Friday, March 16, 2018

My Thoughts On The Houston GLBT Caucus-Baptist Ministers Assn. Initiative

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People are weighing in on the what WAS a quiet effort to talk to the Baptist Ministers Association of Houston and Vicinity and the GLBT Caucus.

As one of the people considered a major unapologetically Black trans leader in the Houston, Texas and national TBLGQ community, I have also been asked my thoughts about this from multiple people including political candidates, members of the Caucus, and other thought leaders.

So here's what I have to say about it

You know from perusing this blog that I not only have been a vocal critic of the Baptist Ministers Assn, I was not in 2014-15 happy with them colluding with the Harris County GOP and our longtime assorted haters in Dave Welch, Dave Wilson and Steven Hotze.

Voices and Bibles are raised Tuesday after a the mayor announced a compromise to her proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.And Moni STILL isn't happy with them and the rampant miseducation about the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance they helped grease the skids for that was critical in how it was framed and why it was rejected in the Houston Black community . 

But I also have been just as critical about the piss poor effort of Houston Unites and their Prop 8 2.0 campaign that spectacularly failed to educate about and defend the much needed ordinance in my community in large part because of the failure to listen to Houston Black TBLGQ leaders.

In order for us to pass and successfully defend a HERO 2.0 ordinance, you not only need to listen to Houston Black TBLGQ leaders, we are going to have to deal with the Baptist Ministers Assn and also the just as odious to me COGIC PAC. 

I also have some ideas about what else needs to happen, but it's going to cost you to hear what they are.  Y'all in the market for hiring experienced Black trans leaders, equality orgs?  It's kinda obvious we're needed and necessary to advance equity in this human rights movement, and not just equality.

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We cannot allow Houston Black voters to ever again be hoodwinked and bamboozled into voting against a local human rights law that protects them in the Bayou City.   Neither can we tolerate sellout Black folks who collude with the Harris County and Texas Republican Party and white fundamentalists to make that miseducation happen.

It is past time for a 'Come to Jesus' Houston Black community meeting with those groups.  This is a family conversation that Houston Black trans, bi and SGL leaders need to facilitate because we need to and KNOW HOW to talk to our people. 

And as a member of Black Lives Matter HOU, I'm confident that we can successfully along with POC Caucus leaders and other Houston Black community leaders have that conversation.  Both groups are coming to the table with the common points of our Blackness and being sick of the narrative we are 'more homophobic and transphobic' than the white folks who draw high five figure paychecks working in anti-TBLGQ orgs , the white fundies ministers that get their jollies hating us, and support a Republican Party dedicated to oppressing us. 

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Just before the January 2018 Caucus meeting, Mike Webb pulled me aside and asked if they could talk to me about an initiative that was being worked on.  I now know because of the drama this was the initiative they were talking about. 

I'm also not happy about the conclusion jumps being made in the article that the trans community is 'being thrown under the bus' and that Houston Black SGL leaders expressing their opinions about this situation informed by their Blackness and political knowledge of our Houston Black community and the players in it is 'cisplaining'.

Really?   Don't even insult my intelligence with that BS. 

This initiative is a Houston Black family conversation that once again, we need to and must have.  That means Houston white TBLGQ community, y'all are going to have to sit on the sidelines for this one until if and when we call for you.

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It is an initiative that I definitely agree needs to have Houston Black trans representation at the table since we were the people attacked by the inflammatory anti-trans rhetoric.  Because of that anti-trans hate speech, Black trans people have undeniably taken the brunt of the anti-trans violence uptick that resulted from that 2015 campaign, the GOP efforts to pass anti- trans 'bathroom bills'  and the anti-trans rhetoric surrounding the failed dual attempts to pass SB 6.

So would I talk to a group that as you know I'm seriously pissed off at?  I sure would.   I definitely wouldn't mind talking to Max Miller, FN Williams and whoever else is leading the Baptist Ministers Assn of Houston and Vicinity as long as that apology to the trans community happens

The ministers need to know from a living breathing Houston Black trans person we not only exist, that their collusion with our longtime enemies was hurtful to Houston's trans community.

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The Black ministerial collusion was harmful specifically to the Houston Black trans contingent of it, and the Baptist Ministers Assn of Houston and Vicinity need to as a starting point publicly apologize to us for their reprehensible actions to the Houston Black trans community.

And the Houston Black TBLGQ community will have a major say in how and what that looks like.

Shut Up Fool; Awards- Go TSU Tigers Edition

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My alma mater isn't the only Houston collegiate team repping our city in this year's NCAA men's basketball playoffs./

For the fourth time in five season the texas Southern University Tigers are also in the Big Dance, and even better finally earned their first ever tournament win with a 64-46 victory against NC Central.

That earned them a spot to play against number one seed Xavier later tonight.   The experts may be picking Xavier, but don't sleep on this TSU team since their coach, Mike Davis, coached Indiana to the 2002 Final Four while at Indiana 

Good luck TSU!

Now let's move on to this week's usual Friday business in calling out fools

Honorable mention number one is (Mis) Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, for proving once again that Trump hires the worst people.

Honorable mention number two is Dana Loesch.   Ammosexual Barbie has gotten her azz handed to her by the Parkland kids, Black Lives Matter, CNN and now singer Neil Young.

Honorable mention number three is Dr Stacey Patton.   She stepped to me in a Twitter private message upset because i'd called her out on her transphobia

Hey if you don't want me calling you out on your transphobia, the cure is simple: don't be a fracking transphobe

Honorable mention number four iis one for defeated Bexar County DA Nico LaHood, who is upset because Lauryn Farris called him out at Tuesday's press conference for screwing up the case that allowed Keen McFadden's admitted killer to go free.

Naw Nico, don't get mad because you screwed up and the San Antonio trans community is calling you out about it..

Honorable mention number five is to now former Maine House candidate Leslie Gibson.  The Republican (what else?) dropped out of the race after referring to Parkland, FL shooting survivor Emma Gonzales as a 'skinhead lesbian'.

She identifies as bisexual you conservaidiot

Good riddance.

Image result for OJ simpsonThis week's Shut Up Fool loser winner is OJ Simpson   The Juice let his mouth run loose instead of shutting it in his first interview since he was sprung from a Nevada jail.

He threw his two cents in about Colin Kaepernick in  recent interview, saying "I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag"

Dude, you're the last person that needs to be talking about 'bad choices' since you are alleged to have killed two people and gotten away with it.

So keep Colin Kaepernick's name out your mouth since he's done more for Black people than you did in your entire career.

And oh yeah, shut up fool!

Moni's 2018 NCAA Women's B-Ball Bracket

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Since it's Women's History Month, I also show love to the women's NCAA ballers and do a bracket for their tournament as well.  Since 2008 I've done a bracket for the NCAA women's tournament, and had much better results (6-4) thanks in large part to UConn's sustained excellence.

These are my 20092010201120122013 , 20142015 TransGriot NCAA women's tournament   In 2016 I only got one of the Women's Final Four teams correct, but it was the right one in the eventual national champion UConn Huskies.

In 2015 I correctly predicted the NCAA women's title game, 
and I've also correctly picked all four women's NCAA Final Four teams in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015.

Last year I got half of the 2017 NCAA women's championship game correct.   Like everyone else that watches women's collegiate basketball I was not anticipating UConn going down in the semis to an on a roll Mississippi State team and picked UConn over eventual surprise champ South Carolina.

So who will be cutting down the championship nets in Columbus?   Good question.   Time to answer who I think it will be. 

Albany Regional
First Round
UConn, Miami (FL), Duke, Georgia, South Florida, Florida State, California, South Carolina

Second Round
UConn,  Duke, Florida State, South Carolina

Sweet 16
UConn, South Carolina

Albany Regional Champion

Kansas City Regional
First Round
Mississippi State, Syracuse, Maryland, NC State, Iowa, UCLA, Arizona State, Texas

Second Round
Mississippi State, Maryland, UCLA, Texas

Sweet 16
Mississippi State, Texas

Kansas City Regional Champ
Mississippi State 

Lexington Regional
First Round
Louisville, Marquette , Missouri, Stanford, Oregon State, Tennessee, Michigan State, Baylor

Second Round
Louisville, Stanford, Tennessee, Baylor

Sweet 16
Louisville, Baylor

Lexington Regional Champion

Spokane Regional
First Round
Notre Dame, Villanova, DePaul, Texas A&M, LSU, Ohio State,  Minnesota, Oregon

Second Round
Notre Dame, Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon

Sweet 16
Notre Dame, LSU

Spokane Regional Champion
Notre Dame

Final Four
UConn, Mississippi State, Louisville, Notre Dame

Championship Game
UConn,  Louisville

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2018 NCAA Women's Champion

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Moni's 2018 NCAA Men's B-Ball Bracket

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It's that time of year again, and once again as I've done since 2007, I'm posting a NCAA men's tournament bracket for y'all to peruse and pick apart.   2015 has been the only year I didn't do a bracket, frankly because that year I was too busy to properly do it.

And for the first time since 2010, I finally get to see my alma mater play in the Big Dance, and it may not be a one and done appearance either.

UH lost in the AAC title game 56-55 (boo hiss) to Cincinnati, but doesn't take away the fact they have had one of their best seasons since I was walking the campus and Phi S;lama Jama was slam dunking their way to three straight NCAA finals appearances

The last time the UH Cougars won an NCAA tournament game was in that 1984 Final Four in the Kingdome against Virginia, so we're way overdue for a tournament win.

This year's Final Four, thanks to SB 6 being killed twice (you're welcome) is in San Antonio. 
And yes Texas conservafools, it's more evidence of the Lone Star State getting nice things when we don't pass unjust legislation.

I got the NCAA Men's Champion right last year, and that evens my all time record to 5-5.

Here's the previous NCAA men's brackets for 2008200920102011201220132014 , 2016 and 2017 

And now, my 2018 NCAA men's bracket

First Four Games
Radford, UCLA, Texas Southern, Syracuse 

South Regional 
First Round 
Virginia, Kansas State, Kentucky, Arizona, Miami (FL), Tennessee, Nevada, Cincinnati  

Second Round
Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Cincinnati

Sweet 16
Virginia, Cincinnati 

South Regional Champion

West Regional
First Round
Xavier, Missouri, Ohio State, Gonzaga, Houston , Michigan, Texas A&M, North Carolina

Second Round
Xavier, Gonzaga, Houston, North Carolina

Sweet 16
Xabier, North Carolina

West Regional Champ
North Carolina 

East Regional
First Round
Villanova, Alabama, West Virginia, Wichita State, Florida, Texas tech, Arkansas, Purdue

Second Round
Villanova, Wichita State, Florida, Purdue

Sweet 16
Villanova, Purdue

East Regional Champ

Midwest Regional 
First  Round
Kansas, Seton Hall, Clemson, Auburn, TCU, Michigan State, Rhode Island, Duke

Second Round
Kansas, Auburn, Michigan State, Duke

Sweet 16
Auburn, Duke

Midwest Regional Champ

Final Four
Virginia, North Carolina, Purdue, Duke

Championship Game
North Carolina, Duke

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2018 NCAA Champion
North Carolina 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Moni's Getting On The Bus To- San Antonio

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Didn't realize until i was asked by SAGA and TENT to come to the Alamo City for their Justice for Kenne rally tomorrow that it had been nearly five years since I last spent time in Bexar County.

The last time I was there was to speak at a TDOR back in November 2013, and got to spend some quality time not only with Lauryn Farris, but also Rev. Carmarion Anderson as well. 

Once again it's for activism, but it will be nice to see some folks while I'm there calling crap out. 

See you in a few hours San Antonio. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Justice For Kenne McFadden Rally and March Tuesday

Kenne McFadden was murdered while we were fighting to kill the unjust SB 6 bill.   Her body was found on April 9 by a barge operator on San Antonio's famed River Walk.

Her lifeless body was found floating in the San Antonio River near East Commerce and St Mary's Streets and was the 12th murder of a trans person in 2017.   The alleged killer, 20 year old Mark Daniel Lewis was arrested for McFadden's murder while he was in the Bexar County jail for another crime and indicted by a grand jury in November on manslaughter.

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Lewis pushed McFadden, who was intoxicated at the time and a non swimmer, into the San Antonio River and refused to help her as she drowned.

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The Bexar County DA Nico LaHood, for some unknown reason reason decided to present this evidence during a probation hearing for Lewis in an attempt to revoke his probation for failing to register as a sex offender.

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On March 8, State District Judge Joey Contreras (R) a Gov Greg Abbott appointee to the 187th Criminal District Court ruled that Lewis pushing her into the river didn't rise to the level of criminal conduct.

Unfortunately, the probation hearing became a defacto trial, and once the judge made his ruling, Lewis couldn't be tried for her murder because of double jeopardy laws.

Fortunately for us in the Lone Star State, this is an election year, so Judge Contreras and DA LaHood have to face the voters.

FYI gentlemen, trans people and our allies vote     Judge Contreras is in a GOP runoff for his seat that will take place on May 22.   LaHood has already been punished at the polls.  He went down to defeat in the March 6 Democratic primary after just one controversial term in office.. 

In addition to LaHood having a contentious relationship with the San Antonio press corps, he'd made controversial anti-Islamic comments, stating the loud and wrong claim that vaccines cause autism, and threatened to destroy an attorney's career.

The result in this botched case has incensed the San Antonio trans community, and they are organizing a Justice for Kenne rally and protest on Tuesday.   The groups involved in coordinating the protest are the Trans Education Network of Texas (TENT), the San Antonio Gender Association (SAGA) and the Pride Center San Antonio.

There will be a press conference in front of Bexar County DA Nico LaHood's office at noon Tuesday, wirth the rally and march taking place at Crockett Park starting at 6PM 

And yes, I've been asked to speak at that rally, so see you Alamo City peeps Tuesday.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Already? Time To Spring Forward 2018!

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It's that time again! (pun intended)    This is your friendly TransGriot reminder to unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, have to move those clocks forward one hour at 2 AM.

If you're a Republican, time to move your clock forward 100 years.

It's time to lost that hour of sleep and move to Daylight Savings Time.   You get that hour of sleep you lost back on November 4, two day before the 2018 midterm elections.

So once again, time to spring forward!    If you don't, you'll be an hour early for everything you do tomorrow. 

Friday, March 09, 2018

Shut Up Fool Awards- Go Coogs Edition

As many of you longtime TransGriot readers are aware of, I'm a proud UH Cougar, and have been paying attention to the men's UH ballers having their best season since the Phi Slama Jama era.

They are ranked in both polls for the first time since 1984,  have knocked off two Top 5 squads in AAC conference opponents Cincinnati and Wichita State and went unbeaten at home for the first time since the 1983 season. They are also poised to break that NCAA tournament drought (last appearance 2010) with a projected 6 seed .   

But first order of business is to get through the AAC tournament in Orlando.  Go Coogs!

Speaking of business, time for me to get to my usual Friday business of gleefully calling out fools.

honorable mention number one is Secretary of (mis)Education Betsy DeVos, who got called out by the MSD students for her publicity stunt visit to the Parkland, FL campus, and got called out bu teachers unions for her jacked up powerpoint presentation attacking public schools. an

Honorable mention number two is RuPaul.   RudePaul once again made some transphobic comments, then botched the apology by posting a non trans pride flag on it.

Honorable mention number three is a joint award for Robert Jeffress who continue to prove the point why white fundamentalism is bankrupt as the continue to make excuses for Donald Trump's reprehensible and KKKristian behavior.

Honorable mention number four is Sarah Suckabee Huckabee Sanders, who couldn't keep her lies straight at a recent White House press conference and just exposed her boss and prolonged the Stormy Daniels affair story in the press


Honorable mention number five goes to the NRA, for Dana Loesch going on an apocalyptic rant on NRA-TV about 'time being up' for liberals, Black athletes, Hollywood, the media, and the Parkland FL student gun control advocates.

honorable mention number six is Stacey Dash, who went on MSNBC and made herself look clueless by claiming that Trump was right about Charlottesville.

Naw Dana, we're done with your white supremacist terror organization buying Republican legislators and stopping the gun control legislation we need.

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Perry said that moving poor nations away from fossil fuels and switching to renewable energy is 'immoral'.

Naw you idiot, NOT moving to renewable energy and away from fossil fuels when the evidence is undeniable they are affecting the climate of this planet is immoral and straight up stupid. 

Rick Perry, shut the hell up fool! .

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Happy International Women's Day 2018!

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It hit me while I was on this road trip to Austin admiring the blooming bluebonnets along TX 71 that today I International Women's Day!

So I definitely wanted to take a moment while I'm chilling in Travis County for a minute to say Happy International Women's day to all my sisters cis and trans.

It's an interesting one so far.   We have more women stepping up to run for office in this 2018 cycle.  We just had a March For Black Women here in Houston that had 2000 people in attendance.

But International Women's Day sometimes brings mixed emotions for those of us in TransWorld.  Our femininity gets feminized by friend, for and frenemy, so it leaves us trans women feeling at times that we're not part of Team Woman or what this day is meant to celebrate. 

Yes, you are, because trans women ARE women, and we have and will continue to do our part to help uplift women everywhere and build sisterhood in our ranks .

Happy International Women's Day!

Finn Jones Makes Texas Trans Political History

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As many of you are aware of, the Texas primary elections were held on Tuesday night.   In addition to seeing who won, who lost, who made it to the May 22 runoff elections and who advanced to the November 6 general elections, some Texas trans political history was made. 

Finnigan  'Finn'  Jones is running for the Texas House 94 seat in North Texas.   Because Jones didn't have an opponent in the Democratic primary, once the voting started, Jones became the first out trans masculine Texan to win a party primary race, and the first to do so for a Texas legislative seat.

Jones said this on his FB page when I pointed out the history he'd just made.

"Wow!!! I honestly had not even thought about that. As I pointed out to her (TransGriot),  I am running for all of us. We have a right to have a voice at the table and be heard. Not just on lgbtq Rights, but on health care, public education, teacher retirement, discrimination in all forms and so much more,." he wrote. 
"I am proud to be that voice and that ear for the community. I will always listen and I will always learn and progress forward. Our citizens deserve that much from their elected officials."
Yes, we do.

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Hs opponent in the general election will be the incumbent state rep Tony Tinderholt.(R-Arlington) who is considered the fourth most conservative member of the Texas Legislature, is a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus and as you probably guessed, is not a friend of our community.

Finn is going to have his work cut out for him if he is going to make the history of becoming the first trans Texan elected to our state legislature. 

But as the old saying goes, you have to be in it to win it, and Finn has cleared the first hurdle to make that happen by getting the Democratic Party nomination.

Here's hoping he makes even more history on November 6.