Happy Birthday, Trinity!


It's come to my attention that today is the birthday of one of our amazing trans teens!

I got to meet Trinity and her mom DeShanna back in June during the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, and over the last few months she's been making it clear that she wants to not only become a possibility model and advocate for our community.

Today is Trinity's 13th birthday, so wanted to take a moment to give her a well deserved TransGriot birthday shout out as she officially enters her teen years..

Happy Birthday Trinity!   Hope today is filled with lots of love, fun and abundant blessings.   May all your birthday wishes come true, and may you be given the ultimate blessing of celebrating many more birthdays to come  

Having A Wonderful Harvard Visit


Have enjoyed my visit to Boston so far.   To be correct, I'm actually staying in Cambridge, MA,  close to the Harvard University campus.  My hotel room has an amazing view of the Charles River, and from time to time I can see members of the Harvard rowing team going up and down the river..

I've also enjoyed the fact it's been much cooler here than it has been at home, and the first night I was here the temp dropped to 30 degrees and had to turn the thermostat up in my room and grab the extra blanket out of the closet.   I knew this was possible before I flew up here, so I was prepared for it.

Packed my coats and sweaters and deliriously happy I'm getting a chance to wear them.

I always forget something on these trips, and this time what I forgot was my umbrella.   It figures that the one time I leave it back in Houston we get rain here in the area.   Hasn't been heavy, but just enough to be an annoyance.
Also had an amazing visit to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum today, and a mini tour of Boston that took me past Fenway Park, The Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Berklee College of Music, UMass, and MIT.

Interestingly enough, on my mini tour of Boston I passed by the Roxbury area apartment at 397 Massachusetts Ave. that the Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr lived in from 1952-53 when he was a doctoral student at Boston University.

The other interesting point about that is Maria Dominguez Gray, the executive director of the Phillips brooks House Association and one of my gracious hosts here, once lived in that first floor apartment for several years and told me some amusing stories about that time in her life.

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My Phillips Brooks House Association hosts and the various student leaders I've had an opportunity to meet have been amazing and eager to discuss their various student led programs they offer, and last night I got an opportunity to tour the drop in facility they provide for homeless youth

It's something I would love to see replicated across the nation to help alleviate the LGBTQ homeless youth problem

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The business end of my trip happens later today when I actually get to step on the Harvard Yard and be presented with the Robert Coles Call Of Service Award.  I give a lecture and participate in a panel discussion.

Time to get some sleep.  I'll need it for the busy day still to come.  

Arisce Wanzer's Making History


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The long stylish line of trans models has led the way in breaking ground for our community not only in the modeling world, but at times through their activism on behalf of themselves and this community.

Proud to announce that for the first time in the 111 year history of the iconic Spiegel catalog, a girl like us will grace the cover of it.

Arisce Wanzer, who recently appeared as one of the stars of the reality show Strut, is the model who will be making this inevitable breakthrough.

Congratulations to her, and hope to continue seeing her do her thing in the modeling world.  It also proves once again if given an opportunity to do so, we can don anything and excel at

TransGriot 2016 NFL Picks -Week 8


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We're now at the halfway point of the 2016 NFL season and I find myself up here in Patriots country for Week 8 of the season.  

The winner of Week 7 came down to the results of the Monday night game between the Texans and the Broncos, and because my local NFL ballers lost 24-9 to Mike's local NFL ballers, my lead is now down to 4 games at the halfway point of the season as I try to repeat as TransGriot NFL prognostication champion.

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My hometown ballers also have a short week because of the Monday night game, but they are playing at NRG.  There's also another international game on the schedule as the Redskins and Bengals bump heads at London's Wembley Stadium.

Just wanted to let y'all know that Eli thanks you TransGriot readers for your prayers and warm thoughts as he works hard to conquer cancer.  I also promised you last week I'd reveal what Eli's preseason Super Bowl pick was:

Eli picked Seattle and New England. with the team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Houston being the Patriots.

So lets get to this week's NFL games.  Six teams, the Ravens, Rams, Dolphins, Steelers, 49ers and Giants are on their bye week, so only 13 games to pick.

Y'all know how I do this.  My picks will be in bold print, with the home team in CAPS. Mike's picks you can view here.

2016 NFL Week 7 Results                                2016 NFL Season Record
TransGriot     9-5-1                                              TransGriot      69-39-1
Mike            10-4-1                                              Mike               65-43-1
Eli                ---                                                     Eli                    ---

Thursday Night Game
Jaguars over TITANS

Sunday International Game-London
BENGALS over Washington

Sunday Early Games
TEXANS over Lions
CARDINALS over Panthers
Seahawks over SAINTS
Chiefs over COLTS
Jets over BROWNS
Patriots over BILLS
Raiders over BUCCANEERS

Sunday Afternoon Games
BRONCOS over Chargers
FALCONS over Packers

Sunday Night Game
COWBOYS over Eagles

Monday Night Game
Vikings over BEARS

Not Happy About The Incrementalist Sentiment In White LGBTQ World Over Trans Rights


If civil rights laws without public accommodations language are not acceptable for cis people, then why should transpeople be satisfied with a human rights crumb of an unjust law that cis people wouldn't accept or want to live by?
-TransGriot, November 16, 2011

While I was in Philadelphia doing a panel discussion on June 10 during the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, an invitation meeting only meeting was taking place that according to Buzzfeed involved the Gill Foundation and several LGBTQ organizations.

It was a conversation about how to push forward on passing trans human rights laws, and one of the things that disturbed me was hearing some BS words I thought were dead after the 2007 ENDA fiasco in terms of 'incremental progress'

To be more specific, the folks at that June 10 meeting want to basically push a legislative strategy of passing trans human rights laws WITHOUT public accommodation language.   That's not only a non-starter for me and the trans people of color I represent, It's a HELL F-WORD NO in terms of pursuing that strategy.

The proponents are citing what happened in Massachusetts, a state with Democratic legislative supermajorities.

That lack of will to pass a comprehensive bill even with Democratic supermajorities in hand does not need to be the template for what needs to legislatively happen in the rest of what you East and West coast and DC Beltway based orgs derisively call flyover country.

When legislators get the courage to pass trans rights bills, we need to be ready with comprehensive ones, not watered down ones.

I also wouldn't be surprised to discover that the proponents of this incremental trans rights strategy all live in areas that already have comprehensive bills passed that protect them.

I'm sick of White run LGBT organizations who from the safety of the I-5, Washington DC and I-95 corridors trying to insist on and push incremental progress as the only solution to pass incomplete human rights laws for trans people.

That dog won't hunt as we say here in the Lone Star State, so stop trying to sell that incremental progress horse manure.

Trans rights bills without public accommodations language are unjust laws.  In case that term is unfamiliar to you, let me point out for your reading pleasure what an unjust law is according to the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.
 "A just law is a code that a majority compels a minority to follow and that it is willing to follow itself."
 "To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted  in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust."
Rev Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Letter From Birmingham City Jail, 1963
The bottom line is that a trans rights law without public accommodations language that allows the dehumanization of trans people and for our haters to continue to discriminate against us for transphobic reasons is an unjust law.

There was no compromise when you lesbian and gay folks pushed marriage equality.  Why should trans folks, who face discrimination in the public accommodations arena, send the message it's okay to do so by leaving it out of a bill that is supposed to protect our human rights, a way to remedy that discrimination and send the message that public accommodations discrimination aimed at the trans population is unacceptable?

Public accommodations are also more than just bathrooms and locker rooms.  It is hotels, restaurants and other public places that we trans folks interact with and face discriminatory behavior.   If you're non-white, unjust profiling can lead to your arrest as Megan Taylor unfortunately experienced in Iowa.

She was able to file a civil lawsuit for the anti-trans discrimination because the Iowa law covers gender identity.and has a public accommodations component.

As we have discovered in Houston, Jacksonville and other locales including blue state Massachusetts, Republicans and their right wing allies are going to fight trans rights bills period with or without public accommodations language, so we might as well continue fighting for comprehensive bills while finding an effective antidote to their fresh out of the Jim Crow segregation playbook of bathroom attacks.

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Trans Rights Are Human Rights.   Did it occur to anyone in that June 10 meeting to ponder that basic reality?   So why are you Gay, Inc attempting to foister an unjust legislative strategy on our community and trying to claim it's the only way to pass trans rights coverage?

No it isn't, and I suggest you peeps who get paid more than me to think up ways to make trans rights laws happen get on the job of doing so and ending the blatant societal discrimination we face.  

Our First Trans Homecoming Queen Of The 2016-17 School Year Is...


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Selena Milian!

I was wondering in the face of all the conservahate being ramped up against the transgender community right now if there would be any trans masculine or trans feminine homecoming kings or queens crowned during this 2016-17 school year.

Well, I'm happy to announce that we have our first that I'm aware of trans feminine homecoming queen that has been crowned in this 2016-17 school year and surprise, surprise it was in North Carolina. .

Photo by Dakota VickersYes, the same North Carolina where Hate Bill 2 is still on the books despite the over $400 million (and counting)  in economic damage it has done.

The same North Carolina in which the first trans masculine homecoming king in Blake Brockington committed suicide a year after making that history.

The 18 year old senior came out as trans during her freshman year, and despite all the drama and hardships Milian has faced, was crowned homecoming queen on October 24 after being elected by her classmates at Overhills High School in Spring Lake, NC on October 21.

She is the first out trans feminine homecoming queen in North Carolina.

Besides plans to eventually go on hormones, and go to cosmetology school, what she'd really like to do is become an advocate. "Being crowned homecoming queen was just the first step.  I want to help my community and continue to make a difference."

Congratulations Selena and hope the rest of your senior year is as fabulous and memorable as the start of it.

Leaving On A Jet Plane -To Boston


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Once again the Air Marshal is sitting at Hobby International Airport waiting to board a Southwest 737 headed to Boston.   This one is a nonstop going up there, but coming back I will be running through Dallas Love Field before I finally get back home..

May need to roll through the Whataburger in that terminal on the return trip if I have enough time to do so.  What's even cooler is I'm leaving out of the new international wing of Hobby gates on Gate 1

As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm headed there to receive the Robert Coles Call of Service Award from the Harvard based Phillips Brooks House Association on the 28th.

May also if I have time try to knock out another visit off my Presidential library bucket list and go to the JFK Presidential Library and Museum there.

Well, here;s hoping this plane leaves on schedule so I can get there a little after noon local time, get to the hotel and get settled.

Happy Birthday Madame Secretary!


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Today is the 69th birthday of Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state Hillary D. Clinton, who was born on this date in 1947 in Chicago.  

As we are aware of, she is engaged in a pitched battle with Donald Trump to make history and become our first female president,   If the polls are correct, she will make that electoral history on November 8.

Just a not so subtle reminder that early voting is going on in Texas, so handle your business here and everywhere else early voting is happening.

Happy birthday Madame President, er Madame Secretary.   Hope you have a fabulous birthday, and definitely hoping you get the late birthday present of being elected and the 45th and first female president of our nation..

If You're Wearing Blackface This Halloween, You're A Racist Jerk


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Halloween is coming up this Monday, and already seeing the pics on Facebook and Instagram pic of white peeps wearing blackface 'costumes.

Once again, blackface is not funny, not considered complimentary because of the long history of it being used to demean and dehumanize my community dating back to the early 19th Century.

My people and my culture is not a costume for you to put on for your amusement.
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You also know blackface is wrong.  If you choose to ignore this warning for any reason, I don't want to hear any "I didn't know blackface was bad" commentary or other weak excuses trying to justify it because myself and other Black people across the Net have said it and written thousands of words why it's jacked up.

And don't even try to deploy the Wayans Brothers White Chicks movie as a defense.  That's an automatic nonstarter.

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Note to white women who wear blackface, If you've decided you're to do so after you have been warned not to and why it's not appropriate, don't be surprised at the backlash you get.  Your white tears will not save you from the backlash that will rain down upon you for your lousy decision.

And heaven help you if Black Twitter gets to those pics you thought were cool or funny.   Those blackface pictures will also follow you around forever.

Just say no to Blackface this Halloween, people. If you do, don't be mad when people consider you a racist jerk for doing so

2016 Houston GLBT Political Caucus Endorsements


I've mentioned the Houston GLBT Political Caucus Card in some of my 2016 election posts,   To make it easier for y'all to #VoteTheCard,  here for your TransGriot viewing pleasure are the people who were endorsed in this 2016 election cycle by the Caucus

US Representative
• US Rep, District 2: Pat Bryan
• US Rep, District 7: James Cargas
• US Rep, District 18: Sheila Jackson Lee

Texas Supreme Court
• Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3: Mike Westergreen

Texas State Board of Education
• Member, State Board of Education, District 6: R. Dakota Carter

Texas State Representative
• State Representative, District 126: Joy Dawson-Thomas
• State Representative, District 131: Alma Allen
• State Representative, District 134: Ben Rose
• State Representative, District 135: Jesse A. Ybanez
• State Representative, District 137: Gene Wu
• State Representative, District 139: Jarvis Johnson
• State Representative, District 140: Armando Walle
• State Representative, District 147: Garnet Coleman
• State Representative, District 148: Jessica Farrar
• State Representative, District 149: Hubert Vo

Texas Court of Appeals
• Justice, 1st Court of Appeals, Place 4: Barbara Gardner
• Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 2: Candace White
• Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 9: Peter Kelly
District Judges
• District Judge, 11th: Kristen Hawkins
• District Judge 61st: Fredericka Phillips
• District Judge 80th: Larry Weiman
• District Judge 125th: Kyle Carter
• District Judge 127th: R. K. Sandill
• District Judge 129th: Michael Gomez
• District Judge 133rd: Jaclanel McFarland
• District Judge 151st: Mike Englehart
• District Judge 152nd: Robert K. Schaffer
• District Judge 164th: Alexandra Smoots-Hogan
• District Judge 165th: Ursula A. Hall
• District Judge 174th: Hazel Jones
• District Judge 177th: Robert Johnson
• District Judge 178th: Kelli Johnson
• District Judge 179th: Randy Roll
• District Judge 333rd: Daryl Moore
• District Judge 334th: Steve Kirkland
• District Judge 337th: Herb Ritchie
• District Judge 338th: Ramona Franklin
• District Judge 339th: Maria T. Jackson
• District Judge 507th: Julia Maldonado

County District Attorney

• Harris County District Attorney: Kim Ogg
County Civil Court
• Judge, County Civil Court at Law No. 1: George Barnstone

County Attorney

• Harris County Attorney: Vince Ryan


• Harris County Sheriff: Ed Gonzalez

County Tax Assessor- Collector

• Harris County Tax Assessor Collector: Ann Harris Bennett

County School Trustee 

• Harris County School Trustee, Position 1, Precinct 2: Sherrie L. Matula
• Harris County School Trustee, Position 2, Precinct 4: Marilyn Burgess

County Commissioner

• Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 1: Rodney Ellis
• Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 3: Jenifer Pool

Justice Of The Peace

• Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Place 1: Eric William Carter
• Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, Place 1: Joe Stephens

• Constable, Precinct 1: Alan Rosen
• Constable, Precinct 7: May Walker

HISD School Board (special election)

• HISD District 7: Anne Sung