Miss Major Griffin Gracy

15 Jul 19
Transgender Forum

Say kids, what time is it? Time for The Week In Trans! Today we learn that trans author/activist Sarah McBride is running for her state’s Senate. The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would allow trans people to serve in the military. We find out how ICE treats transgender women in detention. Mike Pompeo creates a human rights panel made up of people who would deny trans people their rights. How much could you spend on gender transition procedures? A research study shows that trans people who pass in their preferred gender get a pass from people. A South Korean drag queen talks about using drag to raise awareness. A Stonewall veteran has had a stroke at the age of 78. Pose focuses on violence against trans women in a recent episode. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends a drag show and joins the performers onstage. At the right wing rally in D.C. a group of drag queens shouted down the right wingers. Mattel has created a Barbie doll version of Ziggy Stardust. Scarlett Johansson says she should be able to portray any person, tree, or animal since that’s an actor’s job. Gigi Gorgeous has married Nats Getty, a granddaughter of J. Paul Getty. There’s all that plus a smattering of TWIT Awards waiting for you in this edition of TWIT!

06 Jul 19
Font Folly

I had several news stories that either didn’t make the cut for this week’s Friday Five, or that I found after posting. And there was even a good strong theme emerging. And then I saw something that had totally slipped by me yesterday: Miss Major Griffin-Gracy Has Suffered a Stroke – The Stonewall veteran and […]

06 Jul 19

Books and Coffee

revolutionarykoolaid: Activist Miss Major Recounts the First Night at the Stonewall Riots One of our fiercest and most persistent elders from Stonewall Inn needs us right now! Ms Major Griffin-Gracy has sadly suffered from a stroke, and will require extended recovery. She has given her life fighting for the LGBTQ community, especially for trans women […]

28 Jun 19
OtherWise Christian

Miss Major Griffin Gracy is a Black transgender woman and elder. She is a veteran of the Stonewall riots (which are credited with “kicking off” the modern “gay liberation” movement). Miss Major is a transgender icon, but perhaps an unlikely OtherWise Christian icon. However unlikely, she emerged as just such a figure in the final section […]

26 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 26–Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: WEDNESDAY Democratic debate, day one: Watch party for the first debate of Democratic presidential candidates. $10. 5:30 p.m., Manny’s, 3092 16th St., San Francisco. More information is here. Democratic debate watch party: At Everett & Jones barbecue, sponsored by Democracy Action East Bay. Free. 5 p.m., 126 […]

25 Jun 19
Hyperallergic

Attempting to complicate dominant narratives, The Stonewall Reader offers a broader, but not always balanced, range of accounts.

25 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 25–Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: TUESDAY Antiwar rally: A rally against military action against Iran, organized by the ANSWER Coalition. 6-7 p.m., 24th Street BART station plaza, 24th and Mission streets, San Francisco. “Sand and Blood”: Screening of journalist John Carlos Frey’s documentary on “America’s stealth war on the Mexico border.” Benefit […]

25 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 25–Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: TUESDAY Antiwar rally: A rally against military action against Iran, organized by the ANSWER Coalition. 6-7 p.m., 24th Street BART station plaza, 24th and Mission streets, San Francisco. “Sand and Blood”: Screening of journalist John Carlos Frey’s documentary on “America’s stealth war on the Mexico border.” Benefit […]

23 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 22–Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: SUNDAY Courage to Run S.F.: A celebration of women getting politically active and running for office, with a 5K run and party. Free to $40. 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area in Golden Gate Park. More information is here. Indivisible East Bay: General meeting. 1 p.m., […]

23 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 22–Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: SUNDAY Courage to Run S.F.: A celebration of women getting politically active and running for office, with a 5K run and party. Free to $40. 8:30 a.m., Pioneer Log Cabin picnic area in Golden Gate Park. More information is here. Indivisible East Bay: General meeting. 1 p.m., […]

21 Jun 19
Arcynewsy

The end of this month marks 50 years since New York police raided the Stonewall Inn gay bar, prompting residents and LGBTQ residents to fight in a series of clashes that eventually sparked what was then it was called the homosexual liberation movement. A year later, the marches to commemorate the unrest and celebrate the […]

20 Jun 19
Daily Republic

Jun. 19–Upcoming political events in the Bay Area: THURSDAY Pride speak-out: A street speak-out on the history and present state of the LGBTQ+ struggle, hosted by S.F. Party for Socialism and Liberation. 6 p.m., 24th and Mission streets, San Francisco. More information is here. FRIDAY Stonewall anniversary: A discussion of how the Stonewall rebellion of […]

19 Jun 19
Literary Hub

It’s been nearly 50 years since a police raid terrorized the trans women, gay men, drag queens, and others at the Stonewall Inn, whose days-long uprising would form a cultural landmark of the modern political movement for queer rights. In June, after years of urging from queer activists, NYPD commissioner James O’Neill issued a formal […]

19 Jun 19
Literary Hub

The summer of 1969 opened up vistas and strange dreams. There was the moon landing, the Beatles on the rooftop in London playing “Get Back” with the lyrics that intrigued me: “sweet Loretta Martin thought she was a woman, but she was another man.” There would be Ted Kennedy’s lurching, drunk Chappaquiddick death jaunt, that […]

18 Jun 19
UltraViolet

By Chaya and Deni  MOVIE REVIEWS BOOKSMART (review by Deni) Fun, funny, annoying, progressive, regressive, I found this highly rated coming-of-age film often entertaining despite its shortcomings. But I read a few critical reviews and agreed with them also, so go figure. Directed by actor Olivia Wilde (I loved her as the character “13” in […]

14 Jun 19
Just Sayin'

50 years after the Stonewall uprising kicked off the LGBTQ rights movement, we met up with Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a black trans woman who was there. She’s starting a retreat for trans and non-binary kids in Arkansas.