Saturday, August 19, 2017

Happy Transgender Pride Flag Day!

Today is the anniversary of the day 18 years ago that Navy veteran Monica Helms came up with the design of the transgender pride flag that is increasingly coming into widespread use around the world.

Helms came up with the design in 1999, and first showed it at a pride parade in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.

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The Helms trans pride flag is designed so that no matter which way it is held horizontally, it is always correct, signifying us finding correctness in our lives.   The blue stripes are for trans masculine persons, the pink for trans feminine persons, and the white center stripe is for those who are intersex, gender non conforming or don't consider themselves to have a gender..

The original trans pride flag she created was donated to the Smithsonian an August 19, 2014 as part of their American LGBTQ hisotry collection, and was on display in the White House during the 2016 LGBT Pride reception hosted by President Obama

Happy Transgender Pride Flag Day!

Is It Health and Human Services Texas Policy To Harass Trans Texans?


Was not happy to hear about the latest instance of anti- trans discrimination in my hometown and who it happened to.

Ana Andrea Molina is the executive director of the Organizacion Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT), which works to provide services for the trans Latina population.

One of those services is setting up a trans shelter modeled after Casa Ruby in Washington DC called Casa Ana Andrea in Houston's Third Ward just south of the Texas Southern University campus.

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On Tuesday she went to the Health and Human Services Texas office at 9450 Harwin Dr. in her capacity as OLTT executive director to gather information about services that her trans Latina clients could access.

While there she needed to use the restroom, and asked where it was so she could handle her business before proceeding with her information gathering business.

She was followed by an employee and the security guard in the Harwin facility, who after she entered the women's restroom decided to play potty Gestapo.  The transphobes continuously banged on the door of the women's restroom ordering her to come out and use the men's room, erroneously citing the failed SB 3 as their justification for being transphobic bigots.

Molina ignored them and didn't come out until after she'd handled her bathroom business and washed her hands.

This is also another example of the transphobic hate speech the Texas Republican Party unleashed while trying and failing twice to pass their anti-trans SB6/3 bill having real world negative impacts on the every day lives of transgender Texans.

Image may contain: 4 people, outdoorBut what the transphobes didn't know is that hey messed with someone who is well liked in the Houston advocacy community..

The next day she showed up at that facility accompanied by members of Indivisible Houston to file a complaint with the facility supervisor protesting her treatment.  

I walked in wearing a trans themed t-shirt with 'My Existence Is Resistance' written in Spanish accompanied by four cis feminine allies, and strolled into that same female bathroom with them basically daring them to treat me the same way they'd disrespectfully treated my Latina trans sister.

Someone in that office called HPD, who responded by sending three units to that Harwin location. While two of the HPD officers were polite, one was problematically aggressive, and threatened arrest of everyone if we didn't disperse.

Having gotten the complain form and sending the message we needed to send, we left peacefully .

The Harwin office is in the Texas senate district of Sen. Borris Miles (D-Houston) and Ana happens to be a constituent of his.  She is also in the House district of a longtime friend of the Texas trans community in Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), who also isn't happy about what transpired, along with Rep Gene Wu (D-Houston) and Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston).  That office is in Rep. Wu's House district, and he is also a friend of our community.  

People from our local ACLU office are also looking into what happened.

So yeah, they messed with the wrong person., and I'll keep y'all updated as to how this transphobic discrimination story plays out

Friday, August 18, 2017

Number 17- RIP Gwynevere River Song

While the Texas trans community is celebrating the fact that we killed SB 3 and other odious anti-trans bills during this Special Oppression Session, we are also lamenting the loss of the 17th person we have lost to anti-trans violence and the second Texan we have lost in 2017.

26 year old Gwynevere River Song was shot and killed following an argument in the Dallas suburb of Waxahachie, TX  on August 12.   The Ellis County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the murder, and as the details come out, will pass them along to you TransGriot readers

Gwyn was a 2015 graduate of the University of Texas, loved science fiction and her mother Marcella Mosher supported her transition. Gwyn also used they/them pronouns in addition to she.

And yes Dan Patrick, Lois Kolkhorst, Rom Simmons and the Texas Republican Party, her blood is on your hands.

Hee memorial service will take place in her native Waxahachie at the Wayne Boze Funeral Home on August 21, and the community is invited to attend.    It is located at 1826 US-287 BUS in that city starting at 2 PM.,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

They Tried To Tell You Trump Was Unfit To Serve As POTUS

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And y'all were too caught up in your fee fees to listen, or arrogantly thought you knew better than the Black POTUS or the white female former secretary of state who is qualified to be president of the United States.

So now we're all suffering because of your lack of progressive political vision.

And yes far left people.  I'll be reminding you of your ginormous error in judgement from now until November 2020, assuming Orange Julius doesn't blow up the planet between now and then,

Here's Hillary boldly saying it



And President Obama



You were warned. so don't start saying jack about how incompetent Dolt 45 is when you knew the only thing standing between him and the Oval Office was Clinton.

'Spirit Of The Confederacy' Has Got To Go

The local Robert E. Lee chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy erected a 12 foot tall statue of a bronze angel in Sam Houston Park downtown that was erected in January 1908 called 'The Spirit of the Confederacy'.

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Over the last year in Houston we have seen HISD rename eight schools named for Confederate heroes and the renaming of Dowling Street to Emancipation Avenue.

Yesterday I joined several of my Houston activist friends during the public comment session at City Hall in calling for the city of Houston to remove that statue from this public park.

This statue is nothing more than the perpetuation of the Lost Cause lie.  The Spirit of the Confederacy  is nothing more than the failed attempt to keep my ancestors perpetually enslaved

That statue needs to go.

TransGriot Update:  A rally is being held at 3 PM Saturday to call attention to this Jim Crow monument that needs to go.

Texas Special Oppression Session Is Over!

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Earlier this afternoon  we Texas activists who have been fighting SB 6, SB 3 and other anti-trans hate bills heard the words we've wanted to hear:  Sine Die!

The Special Oppression Session ended when the Texas House adjourned without calling hearings on the unjust Senate passed SB 6 or on Rep. Ron Simmons' HB 46 or HB 50 anti-trans hate bills.   The Texas Senate did so a few hours later .

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While the GOP transphobes like Kolkhorst and Patrick were lamenting that development, Texas transgender people and our allies are celebrating this huge win.

Don't mess with Texas trans people.   And don't mess with our Texas trans kids.

The Texas trans community, along with the parents of trans kids, Texas based advocacy orgs, legislators, the Texas business community, Texas progressive pastors and our allies testified, phone banked and did what was necessary to kill these bills.

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Will Gov Abbott call another special session and waste $800,000 more of our tax dollars to try to pass SB 6 and other anti-trans hate bills?   Just the discussion of these bills has cost Texas $66 million dollars of convention business as the Texas Republican Party tried to pass anti-trans oppression for their political gain.

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While Lt Governor 'Potty Dan' Patrick tried to spin this defeat and claim that 'the people' will demand in the next session to pass the anti-trans hate bills, I think fair minded Texans have already resoundingly spoken in the 2015 and 2017 regular and special sessions about how we feel about these attempts to legislate anti-trans oppression.

And if Patrick tries to pass anti-trans oppression in Texas in the next session, we'll be there in force to combat it.

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I hope those same fair minded Texans will do to Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, Potty Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott, Rep Ron Simmons, and every Texas senator and representative who either sponsored or supported these bills do what was done to Rep Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) and Rep. Gilbert Pena (R-Pasadena) in 2016:   Make them ex-legislators.

Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.  (DINO-Brownsville) is also high on my make him an ex legislator list.

So what's next?   I predict the Texas GOP will try to oust Joe Straus as speaker before they attempt to call another Special Oppression Session.   He is one of the major reasons Texas didn't go down the disastrous road North Carolina did..

But in the interim, the Texas Trans Forces of Light have once again defeated the Texas GOP Forces of Trans Oppression.   We can exhale and celebrate our win today, but we must prefare for and be ready for the next clash with the conservative forces attempting to oppress us.
     

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

She Tried To Warn Y'all About The Deplorables...

But some of you Green Tea Party fools were too busy hatin' on her, caught up in your Bernie feelings,  believing everything RussiaLeaks and jive turkey Julian Assange said that was negative about Hillary Clinton.

Still think she's 'worse than Trump?'    If you do, you're as delusional as Dolt 45. .

She was the only viable candidate in this race, and the only person standing between Trump and the Oval Office, and some of y'all were too stupid to see it.

Anyway, just to remind you what she said since some of you obviously missed it the first time, here's the video.



And she didn't stop there. She called out Alex Jones and the white supremacist movement, too




We could have had this woman as our president.   Instead we have a know nothing racist idiot.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Moni's Charlottesville Thoughts

As I arose from my busy Saturday at Netroots Nation, the word started circulating here about the white supremacist rally going on in Charlottesville, VA and the tiki torch carrying fools that has now resulted in the deaths of three people.

And this fool in the picture, Peter Cvjetanovic now upset because his picture will forever consume his destiny as one of the angry racists who gathered on this less than proud day in American history

Hey homes, that's why your Klancestors wore hoods.  That way they couldn't be identified when they did their racist crap.   I'm glad y'all are arrogant enough to reveal yourselves so we know who our enemy is.

But I'm not as concerned about these tiki torch carrying Nazis than I am about the white supremacists who have the power to write legislation that perpetuates the problems that white supremacy causes.

I'm more concerned about the white supremacists who have infiltrated our,military, our law enforcement ranks, and who teach our kids.  I'm also concerned about the white supremacists who wear fashion forward pumps

Image result for charlottesville vaI'm also concerned about the people who through their silence and inaction, condone the behavior of the white supremacists in their midsts, and it's past time for you good white people to prove it through action and come get your racist cousins.

But as shameful as these Nazis and Klansmen rallying was, what was even more disgusting was Trump's morally bankrupt reaction to it.

No Dolt 45, it isn't 'both sides', it was only one side bringing the violence, and it was the white supremacist one who endorsed your campaign and as David Duke reminded us, put you in office.

 It is your racist campaign that led to what happened in Charlottesville and emboldened the racist cockroaches to come scurrying out into the light.   Your cowardly silence will only encourage more racist acts by them, not end it. and I have zero confidence in your misadministration's willingness to confront them.

It's time once and for all to destroy white supremacy before it destroys the country

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hail To The New Pundit Cup Champion!

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One of the things I was here in Atlanta for was for the semifinals and finals of the fourth annual Pundits Cup competition.   So what's the Pundit Cup?  It's a judged competitive punditry competition in which contestants pick a topic and go one on one against an opponent in a tournament style competition for a $500 prize.

I'm the 2016 champion of the event, and I was there to be a judge for the finals of it.    

Was happy to see an increase in the number of women, and especially women of color participating in the event and it was definitely more competitive than the #NN16 Pundit Cup competition I won.  

To illustrate the stepped up level of competition at the #NN17  , Bo Shuff, the person I beat in last year's semifinals, was knocked out in the round of 16 by the eventual champion Tenaja Jordan.  

But before Tenaja could claim the crown, she had to get through a tough semifinal round with Sarah Badawi and the final with my fellow Texan Chuck Rocha.

Tenaja handled her punditry business, and emerged from the competition as the 2017 Pundit Cup champion   She has become the third consecutive woman to win the title.

Congrats Tenaja!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Moni's In The ATL For #NN17

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For the first time since 2004, I'm actually spending some extended time in Fulton County and not transiting the ATL airport as I've done a few times since then to make connecting flights either to or from Houston.

It's the first of two trips I'll mate to Atlanta over the next several weeks, and I'm here for my second consecutive Netroots Nation conference.  Compared to my maiden 2012 Netroots Nation experience in Providence and last year in St. Louis, it's going to a be a busy one for me with three panel discussion and making an appearance during the Pundit Cup as last year's champion.

And even better I didn't have to fly Spirit to get here since this is Delta's mother hub.

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Unlike last year in St. Louis, I'm at the convention hotel this time, which means I'll get to hang out a little bit longer and talk to convention attendees.   Also looking forward to bumping into old friends and meeting new ones.

And once again for those of you attending #NN17, I don't bite.  If I'm not enroute to a panel or a meeting, I'll always have time to talk to people at these events.  

Don't be shy, say hi!