and accomplishments as Black trans people is critical to build pride in ourselves and our community.  That is one of the missions of this blog in pointing out the ongoing inspirational and evolutionary story of Black trans people.

Happy Black History Month!  

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Murderer Of Melony Smith Convicted

Some good news coming out of southern California concerning our fallen trans sister Melony Smith

A Pomona Superior Court jury found 30 year old Stephen Gonzales guilty of first degree murder in the September 9, 2013 death of 26 year old Melony Smith.

The article has some problematic violations of the AP Stylebook in using Smith's deadname, describing her life as a 'lifestyle'.

But back to the post.

She was found dead at 1:30 PM PDT in her Baldwin Park motel room where she had been staying off and on for a year.

While Gonzales escaped being eligible for capital punishment when the jury found him not guilty of robbing Smith, they did find him guilty of petty theft.

Gonzales is facing a 25 years to life sentence when he returns to court on February 11 for sentencing. Hope they throw the book at his behind.

Countdown To Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl 50 will be taking place  in Santa Clara next Sunday, and even though my favorite NFL team won't be involved in it, I will have a rooting interest in one of the teams that will playing in this year's NFL championship game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers..

There are also some interesting historical nuggets as we approach the kickoff time for this game. Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is now the second Latino head coach after the Oakland Raiders Tom Flores to make it to the title game. 

He also wants to be like his idol Flores, the second Latino head coach to win a Super Bowl.   Flores as the hard coach of the Oakland/LA Raiders coached them to NFL titles twice in 1981 and 1984.

For the third straight year, a team with an African-American starting quarterback will be in the Super Bowl house.   Russell Wilson of the Seahawks was that quarterback the last two years and won (2014) and lost (2015) one, and this year it will be Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers representing at the QB spot..

Newton will be bidding to make some Black history by attempting to join Doug Williams and Wilson as African-American NFL starting quarterbacks that have won a Super Bowl.   Ironically both of those wins by Black quarterbacks in 1988 and 2014 came at the expense of the Denver Broncos, this Sunday's opponent.

Newton will be trying to do so against a quarterback in Peyton Manning who may be playing in his last Super Bowl.

As to who I'm picking to walk away with the Vince Lombardi Trophy next week?    I'll let y'all know on Friday.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

2016 Williams Watch- Number 22 On Hold

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The Australian Open women's title was on the line, and I was up at 2 AM Houston time to watch the action from Down Under and see if Serena Williams would capture her seventh title, take home another Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup and win her 22nd Grand Slam title to tie Steffi Graf for second on the women's all time Grand Slam tournament win list.

Fittingly her opponent was 28 year old lefty Angelique Kerber of Germany, who grew up idolizing Graf and does have a recent win against Serena

But this is a Grand Slam final, and Serena is usually on her A+ game for those.  But she wasn't today, and was upset by Kerber 4-6, 6-3. 4-6 to capture her first major Grand Slam title

Meanwhile Serena is still not only the world's number one ranked player even with the loss, she's sitting on 21 major title wins.

Oh well, the French Open is in May.   We'll see what happens there..

The Trans Pariahs Are Hatin'

Still amused by that group of millennial trans women who got their jaws all puffed out because I called them out on their pattern of negative behavior at various conferences over the last year and their disrespect of elders.   Somebody had to call out the pattern of what was going on, and point blank ask them if they want to be trans leaders or trans pariahs.

Not going to even link to their hit pieces and give them exposure, They have chosen trans pariah status, and I'm not paying any attention to them until they apologize for their reprehensible actions and disrespect of community elders.

Funny they pulled that stunt in the name of 'holding people accountable', but ain't liking it now that someone else is holding them accountable for their nekulturny behavior.

And BTW,  here's my answer to taking down those post you don't like.

If I didn't retract a post calling white GLBT people out for their racism aimed at President Obama several years ago, what makes y'all misguided peeps think I'm going to take the posts down I wrote calling y'all out on your crap?

You've been busted for your attention grabbing stunt at #CC16 and you need to give it up.  The more you and your surrogates attack and attempt to bully me for telling the truth about your behinds, and revealing the real reason you bumrushed that panel, the more ridiculous and disrespectful you look.

In the meantime, while y'all continue your increasingly speedy spiral to irrelevance, I will continue do my part to build intersectional community and network with other trans people and our allies to accomplish the much needed human rights work of the community while y'all plot and plan 'to take spaces that are rightfully yours'  whatever that Palinesque word salad means.

While y'all were hi-fiving each other and mugging for the cameras for your misguided protest action. I was as a representative of TPOCC in a morning meeting with the leaders of several trans orgs on January 22 discussing strategies for combating the anti-trans laws Republicans are trying to pass around the country.

Funny I didn't see y'all there.

Last night I spent a few hours talking to a TV reporter I know in Austin getting the ball rolling on correcting the misgendering in the story about Monica Loeda that resulted in us not knowing we have lost our first trans sister in 2016 until last night.

So while y'all rant, rave, fume and continue to prove my point through your actions that y'all like to keep mess and confusion going, I'll continue to do the work of this community.

And on that note, bye Felicias.  I have grown trans folks business to attend to.