Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Record Breaking Early Vote First Day In Harris County

If you early voted in Harris County today like I did, you were part of making some electoral history

We had 67, 471 people early vote across the county at the 40 early voting locations.  That's the highest number we've ever had participate in early voting, with the previous record set in 2012 with 47,000 voters on the first day

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I'm also hearing the same thing is happening in Travis (Austin), Bexar (San Antonio), El Paso and Dallas counties.  Haven't heard yet if the same thing is happening in Tarrant County (Fort Worth)

The significance of that is that Harris County, the largest county in the state of Texas by population, provides 16% of the total in any statewide race.  

FYI, the rest of the top five in order are Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar and Travis counties

If those early voters are predominately Democratic ones as my glance across my social media circles seems to be indicating, it's a great early sign for the Clinton campaign and Democrats across the state in down ballot races.

I hope the Clinton campaign will consider doing a quick campaign trip here to Houston, Dallas, Austin  and San Antonio to really fire up the Democratic voters here and cement the fact this is a battleground state that has the power to finish off Trump's presidential campaign.

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Texas' 38 electoral votes make it the second largest electoral vote prize in this and any presidential election cycle after California and its massive 55 electoral votes.

Since 1980, Texas has acted like California does in terms of being the electoral vote base for Republican presidential election success.   If Texas goes blue his year, without Texas in the Trump column to counteract California's 55 EV's going to Clinton, it would make it mathematically impossible for Trump to win the presidency, and Clinton would pass the magic 270 EV's she needs to become our 45th president before we even start adding other battleground states into the mix.

While this is good news so far, it only becomes a reality if you vote.  If you haven't voted yet, please do so.  When you do, vote the entire ballot from the top of the ticket to dog catcher

Early voting in Texas will run until November 4.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Moni's 2016 POTUS Election Musing

Today as many of you know is the first day of early voting in my home state of Texas  I have loved early voting ever since they started doing it in the Lone Star State back in the 90's .

I love early voting because I can do so on my schedule and I'm not stuck waiting until November 8 when I already know who I'm voting for.   Another 14 days or so of campaign commercials and speeches isn't going to change my mind.

Spent some time at the West Gray Multicultural Service Center, one of the 45 early voting locations in Harris County for early the 2016 presidential election.   I arrived a little after noon to the delightful surprise of seeing a long line here, and it took me 45 minutes total to do so

40 minutes in line, and only five minutes to run through the ballot vote, check my work and press the SEND button on the E-Vote machine to handle my electoral business.

And yes H-town , I practiced what I'be been preaching to y'all and voted the entire ballot from POTUS to dog catcher.  I also voted for all the endorsed candidates on the Houston GLBT Caucus Card.

Who did I vote for for POTUS?  Definitely wasn't Trump,Jill Stein or Gary Johnson.

I voted for the person I endorsed for president on these TransGriot electronic pages.

This is another historic election I have been pleased and proud to participate in.  We set a first day early voting record in Harris County, so if you want to avoid the lines on November 8, better go now.

I was pleased that for the first time in my eligible voting life (my first election was the 1980 Carter-Reagan one) , I've had an opportunity to cast a ballot in a battleground state.

The fact the battleground state in question is my home state of Texas makes it that much sweeter and warms my political heart.

Seeing that long line at this polling place and others around town and the county also made me feel good.   It also compels me to remind you TransGriot readers across this nation to show up and show out at the polls because you vote matters.

Once again, early voting in Texas started today and will continue until November 4.  if the record turnout persists, may wish to do what I did and vote early as well.

The direction of this country for the next four years and beyond depends on it.

Miss Me With That 'ISIL KIlls Gays' BS, Trump Surrogates

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Was laughing my behind off when I was sent this link to a story by my Dallas homie Rafael McDonnell featuring this kneegrow Trump surrogate Brunell Donald-Kyei flapping her loud and wrong gums on FOX Noise.

She ranted about ISIL killing gay people and claiming a vote for Clinton is aiding and abetting the killing of international LGBTQ people

Girlfriend, have several seats at your nearest Chicago gay bar and miss me with that crap, okay?..

And here is a white lesbian with Trump Derangement Syndrome spouting another variation of the same talking point.

Yeah, right.   Miss me with that 'ISIL Kills Gays' BS when you have people supporting Trump who would like to not only replicate what ISIL is doing here in the USA, but start by rolling back our human rights as demonstrated by North Carolina's unjust HB 2 law, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick foolishly wishing to do the same here in Texas, attacking trans children, and the just passed Trans Rights Law being placed on the ballot in Massachusetts for a 2018 referendum.

Yes, LGBTQ rights are an international human rights issue. While it's important and necessary for those of us here in the United States to be concerned about what's happening with our trans, bi and SGL siblings around the planet, TBLGQ rights aren't secure yet here at home.

And my unapologetic Black trans self will be voting for candidates who do take my human rights and my humanity seriously.

And the Trump campaign is chock full of longtime gay baiting haters who would love to if he's elected, gleefully roll them back, and a vice presidential candidate in Steve Pence who has led the charge to do so in Indiana

So miss me with that ISIL Kills Gays crap when you or or party has not concerned in the least about the 23 (and counting) Black trans women who have been murdered this year.

Spare me that 'ISIL Kills Gays' crap when I haven't heard one syllable out of a Republican complaining about the anti-gay and anti-trans planks in their 2016 party platform.

Speare me that 'ISIL Kills Gays' crap when I hear nothing but cricket chirping silence when members of the Republican Party make transphobic and homophobic statements

Spare me that ISIL Kill Gays' crap when you are sending missionaries and people like Scott Lively abroad to spread transphobia and homophobia around the planet.

Spare me that 'ISIL KIlls Gays' crap when mnay white fundamentalists sound just like ISIL in their hate filled rants in right wing media.

And spare me the 'ISIL Kills Gays' crap when you conservatives are gleefully doing everything possible to oppress American GLBTQ people from the legislatures to the state and federal judiciary

 Y'all may think we're as stupid as your low information voting bloc, but we've been paying attention to your deeds and your transphobic and homophobic words.

And that's why I and other reality based TBLGQ Americans will overwhelmingly be voting for Clinton and everyone with a 'D' behind their names  during early voting in our reprstive states and on November 8.

Naw Conservafools, Clarence Thomas Doesn't Belong In The NMAAHC

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The newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture has over 350,000 square feet of exhibit space in the beautifully designed building that resembles an Egyptian pyramid that is ten stories tall, five of them below ground.

It has a collection of over 33,000 objects, with 3,500 of them on display in the museum including the Parliament-Funkadelic Mothership.  Tickets to enter the NMAAHC are sold out for the remainder of the year and through March 2017.

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But one of the things that is pissing conservatives off is there is no mention of Supreme Court (in)Justice Clarence Thomas except for his contentious SCOTUS confirmation hearing.

They want Thomas included in the NMAAHC, and have launched a petition campaign to make that happen.

Aww, poor conservababies. It's amusingly ironic they are pissed off about Thomas not being included in a national African American history museum they fought tooth and nail for decades to ensure would never open.

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I say not only no, but hell no to Uncle Thomas' inclusion in the NMAAHC.

Selling out your people has a cost, and one of those is being considered a pariah amongst your people and going down in Black history as the man who was the antithesis of the towering legal legacy of Justice Thurgood Marshall.

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Thomas was on the wrong side of far too many cases that involved or negatively affected our people including being the deciding vote in the Shelby case that eviscerated Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, Citizens United, Voter ID laws and voting rights, and affirmative action just to name a few.

And no amount of whining from you conservatives or attempts to sanitize that odious anti-Black legacy will change the decades of disgust we African-Americans feel and have for him whenever we hear Clarence Thomas' name mentioned.

So nope, the only way Clarence Thomas should get into the NMAAHC is to buy a ticket.

Time To Early Vote Texas!

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In a few hours across the Lone Star State early voting kicks off and runs until November 4.

After three contentious presidential debates and debates in other down ballot races, it's time to handle our civic duty in an election that has Texas for the first time since 1976 up for grabs as a presidential battleground state.  

It's also the first one in a while that the odious Texas voter suppression law isn't in effect

You do not need a Texas ID to vote.  You do need to be registered and have the blue Texas voter registration card when you go to the polls.

And yeah Dan Patrick, I'm unapologetically Black, trans, I vote, and I'm looking to fire everyone with an (R.) behind their name on the ballot in 2016 and beyond.

Can't wait to fire yours and Ken Paxton's trans oppressive behinds from office in 2018.

I've pretty much made up my mind a long time ago who I support in this election, so I'm not waiting until November 8   If you haven't made up your mind ,for you in Harris County, here's the list of candidates the Houston GLBT Caucus endorsed.    

The Houston Chronicle and other papers across the state will probably be posting their candidate endorsements tomorrow as well.

I also want to urge you and cannot stress enough the importance of voting the ENTIRE ballot from POTUS to dog catcher because #DownBallotRacesMatter.  

It is critical to the advancement and defense of our human rights to have candidates who are cognizant of our TBLGQ community issues in our federal and state courthouses, on city council, in the county commissioners courthouse, in the state legislature, on the school board, and at every level of government.

They want and need your votes as well

Here are the early voting times in Harris County.   Check your county clerk website for the times in your Texas neck of the woods.

Here are the early voting times in Harris County, (the city of Houston's county for you non Texans)

Early voting will be in various locations across the county, and have different times for different periods of it.   From October 24-28, the early voting polling centers will be open from 8 AM-6 PM.

On Souls To The Polls Weekend, the early voting locations on Saturday October 29 will be open from 7 AM-7 PM, and on Sunday, October 30 from 1-6 PM

From October 31-November 4, the polls will be open from 7 AM-7 PM.

Once again, please handle your electoral business.  The stakes are too high for you to stay at home and pout because you didn't get the perfect candidate.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton For President

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The bottom line is Hillary Clinton as the former Secretary of State, a US senator, a longtime member of this party and as First Lady is more than qualified to lead and make history as our nation's first female president.
TransGriot, February 16, 2016

That quote was from my Democratic primary endorsement post of her back in February, and with early voting about to start in Texas tomorrow, thought I'd make it clear where I stand in terms of who I am endorsing to become the 45th president of the United States.

Hillary Clinton

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It's crystal clear that she is head and shoulders more qualified than any candidate in this race including Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

Donald Trump?  Please.  He isn't qualified to be a high school class president, much less president of the United States.

It should be obvious to anyone with cognitive ability that Trump is a not ready for presidential prime time.   He is a dangerous, lying authoritarian demagogue who doesn't need to be anywhere near our nation's nuclear launch codes.

Image result for obama osama bin laden raidWith the critical issues facing this country like the Supreme Court, immigration reform, the renewal of the Voting Rights Act, trans rights, police reform, student debt, health care, and terrorism just to name a few of the challenges facing the next president plus a deeply polarized nation, Clinton is the one qualified to handle it and has the experience to do so.

She has been in position to observe two presidents as the First Lady during Bill Clinton's administration, and the Secretary of State serving President Obama.  She is undeniably the person most qualified to run this nation on Day One should she be chosen by the voters on November 8.

Some of you don't like her and I get that.  But also deal with the reality that much of the shade being thrown at her is old GOP smears from the 90's, combined with sexism, misogyny and new smears and lies they came up with in this century.,

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The boys have occupied the Oval Office for good or ill for 229 years.  It's past time to have a woman in the Oval Office, and Hillary Clinton is the person who happens to be ready and qualified to make that history.

And yes, I will proud to cast my ballot for her, and here are some of the reasons why..

It's time.  #ImwithHer

Trans Girl Wins Her Fight With A DoDEA Superintendent

Sometimes the worst bullies that transgender kids face are not their fellow classmates, but school administrators and legislators. We had an example of that surface recently from Germany.

Blue is the trans daughter of an Air Force active duty father serving at Ramstein Air Base.  The 11 year old fifth grader came out as trans during the summer and has been accepted by her parents, fellow students and administrators at Ramstein Intermediate School, one of the four schools on the base administered by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

Image result for Ramstein Intermediate SchoolThe DoDEA operates 191 schools in 12 nations, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico and serves more than 82,000 children of active duty military and DOD civilian families .

She had been given approval to use the bathroom and locker facilities that match her gender presentation by the principal of the school, but that decision was overruled by Liz Dunham, the superintendent of the Bavaria district of the DoDEA.

Dunham told Blue's parents she would either have to use the boys bathroom or a single stall one several flights of floors below her classroom.   When Blue's parents pointed out that there were four other trans students on the base , Dunham according to Blue's mother Jess reportedly didn't care.

Well, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter did care.   So did Ashley Broadway-Mack, the president of the American Military Partner Association who blasted Dunham's trans oppressive attitude.
"All students, regardless of their gender identity, deserve to be able to go to school in an environment free from discrimination and harassment. The Department of Defense school system is currently observing October as National Bullying Prevention Month, yet this superintendent has unacceptably chosen to single out and discriminate against a student because of her gender identity. Transgender youth already face high rates of marginalization, bullying, and harassment, and we urge the Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, Mr. Thomas Brady, to immediately step in and correct this unconscionable decision."
And never underestimate or piss off a Mama Bear.

Dunham's decision was overruled, and Blue and all trans students in DoDEA schools will be able to use the bathrooms and facilities that match their gender presentation.

That's supposed to happen tomorrow.   We'll see if it does for Blue and all trans students in those schools and across the DoDEA system.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Not Liking The Shady Comments Being Directed At Laverne Over 'Rocky Horror'

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 I was parked in front of the television Thursday night watching Laverne Cox play the iconic role of Dr. Frank-n-Furter in the FOX reimagining of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

I was shocked, but shouldn't have been surprised to hear some shady sniping coming once again from elements of trans community about the show.

I guess the only thing that would have made y'all happy is if a white trans actress had played that role instead of Laverne, huh?  

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Well boo boo kitties, Black trans people are also actors in Hollywood, so burn that fact into your brains.   Laverne is the one they chose for the role, she has the talent to play it, has a BA in dance, and when the legal drama Doubt finally premieres on CBS I have the utmost confidence she will slay that Cameron Wirth role as well

Damn, here we have the historic moment of a trans person, and even more important to Black Trans World, a Black trans woman playing an iconic movie role in a prime time network television slot, and some of y'all wanna throw shade and be salty about that?  

#StopTheShade, have some seats at your local multiplex and miss me with that BS, okay?  

Image result for Laverne Cox rocky horrorWhite trans women have been the center of trans attention ever since Christine Jorgensen stepped off the airplane at JFK in February 1953.

It's not only past time for trans women of color to get some of that spotlight, it's also past time for you vanillacentric privileged malcontents sniping at Laverne for Rocky Horror to realize and burn into your brains there is room for all of us to shine.

I'm appreciating the fact that Laverne once again is making history, and sadly the disappointing shady chatter is proving to me once again why Afrocentric trans events like BTAC are necessary

It's alo proving to me once again that some haters are gonna hate even when it's a trans person of color making that positive history.

Heading To Boston Wednesday

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Next week I'm heading to New England and staying in Boston for the first time since my trip to the NABJ Convention in 2014 and Fantasia Fair last year.

The purpose of this upcoming trip is I'm heading up to Harvard University to receive the 2016 Phillips Brooks House Associations Robert Coles Call of Service Award

The Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) was founded in 1984, and it is a student led nonprofit organization at Harvard that engages 1,600 undergraduate students in 83 social service and action programs that benefit over 10,000 low income people in the Boston and Cambridge, MA areas and beyond.

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The programs run by PBHA also include Y2Y Harvard Square, the nation's first youth-run homeless shelter for young adults, many of who are members of our LGBTQ community.

I'm receiving the award on October 28, and so looking forward to breaking out some of my sweaters on this trip, meeting with the PBHA staff and seeing some of my Massachusetts fam.

May also try to go to the JFK Presidential Library while I'm there as well.

See y'all Wednesday.

2016 UH Cougar Watch- Battling SMU

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The 6-1 University of Houston Cougars rebounded from their 46-40 AAC West Division conference loss at Navy and falling to number 13 in the rankings to come home to the comfy confines of The Cage and see the defense literally win the game for them in the last 81 seconds.

The Third Ward Defense forced a fumble from Tulsa QB Dane Evans that linebacker Emeke Egbule scooped up and raced 24 yards for a touchdown to take the lead with 1:21 remaining in the game..

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 After the UH offense punted.  Tulsa drove from their own 11 yard line to the UH 1.  The defense then made two huge plays with freshman defensive tackle Ed Oliver stuffing a running play for a one yard loss,.

With seven seconds left on the game clock, after blitzing and flushing Evans out of the pocket, kept Golden Hurricane defense end Jesse Brubaker from turning and scoring after he caught a pass on the goal line from Evans and was kept out of the endzone by safeties Khalil Williams and Austin Robinson as the clock expired to cap a thrilling 38-31 win.

It was also redemption for a defense that got shredded for 306 rushing yards in the loss to the Midshipmen and 365 passing yards by Tulsa.  The win also made them bowl eligible for the tenth time in the last 12 seasons.

Image result for UH vs Tulsa football 2016The number 11 ranked Cougars head up I-45 today to face off at Gerald J. Ford Stadium with an old Southwest Conference rival in the SMU Mustangs.

While the Mustangs are 2-4, and at the bottom of the American West Division standings, they do have weapons on the offensive side to make this a problematic game if the Cougars repeat the turnover filled performance they had in that Navy loss.

It would make the Mustangs season if they could pin another loss on the Cougars and wreck their chances of playing in a New Years Six bowl and their chances of repeating as The American champions.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at 6 PM CDT.

TransGriot Update: Cougars were upset by SMU 38-16

Friday, October 21, 2016

Shut Up Fool Awards- Black Panther 50th Anniversary Weekend Edition.

The Black Panther Party For Self Defense was formed 50 years ago in Oakland, CA on October 15, 1966.  What was one of the motivating factors for their founding?   Being fed up with oppressive police tactics in our neighborhoods.  

Despite what COInTELPRO and conservatives try to tell you about the BPP, they were popular and grew rapidly in Black neighborhoods because they had a coherent political message combined with social programs like the free breakfast, free medial care clinics, and an emergency response ambulance program just for starters.  

They were even ahead of the curve on women's rights and gay rights, as this August 1970 speech from Huey P. Newton demonstrates.

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The reason I'm bringing up the BPP is because this weekend in Oakland  the founding and the legacy of the Panthers is being celebrated  from October 20-23 at various locations with the theme of 'Where Do We Go From Here?'

All Power To The People!   And now, let's get to our usual Friday business of calling out the fool, fools or group of fools who made the cut for this week's TransGriot Shut Up Fool Awards.

Honorable mention number one is to Donald Trump for just pick a reprehensible comment or lie.

Honorable mention number two is to Dr Elizabeth Dunham the DoD official who overruled principal Mary Salerno  at the US run Ramstein Intermediate School on the Ramstein Air Base and barred a trans teen who is the child of a military officer from using the female restrooms.

Honorable mention number three is Pat Buchanan.  UnKKKle Pat tried to claim in a recent column that the system is rigged against white men.

Really?  In what delusional world?   Donald Trump's presidential campaign is Exhibit A it isn't.

Honorable mention number four is the Rocky Horror remake star Richard O'Brien, who opened his loud and wrong mouth by stating trans women can't be women.

Oh really?  You're neither trans, a woman, or someone who has an PhD in gender issues, so you have zero credibility to speak on the topic of transsexuality.

And once again, the humanity of trans people is not subject to debate or discussion.

Honorable mention number five is Rep. Bruce Babin (R-TX) who doubled down on Trump's 'nasty woman' debate comment by stating 'a lady need to be told when she's being nasty'.

And sometimes, Rep Babin, a Republican needs to be told when they are being a misogynist sexist idiot.
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This week's SUF winner is also a Texan in my reprehensible  Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, for trying to rebrand his discriminatory HB2 style Texas Transgender Oppression Act  as a 'women's privacy act'

Naw dude, you ain't fooling nobody with that crap, and I and my Texas trans fam and our allies will do everything in our power to kill it.

And I can't wait to vote you out of office in 2018.

Dan Patrick, shut up fool!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Must See Trans TV- Rocky Horror Starring Laverne Cox On Tonight

The actress also discusses her personal connection to the beloved movie musical. "It’s part of what gave me the courage to truly transition," she tells THR.
Just your friendly TransGriot reminder that while we wait for her debut on the upcoming CBS legal drama Doubt as attorney Cameron Wirth, the reimagined version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show starring Laverne Cox

She talked about her personal connection to the original movie in this Hollywood Reporter article,

The reimagined Rocky Horror Picture Show will be on your FOX television screens starting  later tonight at 7 PM CDT

TransGriot 2016 NFL Picks-Week 7

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I had a great Week 6 picking NFL games highlighted by the Texans coming back from their somnambulant first half of offense at NRG Stadium to resemble and NFL offense in the second half to tie and eventually prevail in overtime in this critical AFC South Division game against the Indianapolis Colts thanks in large part to Lamar Miller and the Texans defense.

Now they face an interesting Monday night game with the Denver Texans Broncos in which they'll not only be facing their former coaches in Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips, but several former Texans.

That'll be on Monday night.  

I rebounded from a subpar for me 8-6 to go 10-5 despite the upsets.  Mike on the other hand after cutting my lead in half after his first winning week of the season followed that up with another sub 500 one to give me a five game lead going into this week..

And it's time to build on that momentum and pick this week's NFL games.

Only 15 games on this week's on the schedule, and you long time TransGriot readers know the drill for this TransGriot prognostication contest..

Teams I'm picking to be victorious are in bold print, with the home team in CAPS.   Teams on their bye week are two heading in opposite directions in the reeling Carolina Panthers and the Arlington Dallas Cowboys

There's also another NFL International game happening in London with the Giants and Rams facing off at Wembley Stadium.

Yeah, still hate that NFL franchise up I-45 with a passion  And with them getting off to a 5-1 start, their Harris County Fifth Column is going to be insufferable until they start losing again.
The best Cowboy fan is a silent one.

Focus, Moni..  Eyes on the prize in defending my 2015 title.  Time for this week's picks.   Mike's will be here.

And for those of you wondering where's Eli, he's sitting this season out recovering from a serious health challenge.   Send him your warm thoughts and prayers.  

He did make a preseason Super Bowl pick, and I'll reveal that to you next week.

2016 NFL Week 5 Results                                       2016 NFL Season Record      

TransGriot    10-5                                                      TransGriot    58-34
Mike               7-8                                                       Mike            53-39
Eli                   ---                                                        Eli                 --

Thursday Night Game

PACKERS over Bears

International Game
Giants over RAMS

Sunday Early Games
CHIEFS over Saints
Colts over TITANS
Vikings over EAGLES
BENGALS over Browns
LIONS over Washington
Raiders over JAGUARS
Bills over DOLPHINS
Ravens at JETS

Sunday Afternoon Games
Buccaneers over 49ERS
FALCONS over Chargers
Patriots over STEELERS

Sunday Night Game

Seahawks over CARDINALS

Monday Night Game
Texans over BRONCOS

Yes, You Are A Masterpiece

"Tell all those who think that I'm a mistake, that I'm not a mistake. I'm a masterpiece."

My little sis nails it in this quote from her.   In its simplicity it's a quote that her trans elders also need to adopt and role model in their lives.

It's also apropos to discuss it on Spirit Day.

Yes trans people, you are as Trinity said a masterpiece.  We are part of the diverse mosaic of human life.  We have insights on life forged by us spending time on the opposite side of the gender continuum.   And despite all the opposition and irrational hatred being sent our way, we not only survive, but if given the opportunity, we rise about the challenges placed in our paths and thrive.

It's time to not only wtalk the exceptional talk, but walk the walk that comes with it.

So hold your heads up high, my trans siblings.   You are a masterpiece, and never let anyone tell you that you aren't.

Canadian C-16 Trans Rights Bill Passes Second Reading!

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Been keeping an eye north of the border tracking the progress of Bill C-16, AKA the Trans Rights Bill that was introduced back on May 17.   It's the first time one of these trans human rights bills is being pushed by the governing majority, and it passed another critical step to becoming Canadian law two days ago.

C-16 had its first parliamentary debate on October 18, and as you probably guessed, the Conservatives in their response speech to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould sponsor's speech dragged out the bathroom arguments.

They were swiftly debunked by NDP MP Randall Garrison. in his response speech.

As many of you TransGriot are aware of,  MP Garrison has previously filed two private member's bills that have passed the House of Commons only to get bogged down in the Conservative dominated Senate, or spiked by election calls.  C-16 being a government sponsored bill increases its chance of passage.   He has also tabled C-204, another trans rights private member's bill

C-16 would bar discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act against trans people in the areas of employment.   It would also make changes to the Canadian Criminal Code  so that gender identity and expression are added to the nation's hate speech laws.

The House of Commons voted 248-40 to pass C-16 thanks to unanimous support from the Liberals and the NDP with some Conservative legislators voting affirmatively for it.

C-16 was subsequently sent to the Justice and Human Rights Committee.   If it clears committee, it will then be sent back to the House for a third reading vote.

The hope is that C-16 will be in the Senate before the end of 2016

It's A Debate Sweep For Clinton

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The final debate was in Las Vegas last night, and once again it was another win for President Secretary Hillary Clinton in which she decisively spanked that behind once again.

Trump came out swinging, but once again proved once again he didn't have the stamina or command of policy to hang with Clinton

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And when Trump didn't have an answer to a policy question, he did what he always does: lie, deflect and stall to avoid answering it, and when that didn't work, launched false attacks of Clinton

But the comment that is probably going to sink his campaign for good is not emphatically stating he wouldn't accept the election results  if when he loses

Secretary Clinton talked about this on her campaign plane.

Once again the polls have spoken and backed up what I observed by overwhelmingly stating she won.   I agree.  Another win for Secretary Clinton

Hopefully the debate sweep results in an resounding electoral college win on November 8

It's Spirit Day 2016!

Today is Spirit Day,    It's the day created by Canadian teen Brittany McMillan to wear purple in support of our TBLGQ youth who are being bullied in school settings

WE wear purple to denote our support for our BTLGQ younglings on this day, but the best way to support them will be to kick out all legislators like Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton and Pat McCrory who are demonizing our kids for their selfish political gain

Translation, vote the GOP legislative bullies out of office on November 8 or sooner if your state has early voting.

That's the first  and most important action step step to creating a world in which LGBTQ youth are respected, protected, and it is made clear to friend, foe and frenemy that their human rights are not to be messed with.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

20th Annual OutSmart Gayest and Greatest Awards Presentation Tonight

Tonight starting at 5 PM will be the live presentation of OutSmart Magazine's Gayest and Greatest Readers Choice Awards.

OutSmart is our local LGBTQ magazine here in Houston, and this is the 20th year they have presented these awards honoring our local heroes, sheroes and community organizations

The live awards will be presented in the People categories for the Best Male and Female LGBT Business Persons, Favorite Male and Female Commercial Radio Personality,  Favorite Male and Female Community Radio Personality,  Favorite Male and Female Community Hero, Favorite Male and Female Community Photographer, Favorite Male and Female Local Politician, Favorite Male and Female TV Personality, Leading Male and Female Fundraiser, Most Prominent Male and Female LGBT Activist, Most Valuable Male and Female volunteer and Favorite LGBT Philanthropic Organization..

Image result for Rich's HoustonWhile I was nominated in three categories this year, unfortunately I didn't get enough votes to make the finals.   Maybe next year.

Congratulations to all the people who are finalists for these awards, those who won in other categories this year and good luck this evening.

The live presentation will take place at Rich's Houston, located at 2401 San Jacinto St. near downtown from 5 PM -9 PM.

Texas Early Voting Starts October 24

Since the last presidential debate between Democratic nominee Sec. Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will be talking place later tonight, it's a nice time to remind all you TransGriot Texas readers that early voting is starting on October 24 in the Lone Star State.

With polls showing that the race is within the margin of error, we have a chance to make happen something that hasn't occurred since I was 14 in seeing Texas go blue.

The last time that happened was in 1976 when Jimmy Carter took the Lone Star State, and now we have a historic opportunity to flip it to blue.

But for that to happen, you must go to the polls and vote.   And don't just start and stop with the presidential race either.  There are other races and positions on the ballot that need your undivided attention, and you need to vote from POTUS to dog catcher

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Also as a reminder, thanks to the Veasey v. Abbott case, the Texas Voter Suppression law is DEAD because it was declared unconstitutional.  

The Texas GOP still tried to play that voter suppression game, and got called on it by Nelva Gonzales Ramos, the federal judge overseeing the case ruled they were willfully defying her order.

Harris County clerk Stan Stanart (R) is also being investigated by the court as well.   Time to replace him anyway on November 8 with someone who will fairly administer the election system in our county.

In case you're wondering, Judge Ramos is an Obama appointee.  Presidential elections matter, especially when it comes to the federal judiciary.

You do not need a photo ID to vote if you don't have one. You will need to be registered and have your blue voter registration card, and sign a statement swearing you are the person appearing to vote before you will be allowed to..

I'm looking forward to doing my civic duty and gleefully saying, "You're fired" to every Republican on my ballot, and can't wait until 2018 to do the same to Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton and Greg Abbott.

Back to focusing on the task at hand in this 2016 election.  

In Harris County, (the city of Houston's county for you non Texans) early voting will be in various locations, and have different times for different periods.   From October 24-28, the early voting polling centers will be open from 8 AM-6 PM.

On Souls To The Polls Weekend, on Saturday the early voting locations will be open from 7 AM-7 PM on Saturday, October 29, and on Sunday, October 30 from 1-6 PM

From October 31-November 4, the polls will be open from 7 AM-7 PM.

Check your local county clerk website for the times and early voting polling locations for your part of the Lone Star State.   You can also check the Texas Secretary of State website for more information about our upcoming election.