Tranny to Texas and Back

Back from Creating Change in Dallas! The conference was pretty small this year, maybe 2500 people. There were less young people than last year, but other than that there was a good representation of the community. I am actually pretty satisfied with the Task Force’s work in creating an inclusive, intersectional community- a rarity to come from a national organization. They have been increasingly good about having lots of stuff for trans folk, both from an accessibility and an activity standpoint and this year they added multi-lingual events and interpreters to the slew of accessibility options, which is most excellent.

I was very surprised at the number of radically minded folks this year. Often there is a surplus of pro-marriage, HRC humping agenda pushers but as the years go on they are appearing less and less at Creating Change. I overheard several conversations about the faults of the marriage movement and even dialogue about the Task Force’s name. (full name Gay and Lesbian Task Force). Mark, from QueerToday.com made an excellent post talking about the conference here. I actually don’t even recall very many cases of being called the wrong pronoun. It was a surprisingly safe space. In fact, for a trip to Texas, I made out surprisingly unscathed.  Short of some awkward conversations with taxi drivers about illegal aliens and what I am “activating” about as an activist, plus multiple run-ins with airport security, I made out ok. The city was surprisingly empty, and in many places reminded me of pre-2000s East Berlin -in a bad way. Guess I expected Texas to be immune from the recession. There were also a surprisingly large number of independent businesses on the outskirts of the city. Inside the city, aside from the art museums, it was more difficult to find much independent Dallas culture. I wasn’t able to visit with my sister, who lives in Denton, which was a downer and I had several health issues that made me miss a chunk of the conference. On the whole though, I got to do a lot of great stuff while I was there. Saw some wonderful o’l friends I don’t usually get to see, always good. And I did some great networking, which again is always good. I am feeling optimistic about the work to be done in the next year. This is a crucial time for a lot for trans stuff, and its important we keep working.

Also, make sure you are keeping up with ENDA and fighting the good fight!  We are coming down to the wire, March is almost here!

And now for some photos!

you knew there had to be a cowboy hat picture

[image: JAC smiling, wearing a cowboy hat]

Super Queer Limo

[image: group of queer activists in front of a limo]

Model Poses

[image: group of sassy trans activsts looking like models]

[picture of] The Ohio triad, Shane Morgan TrasOhio Columbus, and Jake Nash, TO Cleveland, and me GQ Coalition

And I’d like to give a special shout out to my #1 fan, and “new manager”, Goddess Orie

[image:  picture of JAC in a blue shirt, laughing while standing with a woman with brown hair and eyes wearing purple, who looks very excited]

4 comments

  • That sounds awesome! I’m glad it went well for you. I’m curious, were people asking about pronouns or was it a case of being read properly?

  • LOL I love that I got a shout out!!!! Now to negotiate my 10%…. lol <3

  • I am so desperately sad that I missed CC. A lot of other folks from the ordinance campaign went, but considering I’ve been unemployed since November, I had use my savings for living. A good friend of mine presented twice, and I believe another of my friends (who was a task force fellow this summer) presented once. Overall, I hear it was an awesome time and I’m glad you enjoyed it, despite health woes.

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