HBO's The Trans List Airs Tomorrow

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For those of you who have HBO as part of your cable TV package, this is another instance of Must See Trans TV you may wish to ensure you don't miss.

It's the debut of the HBO documentary The Trans List, and it features a nice balanced mix of trans folks in terms of age, ethnicity and transition time in a series of five minute vignettes that capture the essence of the hours of interviews they conducted with each participant for this documentary.

And I'm pleased and proud to note I know some of those folks personally.  Hey that's one of the perks of being in the community for 22 years and counting.


The people tapped for this documentary are Kylar Broadus, Caroline Cossey, Laverne Cox, Shane Ortega, Nicole Maines, MIss Major, Buck Angel, Amos Mac, Bamby Salcedo, Caitlyn Jenner and Alok Vaid-Menon that is produced by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and features interviews by Janet Mock, who is also one of the producers of this documentary.

Janet was also interviewed by Time magazine to discuss The Trans List..

I'm looking forward to seeing it, and it starts tomorrow night on HBO

Thanks For A Wonderful Miss Trans Universo 2015 Reign, Aleika!

One of the things I like to point out is that your family expands, not contracts after you transition, and in many cases those family members you gain are your trans siblings around the world.

One of those people I've had the pleasure of getting to know is my Brazilian sis Aleikasandria Barros. Since her reign as Miss Trans Universo 2015 is coming to an end and she'll have to return to Italy to crown her successor, I wanted to take a moment to give her a TransGriot shoutout.

Thanks Aleika for representing yourself, your nation and our community while wearing the Miss Trans Universo crown.

The Miss Trans Universo pageant is taking place on December 10, and it's on that night in Perugia, Italy she will crown her successor.

I've had the pleasure of getting to know Aleika for the last few years, and I've had some interesting conversations with her about a variety of subjects along the way.

In addition to being involved in the pageant world, she's passionate about causes near and dear to all of our hearts around the world in the eradication of transphobia, educating about our lives, the expansion of our human rights and building sisterhood in our ranks.

I have much admiration and pride for my sisters who compete in the pageant world.  They are not only my sisters, they also have an important role to play in the advancement of our community's human rights in our various nations and around the world.

I've seen that firsthand since I have been in the position a few times of being a trans pageant judge. My pageant sisters at times are also advocates.  They are not only serving as community ambassadors facilitating conversations between the cis and trans communities, there are qualities and things that you learn while competing in pageants that also translate to life outside the pageant world.

I'm eagerly looking forward to the day, like I am with all my international sisters, that I finally get to meet Aleika in person.

Congrats on your amazing year as Miss Trans Universo Aleika!  May the blessings continue to flow for you in 2017 and beyond.

25 Things I Miss About Louisville

TransGriot's early years were focused on my Texan in Exile life in Louisville, and while living there and feeling homesick  in 2007,  I wrote a post about the 25 things I missed about Houston.  

From time to time I've written about how much I miss Louisville, and certain events and dates will trigger another flood of memories of life in as the right wing haters call it, 'Sodom on the Ohio'.

Note to those haters, don't diss the town that provides much of your state's tax revenue when people come to visit it and Lexington for starters and not your backwoods idiocy.  

I'm now approaching the same six year period it has been since I drove the moving van onto I-65 south four days after my birthday in May 2010 and headed back to the Lone Star State.

But in the nearly nine years I lived there, Da Ville grew on me to the point where I not only made friends there in addition to the ones I had who lived there prior to my September 2001 move, but I grew to appreciate some of Kentucky's charms.

Bardstown Road Aglow happening tomorrow is also triggering I miss Da Ville memories for me as well, so I decided to write a post similar to the 2007 one focusing on Louisville.

Here are the 25 things I miss about Louisville besides my chosen family up there.

1.  Dawne Gee

Dawne Gee is a native Louisvillian who is one of the 5 and 7 PM newscast anchors at WAVE-3 TV in Da Ville.  WAVE 3 is the NBC affiliate there and it became one of my local news stations I frequently watched thanks to large part to meeting her.

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I met her when I was working at Macy's and she was looking for Christmas gifts for her son Alex. We kept bumping into each other either at the store or at local charity events like the AIDS Walk or others around town and became friends as a result.

You have to also admire someone like Dawne who has two degrees (in communications and biology), applied three times at WAVE-3 before she finally got that job there in 1994 and quickly ascended to anchoring their local newscasts , beat cancer and just survived an on air stroke.

Speedy healing and recovery, Dawne.

And yeah, I also love her because she's a Taurus and our birthdays are just four days apart.

2.  Angie Fenton

I'd actually ran into Angie before I finally met her.  I was attending a local TBLGQ Derby Party at The Olmstead in 2003 that she was covering it for the Courier-Journal while stylishly dressed in a pink skirted suit with matching pumps and a pink hat.

We didn't meet that day, but would eventually.

She's also a local media icon in print and television, doing segments on WHAS-TV's Great Day Live in addition to being editor in chief at Extol magazine and a motivational speaker.  

So how did I meet this amazing woman?  It was in 2005 when she wrote a Courier-Journal article about the local trans community that featured me and Dawn Wilson in it.   Both of us moved to Da Ville from other places, so we had that in common along with our mutual love of writing.

3.  'Niece and Nephew'

AKA Dr. Kaila Story-Jackson and Jaison Gardiner, the broadcast team at  WFPL-FM's. Strange Fruit radio show.   In her day job Kaila is the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville and teaches women and gender and Pan-African studies there.

I've spent more than a few times while I lived there as a panelist in her class or at other events coordinated by her on the U of L campus when I lived there talking about trans issues from a POC perspective.

Jaison I met as part of the Fairness Campaign crew, and he's involved in Black Lives Matter and other progressive causes.

Jaison is also the one who started calling me Auntie Monica, so I used to call him Nephew in response.   When he and Kaila started doing Strange Fruit, she became Niece

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4.   Indi's

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Every city has a local food chain that is unique to it, and in Louisville, that is Indi' s.  

There are only three Indi's locations in Da Ville, so that meant I had to drive to get to them since the closest location to my east side Crescent Hill neighborhood was in the West End on Broadway just west of downtown.   But the food was worth the trip

It is quintessentially Louisville and quickly became one of my fave places.  I loved their monster potato wedges and chicken, and would happily devour their wings.. Their spicy recipe one will definitely make someone from New Orleans happy and they have a wide variety of side dishes  

The prices you pay for that food isn't bad either, but they only accept cash for it.

5.  Louisville Fencing Center

Image result for Maestro Les StawickiWhen Dawn began to get involved in competitive fencing, that's when much of the fencing world entered my life, including Maestro Les Stawicki, the legendary fencing coach who not only was the Polish national and Olympic coach from 1972-1990, but trains the US Paralympic Games fencers.

I also got to meet many of the wonderful people connected to LFC and other fencing salles in the Louisville and Kentucky region along with many of the Veteran fencers, referees and others in the USFA Great Lakes Region .  It's also how I met Olympian Lee Kiefer and her family.  Ken and Angela Hagen, Linda Dunn, Tom Monarch, 'The Baby Vets'  AKA the Vet 40 fencers, The Senior Mamas' AKA the Vet 50 fencers and Lou Felty just to name a few.

It also taught me a lesson in first impressions.  I didn't think I had an impact on anyone since I was there simply to support my friend, but others disagreed.   There was also a junior tournament that was held in Louisville while I was there in which I served as the MC of it.  Some of the parents and kids who were in attendance or participated in it still ask about me years later.

When I went to visit LFC, I also got a big hug from Maestro Stawicki ,Tom and everyone who remembered me

6.  Edenside Christian Church

I definitely missed 'slllliiiiiiiiding into Edenside' after I left, because it was my open and affirming church home during my time in Da Ville,   It was part of the Disciple of Christs denomination, and one of the places in which I first started to meet people after I moved there.

I loved its social justice mission, the AIDS services, being part of Bardstown Road Aglow, the jazz concerts and it being a century old.  One of the first events I participated in mere days after I moved there was an AIDS Walk

Sadly it closed after 106 years of service to the Highland community, and I couldn't make it up there for the final service in that building..

7.  Rev. Sally McClain 

Rev Sally was one of the first people I met after I arrived in Louisville, and you have to love a minter who not only has a gregarious personality, it's combined with a formidable intellect and a wicked sense of humor.

Her male theological counterparts on The Moral Side Of the News show that she was a panelist on found out quickly about that formidable intellect.

And I loved the stuffed Cartman doll on her church office bookshelf.

I also love the fact that Rev. Sally's sermons were to the point.   She could say in 10 to 15 what would take the average Baptist preacher hours to do.

She's now retired, but still a panelist on The Moral Side of the News giving the boys fits.

8.  Fairness Campaign

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That building on Frankfort Avenue that is the home of Louisville and Kentucky's premier TBLGQ organization was the epicenter of my Louisville activism.   I did phone banks in it.  taught Lobbying 101 to rookie activists, did candidate screenings there  and attended many meetings in its walls when I served on the Fairness Campaign board and it's C-FAIR PAC board as its secretary

I also was a finalist to become the head of the Fairness Campaign, which unfortunately I didn't get.

The time I spent with Fairness folks was instrumental in me becoming and being a better advocate when i returned home, and still have much love for the Fairness peeps I met there.

9.  The Cards vs Cats hatefest
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One of the question I was asked that I deflected with the comment "I like both" until I pointed the moving van south was which one of Kentucky's universities was I a fan of in either the Louisville Cardinals or the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Cards-Cats hatefest is the University of Texas-Texas A&M rivalry on steroids.   The schools are only 60 miles apart on I-64 and play in different conferences  (SEC and ACC), but they reflect their cities and their rabid fan bases.

I used to get a chuckle out of watching both sides try to recruit me to Cats or Cards Nation as they threw shady insults at each other.   I had friend in both Cats and Cards Nation, and it was entertaining to me watching their reactions when UK and U of L played each other.

You can bet that no matter what sport they play, the game , especially if it's their annual post-Christmas basketball showdown will be sold out at either The Yum Center or Rupp Arena and the trash talking will go on until next year's game and at family picnics and other events..

10,  The drives to nearby cities

One of the benefits of living in Louisville was the because of it's geographic location and sitting at the junction of I-65 and I-64 , the ability to do a road trip to nearby cities.   Louisville was only an hour from Lexington, 1.5 hours from Indianapolis and Cincinnati, 2 hours from Nashville, 3 hours from Columbus and St Louis, 5 hours from Memphis and Chicago, 6 hours from Atlanta, 7 hours to Charlotte, Cleveland ,and Milwaukee. and 10 hours to Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia

There were more than a few road trips I took with Dawn, Polar and , some of which I talked about on the blog

11.  KingFish

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Another one of my fave places to eat in Louisville that was unique to the city.  I used to love the location on River Road that had views of the Ohio River and the barges gliding by as you dined

Image result for Kentucky Derby festival12.  Derby Week

In the runup to the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby, there is a multiweek festival chock full of events that is kicked off by the massive Thunder over Louisville fireworks show and a military airshow during the day over the river.

In addition to the parades and balls, you had celebrities flying into town for the Oaks and Derby and all the parties hosted by various people and organizations.

One of the major ones happened mere blocks from where I used to live in which Priscilla Barnstable Brown (one of the 1970's Doublemint gum twins who were both from Da Ville) hosted a Derby party that drew Hollywood celebrities and local celeb watchers

Even our local TBLGQ community had our own party that used to happen before and during the Derby, but got shifted to the later evening.

13.  Crescent Hill

It's the neighborhood I lived in from late 2003 until I moved back home, and I lived on Grinstead Drive across the street from the odious Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  

Besides the negative of waking up and flipping the finger at the transphobic seminary that was outside and across the street from my bedroom window, I was around the corner from the Crescent Hill Reservoir, the library, all those amazing restaurants, coffeehouses and shops on Frankfort Avenue.  I also had some cool neighbors like the Burchfield's.  The best part was I was in walking distance of a Walgreen's that sold Blue Bell.  

Image result for Slugger Field14.  Louisville Slugger Field

Louisville's Triple A baseball stadium that was on the river in the shadow of downtown and I-65 and the home of the Louisville Bats, the Cincinnati Reds farm club.  

It's named for the Lousiville Slugger bat, which is manufactured a few blocks west of the ballpark, and has an amazing museum and tour of the facility in which upon its conclusion you get a min Slugger bat

But don't take that bat in your carryon luggage.  It WILL get snatched by TSA security at the airport.
Went to a few Bats games while i was there and did get to see Joey Votto and Aroldis Chapman play there before they headed up I-71 to play for the Reds.

Slugger Field will be the host of this year's ACC Baseball tournament that got relocated because of HB 2.    Mayor Fischer and the city of Louisville thank you for that Pat McCrory

Image result for Rep John Yarmuth15.  Rep. John Yarmuth

My congressman for the remaining time I lived in Da Ville who snatched the seat from Rep. Anne Throwup, Northup (R-KY).

Until 2006, Northup managed to keep her seat in heavily Democratic Louisville by hoodwinking and bamboozling fools at two Black megachurches (St Stephen and Canaan) and several sellout ministers into thinking she was a human rights warrior when that 'F' on her NAACP Congressional Report card said otherwise.   Those hoodwinked Black voters were the difference in many of her wins in the 10 year she managed to hold it..

Yarmuth founded and owned the alternative weekly the Louisville Eccentric Observer, AKA known as the LEO, and was a relentless critic of Northrup before he ousted her from that congressional seat.  

He donates his congressional salary to local liberal progressive organizations, and I had more than a few conversations and interactions with him before I came home

16.  The Highlands

The first Louisville neighborhood I lived in and loved because it was diverse and like Crescent Hill had a mie mix of shops.  I also loved the fact (but my waistline didn't) I had a Dairy Queen, KFC, Arby's, a 24 hour Mickey D's, Speedway and Buffalo Wild Wings in walking distance of the old house.

17.  Bardstown Road Aglow 
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The neighborhood festival along the Bardstown Road corridor that kicks off the Christmas season that happens the first Saturday of December rain. snow or shine.   Businesses, organizations and churches opened their doors to the folks walking up and down the road as carolers and vendors handled their business.

What Edenside would do is open our door and offer hot cider, Christmas cookies and other snacks.
DJ Moni spinning Christmas tunes with soul came later.

18.  Kizito's Cookies

I got introduced to this delightful treat before I moved there in September 2001, and lived next door for two years to their creator in Ugandan born Elizabeth Kizito.  

The Cookie Lady as she's known in Da Ville, came to the US in 1975 to attend school, and moved to Louisville in 1978.

In addition to this award winning businesswoman selling African crafts out of her Bardstown Road store that is also the bakery for their wide assortment of baked goods, she sold them at Slugger Field,  the St James Art Festival, the Derby Festival and other events around town while wearing a basket full of her delicious treats on her head.

She started the cookie business in 1987, and now 30 years later the are now sold in stores all over Louisville and online.

That reminds me, need to order some more snickerdoodles and chocolate chip ones.

19.  University of Louisville and the LGBT Center 

While I'm still waiting for that opportunity to be tapped as a keynote speaker for U of L's Pride Week, I did get a few opportunities to be either part of panels or attend events on their campus in the time I lived there..

Got to know Brian Buford, who is the head of the LGBT Center, law professor Sam Marcosson, who I had some interesting discussion with during my time there and actually did a panel with in the wake of the 2008 election.  Y'all already know I have much love and respect for Dr Story, and miss the late Dr Blaine Hudson, who I loved as a historian and got me up to speed on my Louisville history I also got to witness while I was there U of L take the steps it did to become one of the most LGBTQ freindly campuses in the South and get much deserved recognition for it.

20.   The Louisville trans community

Some of you longtime TransGriot readers have seen my posts about my award winning roommate trans leader, and homegirl Dawn Wilson, who was responsible along with Polar for getting me to move there instead of the ATL and is now a human rights commissioner in the city.  

She and Polar also took time out of their lives to come to Houston and help me move there, and a contingent of Louisville community trans folks was there when I arrived to help me move into the old Grinstead house in the Cave hill Cemetery curve and welcome me to the area.

Cave Hill BTW, is where Colonel Sanders, the KFC founder was laid to rest.

But she was just one of the wonderful trans people I got to know once I moved there like Amirage Saling, Alana Montgomery,  LynAnne Evans, Erica, Shemiyia O'Bannon-Sweeney, Holly Knight, Cindy Lee and others who crossed my path during my time there.

There were Sienna meetings I went to from time to time, and a memorable outing to a Halloween Rocky Horror screening weeks after I moved there.

Unfortunately one of the people I met there is no longer with us and is one of the people we memorialized during the 2008 TDOR in Nakhia Williams.  The waste of DNA who killed her is now rotting in jail BTW. .

21.   Halloween On Hillcrest Avenue

There was a cluster of homes on Hillcrest Ave between Frankfort Ave and Brownsboro Road that in the runup to Halloween would go all out in decorating for it.   Some of the decorations were political, which thrilled me even more besides my fave house on the street in Dante's Disco Inferno

It got so popular that LMPD ended up blocking off Hillcrest on the Frankfort Ave and Brownsboro road ends of hillcrest Avenue to accommodate all the people from around the are who wanted to see as I called it Nightmare on Hillcrest Avenue..

22.   The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

It's interesting to note that the LPTS and SBTS are less than a mile apart distance wise, but light years apart on their acceptance of trans people.   The 'Good Seminary' as we called it, has been since 2002 the host of the Louisville TDOR events.

I was honored to be the keynote speaker for their inaugural TDOR in 2002 and again in 2003, the first one we held inside the Caldwell Chapel, part of the planning committee for a few of them, and on some Trans 101 panels on the LPTS campus..

23.   Horse country

Sometime when we would visit Dawn's relatives in Lexington or were there for various events, , we'd detour for a few miles through the horse farms in the area.

It was fun not only looking at those farms but seeing the colts and fillies running through the grass or grazing

24.   Keeneland

Image result for keenelandSince Dawn grew up in Lexington, we would make a trip to Keeneland at the beginning of their fall racing season

The best part of going in the fall was checking out the fall foliage on the trees in the backside curve and people watching.

And I used to love Keeneland's announcer.  On one of our trip a horse named Scripture stumbled out of the gate as the race started, and he said "Scripture kneels to pray at the start'"

Turned out that stumble was more serious than it looked when the horse ambulance rolled over there when the race was completed, and they had to euthanize him lated because he broke both his front legs.

In addition to getting to hang out with my chose family and getting to leave the city for a few hours, occasionally I won enough for dinner at Columbia Steak House after our day at the races.

25.  The Comfy Cow

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It opened not long after I left Louisville, but the concept for it was percolating in its founders minds while I lived here starting in 2007.  I got introduced to their ice cream during my 2014 visit.

The Comfy Cow was another mandatory Louisville foodie stop I had to make when I visited the city, and I destroyed some of their salted caramel ice cream.

Yep, they sell it online.   I may have to get some as a Christmas present or if somebody is feeling the holiday spirit,  they can ship me some.

Shut Up Fool Awards- First Friday Of December Edition

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It's the first Friday of the last month of the year, and that means we're less than 30 days from starting 2017.   While Christmas Day is circled on many people's calendars, so is December 19, the day the electors meet in state capitols across the country and execute the final act of the 2016 election cycle.

Just a reminder of where I stand on Dear Cheeto Leader,  he's still #notmypresident

Anyway,  let's get to this week's Shut Up Fool Awards

Honorable mention number one is Tomi Lahren, who shows that she's still clueless about a lot of subjects in this Daily Show interview.

Honorable mention number two is Scarlett Johansson, who called for people to keep pushing for diversity in Hollywood while getting paid for whitewashing a Japanese cyborg cop in the big screen adaptation of the anime classic Ghost In The Shell.

Can you say hypocrisy people?  

Honorable mention number three is Dear Cheeto Leader, AKA Donald Trump, just pick a jacked up comment this week./

Honorable mention number four is Aym Icon, the CEO of Transcendence Icon Company for this problematic comment about Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson

Not even close to being humorous.

Honorable mention number five is North Carolina's one term governor Pat McCrory, who in the wake of losing on November 8 is acting like Gollom from the Lord of the Rings in terms of giving up the governor's chair.

Hey Pat, your transphobic azz lost.  The majority of NC citizens fired your behind.  Get over it and vacate the governor's chair.

This week's shut up fool  loser is Kellyanne Conway.

Kellyanne Conway speaks to CNN (screen grab)She's still bitter that her boy is not only reviled by 63 million Americans and counting, she's still deliberately forgetting that he's not only supported by white supremacists, they used racism to get Trump elected and he appointed one as his White House advisor

So she can attempt to spin that all she wants, those of us who watched that campaign and are grounded in reality know better.

Yeah yeah, you won.   But you did so by stoking racism, and you'll go down in history for that.   I'm not forgetting or forgiving that you and your campaign team stoked hatred of non white Americans in order to get your candidate elected, and there's no coming back or normalizing that with me, non white Americans and Clinton supporters.

It's also why we're not going to get over November 8 ,2016 and why a majority of Americans aren't looking forward to January 20.

Kellyanne Conway, shut up  fool!.

TransGriot 2016 NFL Picks -Week 13

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We've now moved into the final month of the NFL regular season.   While some teams are fighting for playoff position, others are jockeying for the number one NFL pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

Right now, that team with a seeming lock on the number one draft pick is the 0-for-2016 Cleveland Browns.   Unfortunately for the city's sports longsuffering sports fans who have been rewarded for their loyalty with an NBA title courtesy of the Cavs and a 2016 World Series appearance in which they fell in seven thrilling games to the Chicago Cubs, the Browns are flirting with historic futility.

They are staring at joining the 1960 Dallas Cowboys, the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 1982 Baltimore Colts and 2008 Detroit Lions just to name a few of the eleven winless teams in NFL history that played 8 or more games.

With their remaining games at home against the Bengals and Chargers and road games with the Bills and Steelers, they are looking more and more like unless those four teams have a extremely bad day, the Browns are going to finish 0-16.  

Speaking of records,  Mike won Week 12  thanks to my Texans doing a Cleveland Browns impersonation and throwing away a winnable home game against the Chargers, the Titans pulling off the upset on the Bears, and the Vikings being in the holiday spirit on Turkey Day and fumbling the ball deep in their own territory in overtime and handing them the game on a platter.

Bitch session is over, time to pull up the big girl panties and handle my prognostication business

Let's get to this week's picks.   Only 15 games this week since the Browns and Titans Traitors are on their bye week. , Mike's picks are here, and mine will be in bold print with home team in CAPS

NFL Week 12 Results                               2016 NFL Season Results

TransGriot  11-5                                         TransGriot    114-62-2
Mike           12-4                                          Mike            110-66-2
Eli                ---                                            Eli                  --

Thursday Night Game
Cowboys over VIKINGS

Sunday Early Games
PACKERS over Texans
Chiefs over FALCONS
SAINTS at Lions
PATRIOTS over Rams
Broncos over JAGUARS
BENGALS over Eagles
RAVENS over Dolphins
BEARS over 49ers

Sunday Afternoon Games
RAIDERS over Bills
STEELERS over Giants
Washington over CARDINALS
Buccaneers over CHARGERS

Sunday Night Game 
SEAHAWKS over Panthers

Monday Night Game
Colts over JETS

World AIDS Day 2016

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Today is World AIDS Day, in which the world pauses to remember the people we have lost due to the HIV pandemic and celebrate the progress we are making as a global community toward eradicating it by 2030.

Here in the United States, it's taking on an added significance as we are facing dealing with an administration that is being staffed with science deniers and incompetent LGBTQ bigots.

This year's theme for World AIDS Day is 'Hands Up For HIV Prevention', and there will be events around to world to mark the occasion.    One of the World AIDS Day events is the annual one that is held at Legacy Health Center in Montrose. that I last attended two years ago.

I've lost two cousins and many friends and acquaintances to AIDS.   There are people that I love and care about inside and outside the trans community who are at this moment dealing with living with HIV.   It's one of the reason why I want to see a cure for HIV/AIDS in my lifetime.

Here's the statement from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe concerning World AIDS Day and the international progress being made against the pandemic.

I'm proud to note that Ashton Woods, Tiommi Luckett and Arianna Lint were named to this year's POZ 100 List     This year's list focused on the South, and the POZ 100 List shines a deserved spotlight on the fierce advocates who are fighting to eradicate HIV/AIDS in our community.

One of the national trans led initiatives to fight HIV infection and transmission in the trans community is one coordinated by the Transgender Law Center's Cecilia Chung called  Positively Trans 

One of the issues that we deal with in Trans World and have for some time is HIV   We do have some of our people and some of our amazing trans leaders who are dealing with living with HIV and as the 2012 death of Alexis Rivera pointed out, dying from it.u,

So yes, it is important trans peeps to know your status and get tested on a regular basis so that if you are HIV -, you stay that way and if you're HIV +, you can begin to get treatment for it.

2015 US Trans Survey Report Release Event Coming December 8

I'm eagerly anticipating an event that is going to take place at the National Press Club on December 8 .
The report from the 2015 US Trans Survey will be released on that date, and it is the larges trans survey ever conducted to date with over 28,000 participants  

While trans people have been getting increasing attention in the media, we still need data about our community to educate advocates, the media, policymakers, educators and legislators about our lives, and this USTS  is going to become like the 2011 'Injustice At Every Turn survey an important tool in backing up our policy concerns with data.

It is also being released at a crucial time in our community's history with an administration coming in that will be the polar opposite of the trans friendly Obama Administration.

The event will be livestreamed starting at 12 PM CST and you'll be able to  watch it courtesy of this link. 

Moni's On Queer Voices Once Again!

Just a reminder for those of you in the Houston area that I'll once again be headed to the KPFT-FM studios later tonight to be on the Queer Voices radio show.

I'm scheduled to chat about with the Queer Voices on air team about recent developments in TBLGQ World, the 2016 election and our upcoming 2017 Texas legislative session along with whatever else we can fit into that time I'll be on air.

I'm scheduled to be on starting at 8:35 PM CST, and for those of who can't pick up KPFT-FM on your radio dial at 90.1 FM or who don't live in the Houston area you can check out their livestream of it.

Should be a fun and interesting conversation with Jack, Bryan and Jenifer tonight and looking forward to it.

One Month To Christmas Day 2016

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We are one month away from Christmas Day 2016, and we already received a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings in terms of that unqualified dufus being elected president.

Here in Texas, my lousy lieutenant governor is ignoring other pressing state problems such as the public school finance situation by pushing anti trans hatred with HB 82, a clone of North Carolina's failed Hate Bill 2 as the Rev Dr William J Barber II calls it.

Tea Klux Klan senator Konni Burton (R-Fort Worth) just four days before TDOR, filed the unjust SB 242, which would not only force teachers and school administrators to out TBLGQ kids to their parents, but bar school districts from passing rules to ignore it.

Sigh. once again we have Texas Republicans making sure we can't go more than a week without the Lone Star State being a national embarrassment by excelling in oppressing people.

Normally I would ask as part of my holiday season Christmas wishes for the trans community to not be hated on for the holidays, but seems like the Republican Party and the transphobes got the jump on me this year.

And with Trump's (yuck) election, the transphobic haters have become even more emboldened to let their transphobic bigotry fly, even in TBLGQ World.

See Milo Yiannopoulos as a prime example of that rainbow flag waving transphobic hate.

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So what does an out trans person do during the holidays?  This one damned sure isn't going back into the closet as the haters wish for us to do.   She is standing her ground, being more in your face visible and ready to fight for her human rights .

Yes, I realize the holidays can suck, and this 2016 holiday season has the potential to be a depressing one.   Hell, I've gone through being being depressed for the holidays at points in my life and have an understanding of what it feels like.

Depression is temporary.   Life is precious.   Back in 2007, I was depressed to the point where it took me writing my way out of it to get back to my every day self.   But the point I'm making is that I'm here to talk about it.

I understand that if you aren't connected to your family, combined with anti-trans hatred being aimed at you on an almost daily basis, can make the holidays excruciatingly more depressing to the point that some of you are contemplating extreme measures like taking your own life.

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Your best revenge against what is happening right now is living for a better day, not taking your own life.   That only pleases the TERF's, the professional transphobes and the conservative movement if you take your own life.  It also robs our community of not only getting a chance to know and bond with your fabulous self, it robs us of the unique talents you possess that will contribute to making our trans community better..  

You living your life as an unapologetic trans person is a powerful revolutionary act.  The reason the haters despise you is because you have done the one thing they can't bring themselves to do, which is live as their true selves.   By doing that, you have become a powerful human being who is part of an international community of people, and the haters are deathly afraid of that power you possess inside of you.  But in order to realize and develop that power, you have to be alive to do so.

Now if only you could recognize what I just told you and believe it
As a trans person, you are also part of the diverse mosaic of human life.  Your life matters not only to me  but to everyone in our community.   It is worth fighting for.

If you're having some issues this holiday season. find a supportive friend, blood or chosen family member to talk to.   Trans Lifeline is also available if you don't have someone to chat with about what's bothering you at 877-565-8860 in the US or 877-330-6366 in Canada.

We have one month until Christmas Day 2016.   Let's get through it together, shall we? .

Target Stands With Us- Stand With Them This Holiday Season

As Dr. King once said,  the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he sands in times of conflict and controversy

Corporations and their leaders can also be judged by that same standard, and so far Target is passing with flying colors in standing with the trans community.

Since the unjust HB 2 passed in North Carolina and Republican controlled legislatures started proposing bills to oppress trans people, Target has been standing firm on its policy for employees and shoppers that you use the restroom in its stores based on your gender presentation.

When questioned about it in a CNBC Squawk Box interview in the face of threats from the American Fascist Family Association of a boycott, Target CEO Brian Cornell stood with our community

The AFA boycott they launched back in April has failed, but the professional TBLGQ community haters have made renewed calls to boycott Target and other companies during this holiday season.  

We trans peeps need to be there in support of a company that supports us.   So whenever possible, spend your holiday T-bills with a company that respects your humanity.   Show corporate America that supporting trans people is good for their fiscal bottom line

Target stands with the trans community.  Let's stand with them this holiday season.