Saturday, September 30, 2017

Air Force Academy Superintendent Calls Out Racism On AFA Campus

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“There is absolutely no place in our Air Force for racism. It’s not who we are, nor will we tolerate it in any shape or fashion. The Air Force strives to create a climate of dignity and respect for all. Period."-Lt Gen Jay Silveria 
The US Air Force Academy is located in Colorado Springs, CO, the same city that is the headquarters of the nefarious right wing group Focus on the Family. 

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Been hearing some disturbing stories over the last few years about faith based infiltration of the AFA  and the Air Force to the point that there's a derisive joke that states 'What Would Jesus Bomb? 

Like everywhere else in the country, the hatred has gone off the chain since Trump's election, and on Monday, hate messages with ''go home n*****s' were discovered scrawled on the whiteboards of five Black cadets at the AFA Preparatory School 

Lt. Gen Jay Silveria, the superintendent of the US Air Force Academy, addressed thousands of students about the attack, and this is the response 45 should have had in the aftermath of Charlottesville instead of coddling the Nazis.




Bravo, Lt. Gen. Silveria.  This is what leadership looks like.

Dawn Still Needs Help To Rep Team USA In Slovenia

I posted this back on August 6 about my homegirl Dawn Wilson  qualifying for the USA veterans fencing world championship team and trying to raise $3,000 to cover the expenses for her upcoming trip to maribor, Slovenia and the FIE Veterans World Fencing tournament set to kick off there on October 15.

So far she's only raised a little over $1,200 of the $3500 she's set as the target that she wishes to reach.

I know we have had several natural disasters that have gotten people's deserved attention.   but can y'all spear $1, $5, $10, $20 or more if you can to help her reach her goal.

Help a sister out so she can get to Slovenia and have a shot at bringing home world championship  gold (or silver, or bronze)

Here's the link to the GoFundMe 



Why Only 20 Trans Murders?

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I've gotten questions as to why in my 2017 tracking of anti- trans murders on TransGriot, I have only counted 20 people killed.    I've also gotten questions from people who want to argue the point about Kashmire  Redd being the first trans masculine person killed in 2017

I know the original founder of the Remembering our Dead list in Gwen Smith, and I use her standards for tracking anti-trans murders. 

I'm also striving for accuracy as I compile this list of our fallen trans siblings since I'm quite aware that I'm followed by more than a few media outlets

One of the things we don't count in the overall total is police involved shootings.  Unless the police officer in question is indicted for murder, I can't legitimately consider that trans person's death via a police confrontation an trans bias motivated murder.

It's why I don't count Sean Hake and Kiwi Herring's deaths in this year's trans statistics.   That's a separate issue with many variables in it.  . 

As per the Remembering Our Dead list standards, neither do I count suicides in my TransGriot  Remembering Our Dead count.   This may sound harsh, but a person who has committed suicide took their own life.   A person who is murdered had their life snuffed out by another person or persons.

Suicide is also another separate issue with many variables, and shouldn't be lumped in with people who were murdered.  Neither should the folks who died via police involvement

Also, another mistake I see on the other lists that is a serious irritant to me is in Brenda Bostick being listed as Kenneth Bostick.

Brenda Bostick was trans feminine.  The New York City coroner who performed the autopsy on Ms. Bostick found breasts and a penis, so translation, she is TRANS FEMININE.

So please stop disrespecting Ms Bostick by listing her with a masculine name and correct your lists ASAP.

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Another issue that has cropped up is Josie Berrios, who was murdered in Ithaca, NY  also went by the name of Kendra Marie Adams.    I've seen two lists that have listed BOTH names as if they were two Nope, that's not the case.

That being said, here are the 20 people we have lost so far to anti-trans murders in the US.

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Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28, Sioux Falls, SD
Mesha Caldwell, 41, Canton, MS
Jojo Striker, 23  Toledo, OH
Jaquarrius Holland, 18   Monroe, LA
Keke Collier, 24, Chicago, IL
Chyna Gibson, 31, New Orleans, LA
Ciara McElveen, 26, New Orleans, LA
Alphonza Watson, 38, Baltimore, MD
Chay Reed, 28, Miami, FL
Brenda Bostick, 59, New York, NY
Sherrell Faulkner, 46, Charlotte, NC
Kenne McFadden, 27, San Antonio, TX
Josie Berrios, 28, Ithaca, NY
Ava Le'Ray Barrin, 17, Athens, GA
Ebony Morgan, 28, Lynchburg, VA
Tee Tee Dangerfield, 32, College, Park, GA
Gwenevere River Song,  26, Waxahachie, TX
Kashmire Redd, 28, Gates, NY
Derricka Banner, 28, Charlotte, NC
Ally Steinfeld, 17  Cabool, MO   

So far in 2017 we have lost 16 Black trans people, 1 Native American, 1 Latina, and 2 White
15 of the 16 Black trans people we have lost in 2017 have been trans feminine, 1 trans masculine. 

Breaking it down by age, 3 have been in their teens, 11 in their 20's,  3 in their 30's, 2 in their 40's and one in their 50's. 

   

Thursday, September 28, 2017

TransGriot 2017 NFL Picks -Week 4

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We're a quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season, and it has been a tumultuous one so far.

Trump pissed off the NFLPA, Black NFL players and their mothers with his racist comments attacking them and Colin Kaepernick, and they responded with league wide anthem protests that even crossed The Pond for the Ravens- Jaguars game that was played in London.

Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson is proving that it was a wise move for the Texans to trade up in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft and get him as he threw for 301 yards and two TD in a narrow 36-33 loss to the defending NFL champs.

Now our rookie QB gets to take on the Tennessee Traitors, er Titans in a critical AFC South Division hatefest at NRG Stadium.    Nope, not gonna let it go they moved to Nashville.

In Week 3 there were a lot of upsets in this still young NFL season, but I got one of them right in picking the Bills over Denver to win this week and increase my slim lead over Mr. Watts to two games in our season long prognostication contest. . 

It's now time to handle my Week 4 NFL prognostication business.   Once again another 16 games, another one in London and another week of trying to get to my goal of a prognostication contest threepeat.

Team I'm picking to win in bold print.  Home team in CAPS, with Mike's Week 4 picks here.

Week 3 Results                                                                             2017 NFL Season Record
TransGriot  9-7                                                                              TransGriot  31-16
Mike           8-8                                                                               Mike          29-18


Thursday Night Game
PACKERS over Bears

Sunday London Game
Saints over DOLPHINS

Sunday Early Games
TEXANS over Titans
PATRIOTS over Panthers
Jaguars over JETS
Bengals over BROWNS
Steelers over RAVENS
Lions over VIKINGS
COWBOYS over Rams
FALCONS over Bills

Sunday Afternoon Games
Eagles over CHARGERS
CARDINALS over 49ers
Giants over BUCCANEERS
Raiders over BRONCOS

Sunday Night Game
SEAHAWKS over Colts 

Monday Night Game
CHIEFS over Washington

Honduran Trans Woman Running For Seat In Honduran Congress

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Trans women all over the world are stepping up to run for office in their various nations in large part because we recognize that we must be at the table helping to write the laws that govern us.

Running for office is happening even in nations with a history of being violently hostile to our existence.   Rihanna Ferrera is the latest trans Honduran to attempt to get elected to her nation's national legislative body in their upcoming November 26 elections.

Ferrera is running to represent the department of Francisco Morazan which contains the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa as a candidate for the center-left United Social democratic and Innovation (PINU) Party.  Honduran trans women have made two previous attempts in 2012 to get elected to the Honduran Congress.

Ferrera is also the co-founder of the Asociacion Cozumel Trans, a trans advocacy organization based in Tegucigalpa

Claudia Spellman and Victoria Gomez both attempted to do so that year as LIBRE Party candidates, but subsequently had to seek asylum in the US and Spain after receiving death threats. 

28 year old Kendra Stefany Jordany recently became in March the first trans Honduran to win a party primary in the nation, and is trying to get elected as a representative to the Central American Parliament  which is based in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Ferrera, should she be successful, would become not only the first trans Honduran elected to the national congress, she would also become the first trans person in North America. the seventh in the world and only the third in the Western Hemisphere to be elected to her national legislature

Danica's Unapologetically Trans Political Commercial

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As some of you are aware of, Danica Roem is taking on incumbent Delegate Bob Marshall (R) in a historic race for the District 13 seat that he's held since 1991 and used to be a relentless legislative oppressor to the Virginia TBLGQ community.

Roem won a four way primary race back in June to become the Democratic Party nominee in this race and earn the shot at taking down one of the TBLGQ community's longtime political enemies.

If she wins, she would not only became the first out trans person elected to a state legislative seat, she would become the first trans person elected to a US state legislature since since Althea Garrison did so in 1990. 

Bigot Bob is living up to his name by misgendering Danica, refusing to debate her and being a transphobic idiot on the campaign trail.

Danica fired back with this ad embracing her trans identity that Bigot Bob has been attacking.



Hope you Virginia TransGriot readers who live in District 13 are registered to vote and planning to help Danica make history in a few weeks. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

'Star' Season 2 Starts Tonight

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More Must See Trans TV action kicks off tonight with the season 2 debut of Star, the spinoff Empire show chronicling the rise of a girl group that has a major trans feminine character played by surprise surprise, an out Black trans woman in the lovely Amiyah Scott.

When we last saw Cotton, she was on a hospital gurney either about to get or recovering from her SRS, and handcuffs were being slapped on her. 

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There was also other drama in the Season 1 finale in which Hunter and Eva shady behinds were both killed by a hitman mistaking him for Jahil while he was in the middle of coitus with Eva. 

There's Alexandra's pregnancy and the BLM activist father of the child being possibly paralyzed after a car accident,  and Big Trouble winning the NextFest music contest.



While I'm not liking that part of Cotton being arrested, the fact remains that Amiyah is playing a major trans character on a hit television show that is now in its second season. 

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Besides my inquiring mind wanting to see how the group develops with Carlotta as their new manager and with a new name, I also want to see what happens in the relationship between Cotton and Carlotta, and now Jahil Rivera, the group's former manager who was revealed during Season 1 to be Cotton's biological father.

The Seson 2 fun on Star starts tonight at 8 PM CDT

Black and German

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One of the little known things about me is I took German in high school, and I have a cousin who is German. 

Black people have lived in Germany for 400 years, and there are an estimated 1 million Afro Germans in the nation today.  I was aware of that history because of the late EBONY managing editor Hans Massaquoi and his book about growing up Black in Nazi Germany called Destined to Witness.

Massaquoi, while being a naturalized American citizen, still considered Germany home.

That's one reason why I was thrilled to discover the Deutsche Welle documentary by German journalist Jana Pareigis (who is yes, Black and German) discussing the Afro German community

Pareigis is also a history maker.   She is the first Afro German to be a commentator on German television for the German news network Deutsche Welle and now is a co host on ZDN's morning show


   

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dale Hansen- Anthem Protests Not About Disrespecting The Flag

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"Maybe we all need to read our Constitution again. There has never been a better use of pen to paper. Our forefathers made freedom of speech the First Amendment. They listed 10, and not one of them says you have to stand during the anthem."
-Dale Hansen 


Whenever I spend time in Dallas, I'm watching WFAA-TV news and their legendary sportscaster and journalist Dale Hansen hoping to catch one of his Hansen Unplugged commentaries about topics from sports to politics.

It's time to post another video of his most recent one, in which he calls out folks who have a problem with Black NFL players protesting police brutality and the shoddy treatment of Black Americans during the national anthem. 

Two Perps In Amos Beede Murder Facing Justice

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Here's the update in the Amos Beede murder case.

Beede was the trans man killed in a Burlington VT homeless camp back in May 2016.   Five people, Erik Averill, Allison Gee, Myia Barber , Jordan Paul and Amber Dennis were arrested and charged with second degree murder for his death.

In March,  26 year old Allison Gee plead guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated assault in exchange for her testimony against the other four co-defendants.   She will serve five year in prison on a 15 year sentence, and be on indefinite probation for the remaining ten years of it.  If she violates probation, she goes back to jail to serve the remaining ten years of her sentence, 

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On September 14  a plea deal was reached with 24 year old Myia Barber, who plead guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter for her role in Beede's death.   She hasn't been sentenced yet, but is expected to get 10-15 years in prison.

She was set to go to trial later in September.

Two down, three to go.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Number 20- RIP Ally Lee Steinfeld

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Got home to discover the 20th trans person of 2017 has been murdered in 17 year old Ally Steinfeld of Missouri

Steinfeld was originally from Licking, MO, but had moved to St Louis.    Steinfeld had returned to the area and was living in Houston, MO before she disappeared on September 1, eight days before her 18th birthday on September 9.

And yes, Ally was initially misgendered by local media.

Her family, alarmed that she hadn't returned their messages, started searching for her on their own via social media before report her missing on September 14.  They received information that led them to contact Texas County, MO authorities and check out a farm belonging to 24 year old Briana Calderas in Cabool, MO, 70 miles east of Springfield, MO

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Steinfeld's burned remains and her cell phone were recovered on that farm. and Calderas, 18 year old Isis Schauer and 18 year old Andrew Vrba have been charged with her killing.

Vrba and his girlfriend Isis Schauer have been charged with first degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse.  Calderas has been charged with first degree murder and abandonment of a corpse

It is presumed that Steinfeld was killed by Vrba on September 3, who admitted he killed her in Calderas'  mobile home living room, and subsequently bragged about doing so 

The murder was grisly, with Steinfeld being stabbed multiple times, eyes gouged and had her genitals mutilated by Vrba.  Schauer and Calderas wrapped the body before moving it outside to burn it.  Schauer and Calderas bought items from two Walmart's located in Houston, MO and Mountain Grove, MO to aid the burning of Steinfeld's body.

Facebook messages between the trio led to the break in the case that Texas County law enforcement official needed to make an arrest.

A Go Fund Me has been started to aid the family with funeral expenses.  As of yet no word about a memorial service, but if I do receive word concerning one I will pass that info along as I receive it. 

And yes, will be keeping track of the legal case until our latest sister heinously taken from us receives justice.

Rest in power and peace Ally.

Being A Black Athlete Has Always Been Political

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With the conservafools getting all bent out of shape about Colin Kaepernick NFL anthem protests that are being joined by other NFL players, and now going viral thanks to 45's racist mouth, need to point out that being a Black athlete has always been intimately tied to politics.

From the hatred aimed Jack Johnson's way as heavyweight champion and beating a succession of 'Great White Hopes' challenging him for his title to Jesse Owens, Joe Louis, Jackie Robinson and  Serena Williams, athletic excellence has never been enough for the Black athlete.  They also in many cases have to navigate racism, sexism. and countless other issues from the hardwood to the tennis courts.

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Black athletes don't get the luxury of just 'shutting up and play' as the conservafools derisively shout at them.  In many cases Black athletes have used their sporting platforms to call attention to the social injustices of the day as Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown did.

Or racist controversies find them.

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And when they do call out America's faults, they are passionately hated on by White Americans as Colin Kaepernick has discovered.   He chose to take a knee during the national anthem in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and to protest police brutality aimed predominately at Black Americans.

Bob Beamon almost didn't make the 1968 Olympic team and get to execute that then world and current Olympic record 29-2 long jump at the Mexico City Olympic games.  People were upset that he and other Black athletes protested the WAC Track and Field Championships held at Brigham Young University that spring.   They were being protested because of the Mormon church's anti-Black theological beliefs and UTEP suspended him.. 

Black female athletes also have had to battle in addition to the racism aimed at them, misogyny. accusations of cheating and 'that's a man' shade simply for excelling at their sport as the Williams sisters, Caster Semenya, Brittney Griner and a far too long list of African descended female athletes can testify to.

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Florence Griffith Joyner brought style to track and field along with undeniable speed and talent/  Her 1988 100m world record still hasn't been touched.   But she was dogged by allegations of steroid use that followed her to the grave despite years of clean drug tests.

And how many times have we seen Serena Williams continue to win Grand Slam tournaments, with her 2017 Australian Open win happening while she was 23 weeks pregnant. while having 'that's a man' shade and accusations of substance abuse repeatedly uttered at her?

Black athletes are in many cases also carrying the hopes and aspirations of an entire people on their shoulders, especially if they are in a white dominated sport like tennis, swimming or gymnastics.

It's why Serena 's repeated Grand Slam tournament victories or the success of Dominique Dawes, Gabby Douglas and most recently Simone Biles was a point of pride in Black America.



And that Black athlete doesn't even have to be from the US for Black Americans to cheer for them. We were cheering just as loudly for Usain Bolt as his Jamaican countrymen were and griped at the obvious discrimination that French figure skater Surya Bonaly faced as she was competing in the figure skating world of the 90's.

Being a Black athlete has always been a political act.  As long as injustice and anti-Blackness exists in the world, it's sadly going to continue to be that way.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

30th Anniversary Of 'A Different World''s Debut

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September 24 will mark the 30th anniversary of the debut of the iconic show 'A Different World' that broadcast its first of over 100 episodes over six years in 1987.

And you longtime TransGriot readers know I love the show so much I've done A Different World anniversary quiz posts that you can try your luck at here, here and here.    I even wrote a post imaging what an  A Different World reboot set in this 2K10decade would be like.

The spinoff of The Cosby Show that was supposed to chronicles Denise Huxtable's journey through her parent's fictional HBCU alma mater Hillman College after it's not well liked first season was retooled by new produced Debbie Allen into a realistic portrayal of HBCU campus life that tackled the issues roiling campuses in the late 1980's and early 90's from South African divestment, fraternity and sorority pledging, date rape, HIV-AIDS, racism to Desert Storm and the LA Riots.

Oh yeah, there was also a romance and marriage that developed between bougie diva Whitley Gilbert and nerdy genius Dwayne Wayne that basically became the relationship goal standard for Black couples

And we can't forget the other characters that wandered Hillman's campus such as Ron Johnson, dorm director and coach Walter Oakes, Jaleesa Vinson, Freddie Brooks, Lena James, Dorian Haywood and faculty like Colonel Bradford Taylor and Dean Dorthy Dandridge Davenport.

Mr. Gaines represents those elders you meet along the way that give you advice and that gentle push you need at just the right time to get you going in the right direction.

A Different World is still beloved 30 years after its initial episode was broadcast on NBC.  It is also credited with a major spike in HBCU enrollments during and after its broadcast run from 1987-1993

And because of its success, more shows featuring African American casts followed.

So happy anniversary A Different World!   I'll post a link to those quiz answers later

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Irelands On Ellen

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Was happy to see one of my fave trans couples on Ellen discussing their lives as a military couple and their transitions.   What was also amazing was what happened at the end of the studio interview, but I won't spoil the happy surprise for you.

But ugh, that initial cringeworthy question from Ellen.   Note to Ellen, the NLGJA and GLAAD have guides on how to interview and respectfully cover trans people

And still looking forward to meeting Logan and Laila someday, and will keep speaking it into existence until it happens.

Here's the video of their appearance on the Ellen show.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

My Houston Statue Replacement Suggestions

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Don't think that because we're still recovering from Hurricane Harvey's aftermath that we've forgotten about that hideous Spirit of the Confederacy statue desecrating Sam Houston Park that alas, Harvey's raging floodwaters didn't mercifully wash away.

We still want that statue celebrating the triumph of Jim Crow segregation and put up during that time to go away.

Some folks have asked when it is taken down, and when is the operative word here, what should go up in its place?

Easy. Put a statue up honoring a prominent Houstonian.

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First up is to erect a statue in that spot honoring Barbara Jordan, a proud daughter of this city.  

She became in 1967 the first (and sadly so far) only Black woman elected to the Texas Senate and the first Black Texan to be elected to the Texas Legislature since Reconstruction.  

She then made history again by getting elected to the US House of Representatives in the newly created 18th Congressional District in 1972.   She was on the Judiciary Committee during the Watergate impeachment hearings , made two historic keynote speeches to Democratic national conventions in 1976 and 1992 and was the ethics advisor for Gov Ann Richards.

She made history even when she died in 1996.   She became the first Black Texan to be interred in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, where she is buried with other Texas heroes and sheroes right next to her friend Gov. Ann Richards.

My next suggestion is US Rep. George Thomas 'Mickey' Leland,

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While he wasn't born here, (born in Lubbock,TX)  Leland grew up in 5th Ward, graduated from Wheatley and later from TSU.

He was a two term state legislator who succeeded Barbara Jordan when she retired from the US House in 1978. He served as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 99th Congress, and chair of the House Select Committee on Hunger

Leland was a humanitarian and advocate who was killed in an August 1989 plane crash at age 44 while on a mission to bring food to famine stricken Ethiopia.  

May I also suggest for a statue the first female mayor of Houston in Kathy Whitmire?  

Image result for kathy whitmireMany of the powers that be hated her, but she was actually the first candidate I was eligible to vote for in a Houston mayoral election.

The native Houstonian CPA and UH grad served as our city controller before she won election in 1981 by building a broad progressive coalition that she successfully maintained it for 10 years across five two year terms.

Her bid for a sixth consecutive two year term as mayor was derailed when her diverse coalition suffered major defections by Lanier taking some of her white support and Black voters supporting Sylvester Turner's bid to become Houston's first Black mayor.

She broke the power grip that the 'good old boys' had on city politics and the mayor's chair.  It's why the Houston conservatives pushed term limits after Bob Lanier won in a 1991 runoff with future (and current) Houston mayor Sylvester Turner.

Whitmire appointed our first Black police chief in Lee Brown, who in 1998 would later become our first African-American mayor.  She appointed now state Sen. Sylvia Garcia to a municipal judgeship as our first Latina municipal judge, and was a vocal supporter of METRO's plan to build a rail component to our public transit system.

She also tried to pass in 1984 a non discrimination ordinance that also covered gay people that met the same death by referendum fate as HERO did 30 years later  

But those are just three worthy Houstonians I can think of who deserve to have a statue commemorating them in Sam Houston Park instead of that white supremacist abomination that sits there now.  

Dear Transphobic People- Putting You Transphobic Black Cis Men On Blast

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Dear Transphobic People,
Been a while since I've done one of these posts calling y'all out on your off the chains transphobia, but in light of the fact that I have had to call out two transphobic Black men in Third Ward in the last 72 hours, with one of them threatening me with violence, it's past time for me to call y'all out like I had to do with my Black cis sisters.

Image result for that a man comment at trans womenFirst off, what the hell is wrong with y'all?  

I and other Black trans women are beyond sick and tired of being sick and tired of y'all having something to say when we are just trying to go about our day without harassment and you feel the nerve to whisper or holler 'that's a man' at us while we're close enough for you to hear it.

Neither do we like it when you Black men repeatedly get on the mics at 100,000 watt radio and TV stations broadcasting transphobic ignorance and hate speech to the world.

That transphobic hate speech metastasizes into anti-trans violence that can cause our deaths.  

Naw b****, I'm not a man. I was born an infant 55 years ago that evolved and grew to become a fabulous, proud, unapologetic Black trans woman who is finally comfortable in her body.

If I was a man, I wouldn't have spent the countless hours and years in counseling, tons of money on trans affirming medical procedures and the aforementioned counseling, money on a new wardrobe, and gleefully getting adjusted to the nuances of living life on the Black feminine side of the gender spectrum.

I and my trans sisters are women, regardless of the genitalia configurations concealed in our panties, what you assume our chromosomes are or what your ignorant masculine azz has to say about the subject.

Gender identity is between your ears, not your legs.  If you aren't a certified gender therapist, geneticist, progressive politician or pastor, supportive family member or ally, or a doctor that specializes in transgender issues, I really don't give a rats anus what your loud and wrong opinion is anyway.

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I and Black Trans Feminine World are sick and tired of you kneegrows cooning it up with the same white male Republican politicians that hate your Black behinds to politically hate on the trans community, then expect me and my community's help and support when your white male GOP best buds turn on or their white supremacist police buds shoot to kill one of y'all after they're done using you for their right wing photo ops.

Whatever personal issues you have going on in your life,  or if you're mad because you ain't getting any attention sexually, don't take it out your shortcomings on Black trans women.   Don't get mad because we turned your azz down for a date. If we're not feeling you, deal with it.  

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We know deep down you are turned on by us, want to date and get busy with us.  The trans porn sales numbers and sustained popularity of the trans porn genre don't lie.

We Black trans women, nor ANY woman for that mater, are not punching bags for you to release your toxic masculine anger on.   Neither is it acceptable to put your hands on or disrespect a trans woman for any reason.

Too many of my sisters are dying at your hands because you are far too concerned about your masculine reps than the lives of the trans women you are dating or getting busy with.  .

And naw Black gay men, you ain't escaping Moni's Dear Transphobic People wrath either.  It time to snatch your wigs, too

 Far too many of you have thrown transphobic shade at trans women you pass in the gayborhood streets or in the clubs while hugged up with your white male boyfriends, or while you're out and about at the club with your friends.  

Get it through your heads that trans women are WOMEN.  You are not experts (RuPaul) on how we live our lives, we trans women are.   If you want to know something about our lives, respectfully ask us.   If you work for an org that wants to know about our transfeminine lives, pay us for that privilege.

Don't get it twisted, being a trans woman is not analogous to being a drag queen.  While some of my trans sisters make their money doing drag in clubs or the pageant circuit and have used it as a way to facilitate their personal feminine transition journey, drag is simply a job for them to pay their bills.

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When that show is over, they wipe the stage makeup off, clock out, exit that club, reenter society and navigate their way back home as trans women, not gay men.

And for those of you working in Black oriented or other cisgender focused human rights orgs, we need you to have our back in those policy circles you have access to, not stab us in the back.

My Black trans life matters just as much as yours does.   Black trans people aren't going away because we are an undeniable part of the diverse mosaic of human life, ,and you need to deal with that reality.

So cis Black men, next time you feel the urge to throw 'that's a man ' shade at a Black trans woman who is just trying to get through her day without drama, put your lips in park and don't do it.

Because you may not like what happens next if you follow through with your desire to mess with a trans woman that day.

TransGriot 2017 NFL Picks- Week 3

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Houston, looks like we may FINALLY after all these years have a starting NFL caliber quarterback in Deshaun Watson.

We're about to find out just how good Deshaun is because he gets to go face the defending NFL champion (boo hiss) New England Cheatriots  Patriots in Foxborough.

 And another interesting stat to chew on in  addition to the fact the Texans have not had much success at Gillette Stadium.  Since Belichick took over, no rookie quarterback has ever beaten the Patriots.  They are 5-0 so far against them.

Another note before I move on to this week's NFL prognostication business.  Rick Smith, please hurry up and sign Duane Brown.

For a moment during NFL Week 2 looked like after the early games were played I was on track to have our contest's first ever perfect week.   Then the afternoon, Sunday and Monday night were played and I went 3-4 in those games to end up tied with Mr. Watts this week to maintain the slim one game lead I have contest wise. .

So let's get to this week's picks  Another 16 games.   Mike's picks are here.  Team I'm picking to win is in bold print with the home team in CAPS.

Week 2  Results                                                              2017 NFL Season Record  
TransGriot  12-4                                                              TransGriot  22-9
Mike           12-4                                                              Mike           21-10


Thursday Night Game
Rams over 49ERS

Sunday Early Games|
PATRIOTS over Texans
Ravens over JAGUARS
BILLS over Broncos
Steelers over BEARS
PANTHERS
over Saints
Buccaneers over VIKINGS
COLTS over Browns
Dolphins over JETS
Falcons over LIONS
EAGLES over Giants

Sunday Afternoon Games
Seahawks over TITANS
Chiefs over CHARGERS
PACKERS over Bengals

Sunday Night Game
Raiders over WASHINGTON

Monday Night Game
Cowboys over CARDINALS

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Trump Embarrasses Himself At UN

There are many of us in reality based America who are feeling the same way as White House Chief of Staff John Kelly who had the displeasure of being in the audience and watching Donald Trump embarrass the nation in front of the entire world during his United Nations General Assembly speech yesterday.

I won't subject you loyal TransGriot readers to the avalanche of idiocy that was on display in New York including Trump throwing juvenile 'Rocket Man' insults at North Korea's Kim Jong Un and threatening to 'totally destroy' North Korea from the Un podium after its delegation walked out before his speech.

Great, two egomaniacal idiots armed with nukes trying to one up each other. This is not going to turn out well.

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Do y'all miss this man, the 44th president of the United States?

In case you forgot, this is what a UN speech given by an intelligent, exceptional president of the United States looks and sounds like.



And this is just a taste of what we would have gotten had we elected Hillary Clinton last year, the most qualified person in over a century regardless of gender to run for the presidency.



But instead, we got a nekulturny idiot who isn't qualified to be POTUS, much less sit in the Oval Office and run this country.

Even more distressing to me as a Cold War baby, this man has his fingers on the nuclear launch codes.

And it ain't just Moni and other people across the US saying it and proclaiming his white supremacist behind is an embarrassment.   The media around the world is also saying that Trump is unfit to be POTUS.
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Exhibit A:  Germany's Der Spiegel, where the Leader of the Free World Angela Merkel, assuming that she and her party win in the upcoming German federal elections this Sunday. is still chancellor.

'Donald Trump is not fit to be president of the United States. He does not possess the requisite intellect and does not understand the significance of the office he holds nor the tasks associated with it. He doesn’t read. He doesn’t bother to peruse important files and intelligence reports and knows little about the issues that he has identified as his priorities. His decisions are capricious and they are delivered in the form of tyrannical decrees.'
-Der Spiegel
Trump has embarrassed himself and the country once again on the world's biggest international stage.  Sad!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Seattle Nazi Gets Knocked The F*** Out

One of the things that I have noticed since the disastrous November 8 election that put 45 in the White House is the uptick in white supremacists feeling empowered to spout racist invective and act on expressing their bigot gene.

One enterprising white supremacist fool decided to do so in Seattle recently.  The still unidentified idiot was tracked by anti-fascists via social media as he rode the D Line and walked around the city proudly wearing a Nazi armband as he harassing people minding their own business.

After messing with a Black passenger on a Seattle bus, he got into a confrontation with other passersby who objected to his armband.
Then he made the mistake of stepping to another Black man who wasn't having it and knocked his white supremacist behind out cold with once punch.
'Master race' ,huh?  First your leader Richard Spencer gets punched, and now your weak behind gets put to sleep with one blow to the face.  

When y'all Nazis gonna learn not to phuck with Black people in this country?   Night -night white supremacist fool.

Here's another beautiful video of another Nazi getting knocked the f*** out to brighten your day.

H/T  Alternet.org, BuzzFeed

  

Have A Wonderful 2017-18 School Year TBLGQ Family!

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August 28 would have been the start of the school year for my niece and other HISD school kids but Harvey changed that for the time being.

September 11 became the new start date for kids across HISD and my trans nieces and nephews in HISD and other Houston area school districts that had already started classes but were interrupted by the unwanted arrival of Harvey in the area.

The same happened for our college students in the Houston area, and UH, TSU and Rice restarted classes on September 5

The 2017-18 school year has already gotten off to a great start with the elite HBCU women's school Spelman College announcing they will be admitting trans feminine students starting in the 2018-19 school year.

Image result for transgender homecoming queenMy sisters Chyna Fierro, Amirage Shively and Sharron Cooks are furthering their educations at UTEP, U of L and Temple respectively, and I wish them and all trans and gender variant people doing so at the collegiate level a wonderful school year.

I hope I get the opportunity to write about more of our trans kids across the country breaking barriers and becoming homecoming or prom kings and queens, playing their fave sport as their true selves, making a cheerleading squad,  kicking butt in an academic contest, or becoming their school's valedictorian or salutatorian..

It's my hope you also just get through this school year and make new friends, get your education, and not have to deal with bullies, be they the school, faculty, administrative or right wing parental kind.  

I'm also giving my TBLGQ fam who are college professors, teachers and instructors some love as well who are doing the work of teaching the next generation of students.  By doing so, you are committing a revolutionary act along with the trans students being in class and getting their educations.

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Whether you do so openly as your true selves or are nondisclosed, continue to do what you do in terms of kicking knowledge to the kids as higher education comes under increasing attack from the conservafools and the faith based fools with Betsy DeVos ensconced as the new Secretary of (mis)Education continue their rush to idiocracy by attacking public education.

Here in the Lone Star State, having failed at the legislative level twice since January to get their anti-trans bans in place, the Texas Axis of Intolerance hatemongers are now shifting targets to attack the school districts.

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They have already tried and failed to stop pro-TBLGQ policies from being put in place in San Antonio ISD.

Happy 2017-18 school year TBLGQ family.  Whether you are starting your first day of elementary school or your first day of graduate school, I hope that you get through it with minimal drama and maximum opportunities to learn, expand your minds, make friends and grow as human beings.

May the same thing happen for your classmates, administrators, faculty and parents.