Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Candis Cayne Gets A Multi Show Character On 'Grey's Anatomy'

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It's been a while since the last time that Candis Cayne was on an ABC television show. 

Image result for Dirty Sexy Money Carmelita RainerBack in 2007-2008 Candis was on the show Dirty Sexy Money making history by playing Carmelita Rainer. 

At that time Cayne was the first out trans actress playing a recurring trans character on a major network show, and I was more than a little pissed when her character was killed off .

She has since moved on to play characters on multiple television shows like Necessary Roughness, Elementary, The Magicians, Nip/Tuck and Transparent along with appearing on the I Am Cait reality show.

Now she will return to the ABC network to once again play a trans feminine character on the show Grey's Anatomy with a multi arc storyline. 

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Cayne's character will be checking into Grey Sloan Hospital for a groundbreaking gender confirmation surgery.   The storyline is modeled on a story that Grey's Anatomy writers read about Hayley Anthony who helped pioneer a new way for Dr Jess Ting to perform GRS surgeries.

The Grey's Anatomy writers thought this would make an interesting story to tell, and tapped Cayne to do it


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It's all part of the announced effort of Grey's Anatomy in its t14th season to change the way television tells the stories of transpeople, and it is definitely appreciated at this tumultuous time in our history. 

Grey's Anatomy is also quickly establishing itself as a Must See Trans TV show. 

Ohio Considering Pro-TBLGQ Rights Legislation

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Because it has been run by the Republicans for several decades, Ohio has a well earned reputation for being hostile to trans human rights.   It is one of the states that will not allow you to change your birth certificate even if you've had gender confirmation surgery. Cincinnati had a reputation in the 80's and 90's for being openly hostile to TBLGQ rights to the point that federal lawsuits had to be filed by people pushing back against that discrimination. 

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That international rep for intolerance cost Cincinnati $600 million in lost business in the 90's, two corporate headquarters relocations, and the opportunity to become the US bid city competing to host the 2012 Olympics that eventually went to London. 

Ohio being in the Sixth Circuit, the most conservative of all the US federal court circuits added to the feelings of Ohio based TBLGQ advocates that sometimes they were ice skating uphill when it came to pushing expanded rights coverage in the Buckeye State.

Image result for Cincinnati skylineBut things have been interestingly changing for the better there TBLGQ rights wise  Cincinnati not only has had since 2003 a trans inclusive non discrimination ordinance, it is one of 24 cities that has a clinic that treats transgender children. 

Cincinnati is also one of the three Ohio cities along with Akron and Dayton that have a perfect 100 score of the HRC Municipal Equality Index. 

Nineteen Ohio cities now have TBLGQ inclusive ordinances, and 80% of Ohio based corporations have policies that prohibit sexual orientation discrimination.  Cincinnati also became in 2015 the first city in the Buckeye State to pass a law banning conversion therapy.  Toledo did so last year and was followed by Columbus, which has had a long time reputation of being a TBLGQ friendly city. 

Image result for Ohio Business Competes"Gay and transgender people are our friends, neighbors, family and coworkers. When it comes to being able to earn a living, having a place to live, or being served by a business or government office, they should be treated like anyone else and not be discriminated against," said the ACLU.
Ohio Business Connects, a coalition of over 200 businesses that includes the state's largest employers like Proctor & Gamble, Key Bank and General Electric along with right organizations such as the ACLU, TransOhio, the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Ohio.   The OBC has been pushing to have nondiscriminator policies enacted in the Buckeye State and was motivated to make it happen after watching the economic carnage that happened to North Carolina after the passage of the unjust HB 2.

Because OBC has been ramping up the pressure on the GOP controlled state legislature, and they have probably noted the statewide pro- TBLGQ rights trends, two bills have been filed in the 2018 session.  One bill is a watered down one by a Republican legislator, and the pro TBLGQ bill, HB 160 the Ohio Fairness Act  is written by a Democratic legislator.

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HB 160, filed by Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) prohibits discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation in the areas of employment, housing and public accomodation.   Rep. Antonio has been pushing this bill since 2011 but it is the first time it has gotten a second hearing.  Even more interesting is that Gov. John Kasich (R) has indicated he may be willing to sign it.

We'll see what happens with this bill and if Ohio becomes the rare red state to pass TBLGQ supportive legislation

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Rep. Joe Kennedy's Democratic SOTU Response

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Folks, it would be easy to dismiss this past year as chaos, partisanship, as politics, but it’s far, far bigger than that. This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us. They’re targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection. For them, dignity isn’t something you’re born with, but something you measure by your net worth, your celebrity, your headlines, your crowd size-Rep Joe Kennedy
For the first time since 2008 the Democrats were in the position of having to deliver the response to a Republican State of the Union Speech. 

The person chosen to give that response was Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts.

While some peeps were appreciative of the fact it was one of the younger Democrats making that reponse, others were tripping about his last name and familial ties to a Democratic political dynasty in the Kennedys.

And unlike 45, Rep. Kennedy gave a shout out to the transgender community

'As if the parent who lies awake terrified that their transgender son or daughter will be beaten and bullied at school is any more or less legitimate than a parent whose heart is shattered by a daughter in the grips of an opioid addiction. So here is the answer the Democrats offer tonight. We choose both.'

Here's the response speech in case you missed it.


Here's A Real SOTU Speech By A Real POTUS

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For those of you who are boycotting (like I am) Dear Orange Misleader's State of the Union speech and are wishing you could once again see a president we could all be proud of giving one of these addresses,
may I present to you President Obama's final State of the Union address in 2016.

What a galaxy of difference in terms of not only intellect and respect of our president, but actually having someone who can speak in complete sentences, unlike the white supremacist idiot we have now.

Enjoy



Jess Herbst Is Running For Reelection As New Hope Mayor

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One of the people that I got to meet in 2017 was the mayor of New Hope, TX in Jess Herbst.

The first meeting for us happened during one of my trips to Austin to help kill SB 6, and at a barbecue hosted by our mutual friend Danielle Skidmore, we spent nearly two hours chatting with each other about a wide range of subjects, including politics.

We bumped into each other again during the House hearing for another anti-trans bill, and connected once again while I was in Dallas for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference.

Even though Jess had an increasing state, national and international profile in our TBLGQ community. her first loyalty was to the people she served back in New Hope.

As their mayor, it was on her and the elected leadership to tackle the issues of a Collin County town experiencing the residual effects of being near the fast growing larger communities in the county of Plano, McKinney and Allen and handling the issues that spring from that like increased traffic. 

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Now she's not only running for reelection as New Hope's mayor, she's running for office in the town for the first time as the amazing woman she is.

Her opponent is Angel Hamm, the widow of former mayor Johnny Hamm.   He had served for 22 years before suffering a fatal heart attack on the filing deadline but still beat his opponent by 30 votes in May 2016. . As an elected New Hope alderman serving as the mayor pro tem  she succeeded Hamm to become the first out transgender mayor in Texas.

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With the election set for May 5, she has a few busy but interesting months of campaigning ahead of her.   It will ultimately be up to those New Hope voters to decide whether to make Texas election history by keeping Herbst as their mayor or going in a new direction and electing a  new one..

I'm hoping they keep her.

Black Panther Premiere In LA

It's almost that time that me and my friends are eagerly awaiting in terms of the public release of the Ryan Coogler directed Black Panther film on February 16.

Myself and many of my friends are already planning to check out Black Panther when it opens at our local multiplexes, and there are Black Panther themed parties planned for that weekend across Wakanda, er Black America.

Tickets are already selling out for the opening weekend, and I would not be surprised if this movie, opening smack dab in the middle of Black History Month, makes some serious money.

Because I damned sure want to see some Black Panther sequels

A sign that we're getting closer to the Black Panther debut was its world premiere in Los Angeles at the Dolby Theatre last night.   The stars of the film walked the PURPLE carpet (purple is the royal color of African royalty FYI) in African themed attire that being called by the best red carpet event of 2018.

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The fabulousness of the cast walking the purple carpet in African attire paled in comparison to the movie.   The reviews have been embargoed until February 6, but word and praise for the movie is already filtering out that calls Black Panther the best of the Marvel superhero movies so far.

The Los Angeles Times Tre'vell Anderson said on his Twitter feed  "BlackPanther is a love letter about blackness, to a world that often ghettoizes it without realizing that it is on black backs that this planet revolves." 

Hey, I expected nothing less.     See y'all at the multiplex.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Another Day, Another Trump Misadministration Typo

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The late educator Marva Collins used to say that 'Readers are Leaders'.   It's quite obvious in this Trump misadministration that not a whole lot of reading, much less proofreading is going on.

As a matter of fact, 45 has admitted that he doesn't read a lot of books, and it shows. Did they cut the budget for a proofreader in this misadministration?

There has been a long list of glaring typos in press releases, agency tweets and on the White House daily schedule, and glaring typos and spelling errors in 45's tweets.

Now they are dealing with embarrassing typo spotted in the tickets that were printed for tomorrow nights State of the Union address.

The sergeant-at -arms office is correcting their mistake and is representing the tickets

But it's just another example of the idiocracy taking hold in this administration

Rep Joe Kennedy Invites Trans Solider To State of the Union Address

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45 is giving his first State of the Union address after not doing it last year, and Rep. Joe Kennedy III, who is giving the Democratic response to it, has invited trans soldier Staff Sgt Patricia King as his guest at the event.

Staff Sgt King is not only the first person to have her gender confirmation surgery paid for by the military, she is also there as a representative of the over 15,000 trans people currently serving in the armed forces.

She's also  a reminder that Trump tried to ban people like her from openly serving in our military. simply because he was trying to appease the evangelical wing of his base.

King has served for nearly 20 years and transitioned after her last deployment in 2013, but whether she does more time in our armed forces depends on whether the permanent injunctions against the Trump military ban stay in place.

She also points out the fallacy in the conservafool talking point about trans military service that people will be breaking down the doors trying to get in to do so.

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"There are much easier ways to get surgery covered rather than enlisting in the military. (facing the possibility of deployment, and dealing with the stigma of being a transgender service member.," she said.  "Every one of us who raises our right hand is prepared to give everything in defense of our country."

Note To Nikki Haley: All Music Is Political

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Laughed my azz off at Nikki Haley's comment complaining about politics at the Grammys and saying that music and politics shouldn't mix.

I also find it more interesting the critique coming from Haley in light of the fact that one of the first things that GOP administrations do is cut funding to arts, music and education,

She was also born in 1972, when the music industry was blowing up.   The 70's and the 80's were one of the most creative and unapologetically political periods for popular music.

News flash for you Nikki. Art, music and politics have been joined at the hip.    Some of my fave songs have had political themes in them like Stevie Wonder's 'You Haven't Done Nothing' slamming the Nixon Administration.   In fact Stevie has written a lot of politically themed songs over his distinguished career..   Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit'.  Sly and the Family Stone.  The Isley Brothers 'Fight The Power.'   The Impressions 'Keep on Pushing' which was inspired by the civil rights marches of the era.    Freda Payne's 'Bring The Boys Home'  critiquing the Vietnam War.   Edwin Starr's 'War'.  Various Parliament-Funkadelic songs.  Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes 'Wake Up Everybody.  George Clinton's 'Bullet Proof/, Public Enemy's Can't Truss It.  NWA's F*** tha Police.  Beyonce's' Run The World'

And that's just from the R&B, rap and hip hop side.   Black music has always been unapologetically political    Music of other genres has also been political like Men At Work's 'It's A Mistake' and Nena's '99 Luftballons' being two examples on the same theme of an accidental nuclear war. 

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So it's laughable that you, being part of a misadministration that politicizes everything including NFL players simply taking a knee during the national anthem protesting police violence against our community and turning it into something sinister, are now whining about the Grammy Awards and the numerous political shots they took at your reprehensible boss up to and including Hillary Clinton reading from Fire and Fury..

So just deal with the fact that all music is political, and thanks to the First Amendment to our Constitution, here will be more musical critiques of your boss coming over the next two years

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Pure Romance CEO Starts LC Foundation To Help Trans Kids

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Chris and Jessica Cicchinelli thought their child LC was just going through a phase when she announced that she was a girl and not a boy. 

But it came to a head during a Florida vacation  trip two years ago when LC was 8, and refused to go to dinner unless she could wear a dress.   When Chir saw how happy LC was when she came out of the dressing room, he knew it was time to deal with the fact he and his wife had a trans child.

Cicchinelli is the CEO and president of Pure Romance, a Cincinnati based romance aid company founded by his mother that does $250 million a year in business

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When they returned home to Cincinnati, they wanted to take LC to the Adolescent and Transition Medicine Clinic at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center for an immediate appointment, but discovered it would be seven weeks before they could get an appointment.   They were also looking for information concerning how to navigate parenting for a trans child

Dr. Lee Ann Conard poses for a portrait at CincinnatiThis is also the region of the country where Leelah Alcorn was from, and since her suicide death in 2015, the number of people seeking help from the clinic has tripled to nearly 1000 a day. Many of the folks seeking help for their kids are coming from as far away as northern Ohio and other parts of the region

The Adolescent and Transition Medicine Clinic opened in July 2013 and is run by Dr. Lee Ann Conard.   It is one of 24 in the United States dedicated to transgender youth and their care.

Knowing there were other families out there that needed help, support or information, the Cicchinellis launched the Living With Change: The LC Foundation that will train teachers and educators and provide financial support for the Adolescent and Transition Medicine Clinic.

The LC Foundation was seeded with $500,000 of their own money the Cicchinellis expect to get matching donations for by June.  They have pledged another $2 million to the clinic. 

"We had to do something," Jessica Cicchinelli said. "We want this for other families. We want them to know it's there and not be scared and to know there is help."

One of the places that has already signed on for the foundation's training is the Cincinnati Public Schools.

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They hired Cincinnati councilman Chris Seelbach to run the foundation,   Seelbach was Cincinnati's first openly gay councilmember, has been a vocal advocate for the TBLGQ community, and has spearheaded many of the civic reforms that have catapulted it to the top of the HRC Municipal Equality Index.

The LC Foundation is not only starting at a fortuitous time for the clinic, it is needed and very much necessary.,

   

Paula Oliveira Becomes First Trans Miss Bum Bum Contestant


One of the most interesting pageants that happens in Brazil is the Miss BumBum one.

It started in 2011, and has women from each of Brazil's 27 states vying for the title of having Brazil's best derriere.  People from all over the world can vote for their favorite.  The finalists then participate in a photoshoot and strutting down a catwalk before the winner is declared.

The contest is so popular that the winner and the runner up becomes an instant celebrity in that nation, and it can also lead to lucrative endorsement deals.

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The stakes are high, and the pageant has fueled controversy.  Fights have broken out between contestants during past events.    In 2014 models Mari Sousa and Eliana Amaral were accused of bribing judges in their failed attempt to come in first and second place in the contest that Indianara Carvalho and Claudia Alende eventually captured as the champion andvice champion.

Also in 2014, 2012 Miss Bum Bum runner up and cosmetic surgery advocate Andressa Urach ended up in the hospital suffering from near fatal septic shock after the 500ml of Pmma and hydrogel pumped in her upper thighs to make them look thicker instead started rotting the upper leg muscles to the point she had to undergo emergency surgery to get the fluid drained. 

But in the last year of this competition, it makes history.  This year, one of the Miss Bum Bum contestants for the first time is a trans woman in the person of  27 year old Paula Oliveira.

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The model had to wait two years for her documentation changes to be approved and processed before she could compete.   She's a former Big Brother Brazil contestant who in an attempt to get a jump on the competition, posted a racy photo shoot on her Instagram page focused on her derriere

A serriere she hopes that will be crowned the best in Brazil.

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Because this is the last ever Miss Bum Bum pageant,  Paula will also be the last trans woman who has a shot at winning the title. 

We'll see if that happens for her.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Shut Up Fool Awards- I'm Not In DC For #CC18 Edition

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The 30th Annual edition of the LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference is happening right now in Washington DC and guess where I am?    Not in the Marriott Wardman Park host hotel that's for sure.

This i the first Creating Change I've missed since I started this current run with #CC14 in Houston.  And yeah, I'm bummed out about it. 

So let me take out my frustration for not being at #CC18 on the cavalcade of fools we have desecrating our country . 

Honorable mention number one  is Sarah Suckabee Huckabee Sanders for just pick a lie

Honorable mention number two is Teddie Butcher.   The Alabama teacher is probably still mad that Roy Moore lost because she told a group of students who were listening to Tupac's  Dear Mama' song to  'turn that n****r music off.  

Hope this bigot Becky gets her teaching career turned off.

Honorable mention number three is  Chelsea Manning for trying to claim that 'she was on a spy mission when she fell into that white supremacist party. 

Yeah, tell that to the gullible Green Tea Party folks who think you're a hero.   Moni ain't buying those woof tickets you're selling

Honorable mention number four is Sean Hannity, who tried to slime Trump-Mueller report as 'fake news and failed spectacularly while doing so. 

Image result for Courtland SykesThis week's Male Chauvinist Pig er. Shut Up Fool winner is Courtland Sykes, who is running for the Republican US Senate nomination and made some disparaging remarks about women's rights and , feminists.

He topped it off with the comment he wants to 'come home to a cooked dinner every night.'

Wll, the only thing you're going to be coming home to is a TV dinner and a cold shower.

Sen. Claire McCaskill must be salivating about taking this fool on in a general election if he gets the GOP nomination.

Courtland Sykes, shut up fool

British Labour Party Continues Trans Supportive Shortlist Policy

To address the problem of lack of feminine representation in the British Parliament, the Labour Party for over a decade has instituted a policy of having all women shortlists when looking for MP candidates to run in some of  the various parliamentary constituencies.

It is hoped that by instituting the policy, it would increase the number of women MP's in Parliament  The shortlist policy has also helped trans women who are active in the Labour Party as well.

Because of that policy, several trans women ran as Labour MP candidates in the 2017 cycle, and one nearly broke through to become the first out trans person ever elected to the British Parliament.

Sophie Cook came within a few thousand votes of becoming the first Labour candidate elected to the Conservative stronghold Shoreham and Worthing seat in 20 years.  Cook received almost 21,000 votes and made it one of the biggest swing seats in that 2017 British election cycle

But the British TERF's have been acting a fool lately across The Pond and ramping up their hate speech they aim at our British trans cousins.   They have fixed their attention on the inclusion of trans women on Labour Party shortlists, and have been raising a serious stink about it to the pont they started raising funds for a lawsuit to kill the policy.

When Dawn Butler, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities expressed  her support for trans women being on the Labour waitlists, she was viciously attacked by the TERF's. 

Stella Creasy, another Labour MP who expressed support for trans equality and Paris Lees' appearing on the cover of British Vogue was also savagely attacked by the out of control TERFBeckys 

The TERF's are also tripping because Lily Madigan, a 19 year old trans teen who was elected to a leadership role in the Labour Party, applied for the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme, but was turned down for it after enduring a storm of criticism and abuse for putting in the application for it

Madigan is more determined than ever to make her dream true of becoming an MP   Dr. Heather Peto, another trans women who is active in the Labour Party, has also made it on to a shortlist in the next general election for the Rushcliffe seat.

The good news is that despite all the negativity being stirred up by the TERF's and other anti-trans hatemongers, the Labour Party will continue their policy of placing trans women on the shortlists 

At the Labour Party's recent National Executive Committee meeting, a party spokesperson said "At the NEC yesterday is was confirmed that all women shortlists are and have always been open to all women, which of course includes trans women." 

"The party will continue to consult with key stakeholders about the wording of this policy and will issue guidance to CLP's"

And a win not only for our British trans cousins, but for transkind as well .

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Fran Watson Endorsed By Victory Fund

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This blog has been tracking the trailblazing awesomeness of Fran Watson for a few years.  The first Black female president of the Houston GLBT Caucus.  The second Black woman elected as a Houston Pride Grand Marshal

Now Fran is running for the Texas Senate and making a bid to become only the third Black woman elected to the body since Eddie Bernice Johnson was serving in the senate from the Dallas area District 23 from 1987-93.

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It's been an even longer drought for Black female representation in the Texas Senate from the Houston area.  The last Houston area Black woman to be elected to the Texas Senate was the first Black woman ever elected to that body, the legendary political trailblazer Barbara Jordan back in 1967. 

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Rep. Senfronia Thompson, the dean of the Texas House who has served in that body since 1968, was the most recent Houston area woman to try and unfortunately fail to break that streak.

Thompson ran for the Texas Senate District 13 seat vacated by Rodney Ellis, who is now a Harris County commissioner after serving 26 years in the chamber, but was defeated by Borris Miles for it.. 

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Fran Watson is running for the Senate District 17 seat that covers much of southwest and west Houston, Bellaire, and parts of Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties currently held by Joan Huffman (R).     

Watson's campaign is picking up momentum and this Victory Fund endorsement is only the latest evidence of it.    Will we see history made this November? 

We have a few months until we get to that point, but that endorsement is a major boost to her campaign.  .     

30th Annual Creating Change Happening In DC

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The 30th annual edition of the LGBTQ Task Force's Creating Change Conference is happening right  now until January 28 at one of my fave Washington DC hotels,  the historic Marriott Wardman Park.

This northwest DC  hotel is also celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2018.  The reason I wrote the  historic Marriott Wardman Park is because since 1984 the hotel has been on the National Register of Historic Places, and has had many historic figures either stay there, work there or hosted historic events inside its walls. 

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In addition to Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Herbert Hoover staying there along with a lengthy list of political figures, poet Langston Hughes worked at the hotel as a busboy. 

 In 1925 he handed three of his poems to noted critic to Vachel Lindsay who was dining there that evening.  Lindsay read them, was impressed by his work and then launched Hughes'  literary career by announcing he'd discovered the 'busboy poet'

There's a gold plaque in the hotel marking the spot where Hughes handed his poems to Lindsay that i discovered during my 2012 visit because my room was in that part of the hotel. 

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In 1954 Thurgood Marshall and his legal team spent several days staying at the Wardman Park to prep for and watch Marshall successfully argue before the Supreme Court the landmark Brown v Board of Education case 

I stayed there for the 2012 NBJC OUT on the Hill conference I was a participant in, and was back four years later for the joint NABJ-NAHJ media conference.

Now the Marriott Wardman Park is hosting the 30th annual Creating Change conference, and for the first time since 2014 I won't be in attendance at Creating Change after being at the last four in Houston, Denver, Chicago and in Philadelphia last year. .   Just couldn't make it happen this year .

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I'm even more bummed about it because Miss Major is being honored with an award during this event, and I'm missing getting reconnected with all my movement homies and homettes.

For those of you who are in DC for #CC18, the daylong institutes are happening today as you read this.  they started at 9 AM EST and run until 6 PM.  The first plenary session will take place at 8 PM  EST tonight. 

Starting tomorrow are the  seminars in which #CC18 attendees can get their learn on about different topics that will continue through Sunday.

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That's before I even start talking about the various organizations there at #CC18 who will have conversations and strategy meetings that won't be talked about,

But my favorite part of Creating Change it is not only reconnecting and talking to everyone from around the country, it's also having those conversations while hanging out in the various hospitality suites.   The suites allow you to get a complimentary bite to eat, have those moments to talk to people away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, the restaurants or the bar area. 

I also like to take time to step away from the conference hotel and see some of the host city, and DC has plenty for people to see and experience

Just upset that this year, I won't  be there to experience it with you. 

Oh well, I'll just have to catch y'all in Detroit for #CC19

I Repeat: Chelsea Manning Is NOT Getting My Endorsement

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Ever since I wrote the post which stated why I wasn't endorsing Chelsea Manning in her doomed to failure run against Sen. Ben Cardin in Maryland, I've had people trying to defend her behind.

They tried to claim she'd been pardoned (nope she hadn't) and throw up every other spin line to try to convince me to change my mind about my decision to not endorse her candidacy.

And right on cue, Chelsea Manning gave me even more reason to not endorse her by palling around with white supremacists.

GettyImages-872353460 (1)When the backlash started hitting her, she then tried to weakly claim she 'crashed the party and was 'gathering intel' on the group.   Yeah, right.

FYI Chelsea, Maryland has 29% Black population.  Despite what you might have heard from the far left, Black voters are the base of the Democratic Party and its most consistent voting bloc.  You're not going to get many votes in a Democratic primary from the Black community hanging out with white supremacists.

So spare me whatever excuse du jour you try to use to justify it.  All you've done is proven once again your lack of judgment in this situation.

And in a political race, optics matter.   Being at a white supremacist party and palling around with them is not a good look period   

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Trans Pioneer Dainna Cicotello Has Passed Away

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One of the joys of my visit to Denver for the 2015 Creating Change Conference and a few months later at Fantasia Fair was spending some quality time with Dainna Cicotello and her daughter Laurie.

She celebrated her milestone 70th birthday back in September, but  I was shocked and saddened to hear from Laurie that Dainna was seriously ill to the point that she was being put in hospic care.

I was just informed that Dainna passed away this afternoon at the Denver Hospice.

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Dainna served our country in the US Navy for over a decade, transitioned in 1985 and served our community and the people in the Denver area in terms of doing panels, trainings and consulting work.   She also taught those classes at several trans themed conferences such as ICTLEP (International Conference of Transgender Law and Employment Policy) IFGE (International Foundations for Gender Education) , Colorado Gold Rush, Southern Comfort, the Texas T Party and Fantasia Fair

She's also done radio and television interviews as part of that education effort

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Dainna was also part of the working group in the early 90's that sought to create a modern definition for transgender that would satisfy the trans stakeholder constituent groups at the time

Here's a 2011 TransFM interview Ethan St Pierre did with Dainna.

I het her during the 1999 Southern Comfort conference, and met Laurie a year later at the IFGE one being held in Washington DC.  She was one of my activist mentors I have much love and respect for, and one of the people her work made a better world for was me.

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She is going to be missed by me, Laurie, our community  and all the people who loved her, and as soon as I get the word of a memorial service or other arrangements, I'll pass it on.

Rest in power and peace Dainna