Wednesday, October 07, 2015

How You Like The 2015 Houston Astros Now?

How you like the Astros now, Yankee fans?

Been taking crap from a certain Mr. Watts for his Rangers (ugh) winning the AL West over my fave baseball team after they led for most of the 2015 season and into the AL Wild Card Playoff Game last night against the New York Skankees  Yankees.

There was much trash talking over the last few days on my FB page by certain Yankee fans (Mia Macy) about how my boys were going down, et cetera. 

This was the first Astros playoff game not only since they were forced to move by Bud Selig to the American League, but since they won the National League championship in 2005

Guess Mia and those loud and wrong Yankee fans forgot that the Astros won the season series against their club, their offense has gone south since late September, and they were facing our 20 game winning Cy Young Award candidate ace pitcher n Dallas Keuchel. 

Dallas Keuchel gets the nod to start for the Astros.
And oh yeah,  the Astros hit 230 home runs, second in the majors this season.

I gleefully watched along with much of Houston Keuchel shut out the Yankees again for six innings as Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez slugged solo shots off MasahiroTanaka that propelled the precocious Astros to a 3-0 shutout win over the vaunted Yankees and into the ALDS against the defending AL champion Kansas City Royals

Beware KC fans thinking this will be an easy series.  We won the regular season series against the Royals too

Happy Milestone Birthday Dee Dee!

Today is the day 30 years ago that Dee Dee Watters showed up on this planet!  I've had the pleasure of calling her a friend and collaborating with her on several human rights projects in the Houston area for the last several years.

And yeah, she's a lot of fun to be around when we are not handing a trans oppressor their behind or telling them where to go and what bus line to take to get there.

But anyway, that's a story for another time.   I'm happy to see that Dee Dee is finally bginning to get the well deserved recognition for her work to make Houston, Texas and the world  a better place for all of us.

Happy milestone birthday Dee Dee!    May you be blessed to celebrate many more of them

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Number 21-Rest In Power Keisha

Kiesha Jenkins, 22, of North Philadelphia. (Facebook)
We have lost another Black trans woman, and it happened in Philadelphia.

22 year old Keisha Jenkins was ambushed and beaten by five to six males as she got out of a car in North Philadelphia at 13th and Wingohocking Streets early Tuesday morning at 2:30 AM EDT.   One of the males then pulled out a gun and shot Jenkins twice in the back.

Jenkins was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead upon arrival.  As of yet there has been no arrest in the case..

Nellie Fitzpatrick, Mayor Nutter's LGBT community liaison, called Jenkins' death "a tremendous and tragic loss for the entire city, our LGBT community, and, more specifically, our trans community."

"This type of wicked, inhumane violence just has no place here," Fitzpatrick said. "We can't take anymore. It's just too much."

Jenkins is the 21st American trans woman killed in 2015, the 16th Black trans woman, the second killed in Philadelphia, and the 11th under age 40, and I'm beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of reciting these stats.

When will our #BlackLivesMatter, Black community?   When will #BlackTransLivesMatter?  When will it NOT be okay to indiscriminately kill a Black trans woman?  

And I'm tired along with everyone in Black Trans World of repeatedly asking those questions.

When I receive information about her homegoing services, I'll pass them along to you folks in the Philadelphia metro area who may wish to attend them and pay your respects.

Speaking of information, the Philadelphia PD needs it to help solve this case.

Anyone with any information on the killing is asked to call the PPD homicide unit at 215-686-3334 and 215-686-3335, or the department's anonymous tip line at 215-686-TIPS.

Stay tuned to these TransGriot pages for updated news about this latest trans sister who has been brutally taken away from us.  

The Fight To Keep HERO- October 6

The deadline to register for this year's mayoral election passed at midnight, and if you didn't handle that business, it's too late for the upcoming election for you to participate.   However, if you haven't done so, not too late for you to register fo next years presidential election.

Time to blow up another lie the HERO haters have been telling in terms of the ordinance applies to them.

While I'm of the opinion it should apply to churches and religious institutions, especially since there have ben far too many pastors bearing false witness against the Houston trans community, and another HERO opponent revealed to be a serial sexual harasser, the facts are there is a general exemption in our non-discrimination ordinance for religious organizations.

Anyone telling you otherwise is lying to you.

Two weeks ago I was interviewed by Houston political blogger Charles Kuffner, whose Off the Kuff blog is the go to one for Houston and Texas political news. . I expressed my thoughts about how the HERO defense campaign was going at the time along with a few other subjects we discussed..

Here's the link to that interview.

The financial reports were released recently, and Houston unites has raised $1,292,893 for the campaign so far, spent $597, 299 and has $521,462 on hand.   The HERO haters have yet to file their report. 

Just need y'all to spend some of that money on radio commercials on Black radio stations over the next several weeks and canvassing in Districts B, D, J and K .

We've had a few organizations and news outlets starting to get off their behinds and get behind the passage of Proposition 1.

The Houston Chronicle got the ball rolling by urging a YES vote on Prop1. KPRC-TV2, our local NBC station unleashed an editorial urging a YES vote for Prop 1

In Sunday's Houston Chronicle, several groups that had already expressed their support for our local human rights ordinance took out a full page ad to remind people once again they support the law..

We're one day closer to early voting on October 19.

Happy 15th Birthday Jazz!

Y'all know here at TransGriot I'm ride or die for all things Jazz Jennings, and today I want to take a moment to wish this amazing teen a happy 15th birthday!

I had the pleasure of meeting her and much of her family in 2014,  and I'm definitely looking forward to the next time I get the opportunity to share the same space with them.  

Ever since Jazz burst onto the scene as a precocious six year old advocate for our community and kids like her, she has gone from being the face and voice for our trans kids to the face of Clean and Clear.   She has done stuff many trans people twice her age have yet to do

And now our fave trans kid is a high school freshman and a teenage girl who has happened to have a reality TV show, published a book and has a future so bright she needs shades.   

And it has been fun to watch it all transpire.

Happy 15th birthday Jazz!     May you have a happy, fun and blessings filled one, and you recive the ultimate blessings of getting to celebrate many more of them in the decades to come. 

Two Weeks To Fantasia Fair

Got another reminder of how close the start of the 2015 Fantasia Fair is with the release of the Participant Guide schedule booklet that has my smiling face on it as the person being honored with this year's Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award.

I'm actually getting excited as the date for my flight to Boston and eventually Provincetown. MA and the wonders of this openly gay Cape Cod town approach.

And already have the sweaters and leather coats packed.

If you're going, it happens for me on Tuesday, October 20, and once i'm done with what I'm coming up there to do, I'll be popping in on other seminar presentations throughout the week as I shift into reporter mode for the event. 

And yes, if you can go, not to late to register, and the Fantasia fair team would love to have you there.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Dawn Wilson Scholarship Established By U of L

Happy to see my Louisville homegirl and Louisville Human Relations Commissioner Dawn Wilson was honored October 1 by the University of Louisville during its 2015 Pride Week festivities with the establishment of a scholarship in her name.

"Tonight , I was honored to not only to have a scholarship named in my honor at the University of Louisville but I also met the dynamic Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement,." said Wilson in a statement on her FV page  "This new scholarship will offer LGBTQ students of color opportunities to pursue their collegiate dreams"

Patrisse Cullors was the keynote speaker for UL Pride Week, and her keynote speech also happened on Thursday night.

Dawn Wilson is one of the pioneering trans peeps y'all need to get to know.  She took part in the Phyllis Frye run lobby day in Washington DC in 1994, founded the Louisville based Bluegrass Belles trans group, helped pass trans inclusive human rights ordinances in Louisville and her hometown of Lexington in 1998, was the first African-American trans person to win the IFGE Trinity Award in 2000, helped organize the Transsistahs-Transbrothas trans POC conventions in 2005-2006 in Louisville and has been an integral part of the Louisville and Kentucky human rights community for over two decades. 

And yeah, she's one of my mentors.

The Wilson scholarship is for LGBTQI college bound students of color who wish to attend college on the University of Louisville campus, and may be the first of its kind offered on a college campus located in the South.,  

Here Comes The SCOTUS 2015-16 Session

It's the first Monday in October, and that means a new Supreme Court term is about to commence that will run until June.

We saw what happened at the end of the 2014-2015 term last June with the landmark Obergfell ruling that legalized same sex marriage across the nation and still has the wingers in a tizzy.  

What SCOTUS ruling will come out of this 2015-16 session and cases they have agreed to hear that will please some people and piss others off since we are still stuck with a 5-4 conservafool leaning majority?  

Will there be another landmark ruling in this 2015-16 session?.

This is also where I remind y'all that the upcoming 2016 presidential election is all about what shape the SCOTUS takes for the rest of your lives and much of your children's lives.

So here come the SCOTUS judges in a few hours.

Search Underway For Missing Houston Trans Man Darius Gatlin

I have been afraid that the ramped up anti-trans hatred the HERO opponents have been spewing into the atmosphere, and especially on Black radio stations would eventually come back upon the Houston trans community in the form of increased anti-trans violence and hate crimes visited upon us.

I hope what I have feared isn't starting to happen, but I've just been made aware of a missing trans man.

28 year old Darius Gatlin was last seen on September 11 at his home in southwest Houston wearing a pink and white tank top, blue jeans and pink and white shoes with flowers on them.

He has been missing ever since that date, and a search began on Friday to find him with volunteers in the Alief area on foot and on ATV s.  His car, a 2013 dark burgundy Nissan Maxima with Texas license plates BWH 0539 is also missing..

Gatlin also had a tattoos on his neck with the word 'Darius', and 'Brandon'  in addition to tattoos of a panther and the word 'Aquarius' on his chest.

If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Darius Gatlin,  please call the Houston police Department at 713-731-5223

SBC Trans Hatefest Starts 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..