Monday, November 20, 2017

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Today trans people are having ceremonies all over the world paying homage to those who have been lost to violence, suicide, and illness. For some it's not an easy day because they've lost friends and family members. My heart goes out to them.

It's also important that we honor those from the past such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. Honor is to be paid to the activist today who are fighting for us. I know a few personally who are out there on the front lines.

We need to be thankful that we have made it through another year. Some who were here a year are no longer with us. Yes there is sadness however reflect on the many good things that have happened. Keep moving ahead. Don't let anyone deter you from being who you are. You are beautiful!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Commentary

Last night I attended Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony downtown. Homage was paid to the 26 known transgender murders in America.

The name of each person was read along with a slide presentation. I read the name of a young trans woman who was only seventeen. Seventeen! She dreams, talent, and a steady who loved her. Ally will never fulfill them because people killed her because she was different.

I pray that some day the day of remembrance will become a day of celebration. My deceased trans sisters and brothers were smart, empathetic, bold talented, and loved. They lived their lives authentically and proudly.

Genevieve's Gems

People have to liberate themselves; liberation is not a single act. It's a question of eternal vigilance. Otherwise, you will be ensnared by someone else.


~Norman Finkelstein, Educator

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Edgy About TDOR

The Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony will be held at Sage Center tomorrow at 6:30 PM. I'm am a bit nervous, something that never happened in previous years. Maybe it's because many items will need to be stressed. 

Transgender people have made tremendous strides, as witnessed by the eight transgender people elected to public office in recent elections. However, there is still much misunderstanding and misinformation about who transgender are and the struggles that many face every day. Even in the LGB communities, the misunderstanding is surprising and sad. 

I will be reciting a poem at the ceremony. I'm wanting to convey the sadness of the transgender people lost in 2917 but also the successes we have had. We are not just survivors; we are victors living authentically in a world that wishes to silence us.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vet's Parade

Yesterday I attended the Veterans Day parade. I wore a black cap with gold writing spelling 'Army Veteran'. As many marchers past by a few of them came up to me thanking me for my service. And I was ma'amed!

The mood was subdued. Perhaps with ehat has happened in recent weeks may have something to do with it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

TDOR Ceremonies

A group of us is preparing for ceremonies for the Transgender Day of Remembrance. It has been the bloodiest year for trans people. Besides honoring those who have passed, we want remember those who are living. There will be another planning session next week. Can't wait to see what we come up with.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Election Day

Be sure to vote today!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Rights were won when people took to the streets. They were never won in a corporate boardroom.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Twenty Two

The murder of Candace Towns in Macon, Georgia makes her the 22nd trans person murdered in the US in 2017. This has been quite a year and, with the current political climate, I'm surprised that number isn't higher. One of those murders, Barbara Bostick, happened near senior place I go to every week.

 Transgender Day of Remembrance is very important not just to honor those who has passed on but also those of us who are living. We are marching on though. I have never lived my life and not going to. I support my trans sisters and brothers.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. 



~George Washington Carver

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

All Lives Matter vs. Black Lives Matter

This is purely my own thoughts. It's very true that all lives matter. When its put out there to counteract the message of black lives matter it comes off as the lives and concerns of black people being dismissed. I'm reading between the lines possibly but this is what I come up with.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Preparations will be made for Transgender Day of Remembrance. We are brainstorming ideas for the event this year. I'm going to read a poem this time. SAGE will celebrate TDOR on Friday, November 17th at 6:45 pm.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention. 


~John Burroughs

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Newfest



Today is opening of the annual Newfest Film Festival in New York City. Tere are all kinds of films from shorts to documentaries to full length features. 

Go to www.newfest.org for more information.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Commentary

There are a few things I would love to see happen.

1. I want to see less trying to score brownie points by the left. I'm tired of reading headlines like 'Trump mad' or 'we are dead in the water'. How about spending more time on the things that really matter. The fifteen minutes of is soon  forgotten.

2. I would love to see the right understand that life does not always follow a linear path. There are differences in people you may not comprehend but they do exist. Try to sit with the people and see where they are coming from. Just because some folks aren't part of your tribe or paradigm does not invalidate their values

3. There are serious problems in the country. Going into denial, being angry or depressed doesn't do you or anyone else any good. There is the need to work on the concerns important to you.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Racism oppresses its victims,  but also binds the oppressors, who sears their consciences with more and more lies until they become prisoners of those lies. They cannot face the truth of human equality because it reveals the horror of the injustices they commit. 


~Alveda King  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coming Out Day

Today is National Coming Out Day. The moment I step outside I'm out.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

California

Please pray for the folks in California.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It is about impact, influence, and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers.



~Robin S. Sharma

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Prayers

Please continue to pray for Mexico, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Las Vegas.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Depth and Perception

I have gotten back to creating and writing poetry again. The difference this time is that I'm seeking to share more of my inner thoughts and concerns. This is quite a evolution for me personally.

I always said that I was going to live my life openly and I'm doing that. The néed for me to be a rock in the times I'm presently living in is pushing me to be more in depth about sharing and living. I'm not so sure where this will but the past few poems I've written indicates a shift in focus and depth.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Commentary-Anthem

It's been a long time since the national anthem has sparked so much conversation. Predominantly black players in the NFL are refusing to stand during the playing of the anthem because of the injustice done to black people as a whole. 

I'm playing devil's advocate here. A few points to be considered. I am black. I stand for the playing of the anthem(always have). While I don't particularly agree with what they are doing I understand their position. Second point is that the country has been this way before. Muhammad Ali refusing induction into the military in 1967.  Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising clenched fists at the 1968 Olympics.  When I was in junior college in 1968 and 1969 black student did not stand at the play of the anthem much to the chagrin of the predominantly white audience.

What I notice is that white folks get really angry when black folks do this. They may say that they are hurting our men and women serving in the military. I was in the army in 1971 during the Vietnam era. Protests were happening almost every day. It didn't affect me one bit. For years I've heard people say if you don't like America, then leave. Why? Theirs and mine ancestors came here in chains and were subjected of some of the harshest treatment. 

I'm sure some have said why should I stand for the anthem when America hasn't respected me as a person? A valid question. Some will say that they are just spoiled brats who don't appreciate what they can have in America. Some of these players come from some rough backgrounds where drugs, violence and poverty were rampant. Another point is that just because a few people have found success does not mean that the masses are have, far from it. One needs to remember after the game the players still live in society. That's why when someone says 'just shut up and play' is, in my mind, is a stupid and ignorant comment.

I mentioned earlier that I was in the service. I attend the Veteran's Day parade every year. I have marched in it and now view it as a spectator. I served to preserve the freedoms we enjoy. I served so that white supremacists had to right to protest though their message is deplorable. The anthem protests are also people exercising their free speech. This is what America is about. 

I still believe that there are many white folks who really don't know what black people have to go through on a daily basis. It seems that people are going to tribal warfare and that is not good for anyone. I would love to discuss this topic with anyone who cares to. 

As I also mentioned earlier, I'm just playing devil's advocate. 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

When the women's liberation movement began, whe people began protest agaist the Vietnam War, civil rights movement, at the beginning of these movements, the majority of the country was not with them, did not believe in the basic principles of any of these philosophies.

~Michael Moore

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Poem

While I going through some old stories I ran across this poem. It was posted by Zythyra on mysbandbetty.com. I thinks a great time to post this.

T is for all Trans persons who have gone before us.
R is for the realities of our lives
A is for Awareness, Action, and Acceptance.
N is for Never again will we be silenced
S is for our Songs and Stories
G is for all Genders in between the two
E is for Expressing our inner beauty
N is for our unknown names
D is for the Duality of our spirits
E is for the Essential truths of our beings
R is for Re-awakening to new possibilities

P is for Passing as what others need to see
R is for Reclaiming our ancient Roles in society
I is for the Invisibility of our history
D is for the deaths of too many trans sisters and brothers
E is for Equality for Everyone!


Zythyra

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Activism

I just hope and pray that more people will be stirred up to activism than apathy.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Commentary-Village Voice

I picked up the last copy of the Village Voice in print form. It was announced earlier that the once venerable alternative newspaper was no longer in the paper form.

I first read the Voice around 1968 or 1969. It was almost as thick as the Sunday New York Times on occasion. One could read a particular topic from an alternative point of view. Everything from civil rights to gay liberation to womens rights to labor was discussed. No topic was left untouched. There were many rag sheets during the 1960s and 1970s (I read many of them). The Voice discussed issues in a rational and intelligent manner while still being edgy. One could find where the next rock concert would be or if a poetry jam was on McDougall or Bleecker Street. Voice reporters were at anti war dempnstrations, concerts, movies, a chess tournament or the do a review on the latest new restaurant.

With the rise of social media like Google and Facebook the Voice and other print becsme obsolete. So another alernative newsweekly bites the dust. It will be on the web but it's not the same as having those pages in your hand.

I miss picking up the Voice on newsstands. Thanks for all the memories.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Some of the greatest achievements have come from people you least expect.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Perseverance

Perseverance is one needed in these trying times. I said shortly after last year's election that people will need to find causes they are passionate about and work with them. Yes, people will criticize and make fun of you. So What?

Perseverance is staying focused on the task at hand. Many things will try to throw you off course. Some folks do not want you to succeed and will do anything to get you off track. One aspect of successful people is that they stay focused and don't care what others think or say. I'm seeing that people are opening up their eyes and minds and becoming more involved with issues that matter. 

I've become more interested in local politics because I see how it affects people in my neighborhood. I'm becoming involved with the TGBLQ community in my neighborhood. Being a senior citizen I'm naturally concerned about items such as medical care and housing and safety.

The main point is to keep fighting, keep going. Whatever task I take up I go into it for the long haul. Things aren't won overnight. Many of the benefits and right we have were won because people persevered and worked until the goals were accomplished. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

TGLBQ Ministry

I'm looking forward to the TGLBQ ministry at church starting up again. It's needed now more than ever. I see a smattering of trans people in my neighborhood though not always visible. I'm praying the ministry will be a place where the ministry, Beyond Labels, can be a safe space for TGLBQ people.

Monday, September 18, 2017

People I Admire

There are many people throughout history who I truly admire. Some stand out for various reasons. Here is a list of those people who stand out to me personally.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Carter G. Woodson
George Washington Carver
Frederick Douglass
Harriet Tubman
Malcolm X

Friday, September 15, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Local Politics

Last Friday I attended a political forum in which three candidates were running for the council position in my district. The event brought an audience of a diverse group of people. Gentrification, affordable housing, and infrastructure are hot topics in my neighborhood. The forum went along smoothly though a few times it threatened to become testy.

I see how important local politics are perhaps more so than national politics. I will be paying much more attention to the local scene. I will also be more thorough in my research of the candidates. This is a trying time in my neighborhood and I want to see that ALL residents are treated equally and fairly.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What Happened?

What ever happened to the time when people could agree to disagree?

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11


Hard to believe that it's been sixteen years since that fateful day. Time has moved on but the memories of that day will always linger. What I remember most is how New Yorkers stepped up big time to help their fellow citizen. Folks from all over the country lent a helping hand as the city was in recovery.

I was a mile and a half away from the towers. I saw the north tower burning. People were going everywhere trying to get away as fast as possible.  I remember the posters of loved one who would never return. I remember the confusion, the fear, the anger, and the hope. 

On this day, let us pray for the people who still feel the pain keenly. Let us work for peace and reconciliation with our neighbors and friends. Above all don't let fear stop us from living life.

Never Forget! 

Friday, September 08, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

It is during the darkest moments that we must focus on the light.


~Aristotle

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Prayers

Please pray for the folks in Florida and Puerto Rico in the wake of the latest hurricane.

Number Eighteen

Thus far eighteen trans trans people have been murdered in 2017. The latest murder happened in upstate New York where Kashmire Redd, a trans man was stabbed multiple times by his live in partner. Though we hear much about trans women being murdered, trans men aren't invulnerable to violence. You just don't hear about it much.

Last year twenty seven women were murdered, most of them people of color. With the current administration and the climate the president has created trans people are getting it from many sides. This is where we need to be vigilant and persevere. I'm making a point of calling out things that affect us. Misgendering, misreporting, and anyone who denigrates us as a group. I am NOT going to be made invisible! 

Monday, September 04, 2017

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!!!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own.


~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hypocrite

Ted Cruz is now crowing how much Texans need federal help after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and other areas. This is the same Ted Cruz who did not want to give funds to New Yorkers who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. 

Senator Cruz, you are a hypocrite and an embarrassment to the country. Do me a favor: Shutup!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Personal Matter

A friend of mine was recently outed by someone she hardly knew. I was upset when I heard it. No one has the right to out anyone! It's an invasion of a person's privacy and in some cases can put the outed person in danger. Whoever has done this needs to think and keep their mouth shut.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Prayers

Let's keep all our friends in Houston in our prayers.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

The first responsibility in the midst of violence is to prevent it from destroying us.


~Henri Nouwen, Clergyman (1932-1996)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

TGLBQI and Religious Freedom

I still fail to see how my being transgender interferes with someone's religious freedom. No one has ever given me a valid reason how it does. I never tell people how to worship or who to believe in.

I am a Christian who happens to be transgender. My theology is conservative. I am liberal on most issues. What I see is some religious folk interjecting not only what Christianity is but how one is suppose to present themselves. At times, I get the idea that in order to be truly Christian you have to be married, Republican, white and think exactly like them. 

If they studied the bible deeper they will see that many characters in the scriptures weren't some or any of these 'requirements'. Some of the prophets we know very little or nothing about them. Amos, Obadiah, and some of the apostles came to mind. We know that Peter was married but were any of the other apostles? God uses all kinds of folks. Scriptures gives no mention of people sexuality or gender identification. My question to to anti-TLGBQI faction: does it really matter.      

I cannot stand cultural Christianity in the least. It's divisive, labels people who are different as 'less than', and is very cliquish. Some fundamentalists are trying to tell others how to believe and what to believe. What we have is government and the church in collusion. This is about power and control, not anything to do with spirituality. 

As I have mentioned before, I'm open about my being trans. I'm happy to share with anyone who want to know who and what I'm about. I will also share my faith with anyone who is open. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Commentary

Much news this week was focused on what statues, flags and symbols of racism (alleged and otherwise) should be torn down. If it offends one's sensitivities then it must be torn down.

I believe that those people doing these things are misguided in their zeal to eradicate racism. History is something that we all can learn from. Some of it isn't pretty but it happened nevertheless. One of the most disturbing pictures I saw was several years ago at the Museum Of Natural History here in New York City. It showed a young child screaming for his mother as she was chained and taken away by slave traders. This practice was common and it actually happened. The picture pained my heart but I wouldn't want it to be taken down. It's a history lesson for all who see it. 

I will read more about the Confederacy, in particular the Confederate flag. It is a part of the history of the South. There are symbols of many events that happened through history all over the world. Revisionist history does no one any good. People on the Right and the Left are behaving like spoiled children over these symbols. They are blowing off a lot of steam without having any solution as to how to end racism.

I believe that people have the right to erect any statue, wave any flag, and make stupid statements because it's what called free speech. Each person has to own up to their own actions and positions. My neighbor has the right to have a Confederate flag just as I have the right to fly a transgender flag. What is happening is that people are sinking into tribal warfare and that is dangerous for all. 

I have been saying all year that people will need to stop the hollering and name calling and have serious discussions about racism and other topics. I believe there are many people who want to do this but the extreme factions on the Left and the Right would rather not have this happen. Politicians and officials need to be taken to task especially if they foment the racial strife that already exists. Both the Left AND the Right are guilty of this. Until serious and honest discussions do not happen nothing will be accomplished. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

What is really sad is that many people will not even talk to each because of their beliefs. People cannot agree to disagree so they rip up each other's character. I'm more interested in finding out how someone ticks. Whether or not we will ever agree isn't that important. It's important to me that I can leave a better understanding about them. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Nowhere do I read Jesus putting down others because of who they were. He ate with tax collectors, harlots, and others of ill repute. He loved them and desired the best for them. As Christians we need to do the same.

~Genevieve

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Trans People Attacked From All Angles

Transgender people are being attacked from all sides. Everywhere we are being demeaned and humiliated by the government, schools, military, religious institutions, the prison industrial complex and legal and medical sources. Some just want us to disappear. Well, that's not going to happen.

First and foremost, transgender is NOT a choice. We were born this way. To those who use religion and the bible to justify their bias, God knew I would be transgender before I was born. This is His plan for my life AND it is MY journey, not yours. I have been a born again Christian for over forty years and God loves me unconditionally.    

Second, before people demean me, why don't you find out what we are about. Having empathy for others requires that you seeing others from their perspective. I have always been open to sharing my story with others. Then there comes the time when you need to educate yourself. I'm constantly educating myself. 

Third, in spite of all the attacks, threats, and insults we press on.  The infamous president and his minions can do all they want to make us disappear. It's not going to happen. I will NOT be erased by ANYONE!! 

A final thought: to the GLB community, forces are trying everything to erase the accomplishments and existence of trans and non conforming people. Don't think for a second that sometime in the future they won't come for you. It's happened before. I pray that it doesn't happen again.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

People have told me that I'm a leader. I view myself as a helper who wish to contribute something positive and make a difference.


~Genevieve

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Transgender People Banned From Serving In The Military-My Thoughts

When I heard that President Trump banned transgender people from serving in the military service I was alarmed and angry. I had served my country honorably during the Vietnam War era. There were LGBT people in the military There will always be. Many have laid down their lives so people can be free.

I understand that the military wants the best people they can recruit. When gays and lesbians were let go because of their sexuality, it was the feeling that they were mentally unfit to serve. Many of them were in high security positions and performed very well. It left the military in a lurch because each month they had to maintain a quota for new recruits. The people brought in were felons, sex offenders, and other undesirables. Transgender men and women who want to serve will not be able to because they are considered undesirable.

I understand if a person is mentally unfit then the services shouldn't take them but I don't that to be in many cases. Transgender troops are now serving and serving admirably. I hear the military brass, president, and other talk about the cost of medical services for transgender people which is miniscule to the waste the military commits. There are people overseas making millions in non existent jobs under the guise of national security. 

There are many transgender people who have served admirably. I am pleased that some military brass and veterans have spoken up against this ban. It's another way to have transgender people become invisible. I served and am proud of my service. I am an intelligent, mental able person who is proud to have been in the service. There are other trans people who feel the same.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.



~Malcolm X

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review


Title: A Low Life in High Heels   The Story Of Holly Woodlawn
Author: Jeff Copeland     
Rating:  8

Holly Woodlawn (1946-2015) had a most interesting and wild life. I first became acquainted with her in 1971 when I saw her in the movie Trash while I was on furlough in the military. Her face was one I would always remember even if I didn't remember her name.  Ms. Woodlawn was a superstar in Andy Warhol's Factory which also featured Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis. Holly caroused, drank, drugged, connived, robbed, and finally succeeded in becoming a star. She acted, was a cabaret performer, author, and a personality that was unrivaled.




To me, Holly was a survivor of some of her stupid acts (impersonating a French socialite was one which landed her in jail). She was driven mostly by her search to find out where she fit in life. She was a sensitive soul seeking respect as a trans and gender non conforming woman in an era where it was extremely difficult to to do. The late 1960s and 1970s were not as kind to folks like Ms. Woodlawn. 


I found  Low Life in High Heels very open and honest about who Ms. Woodlawn really was. I consider here one of my heroines because she opened my eyes to what would happen to me three decades later. Ms. Woodlawn was open of which I was really impressed with. After Andy Warhol's passing in 1987, Ms. Woodlawn was finally at piece with who she was. The wild escapades of her youth ended.

Rest in peace, Holly. I will be eternally grateful for showing me how to be open and honest about myself.


Spoken Word


Last week the Transgenerational Theater Project performed at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn. Below is the spoken word piece I performed.

We Have Always Resisted

Trans resistance is woven throughout the history of humankind.
We have always fought for the right to be who we are.

In ancient Rome, communal living replaced by a patriarchal system that viewed women and minorities as second class citizens. Those who didn't fit in their narrative were demeaned, exiled, arrested, tortured, and sometimes murdered.

Joan of Arc, who was only a teenager, displayed her military skill with some impressive victories over the powers that be. She was burned at the stake because she didn't wear clothing according to her birth gender. Could it be that Joan was killed because a gender non conforming person displayed intelligence, skills, and daring.

In Philadelphia in 1965, one hundred fifty LGBT people of color resisted discriminatory policies by the Dewey Lunch Counter at a sit-in. Management, having previously taken their money, said that they didn't dress or act straight. These courageous LGBT resisted and were victorious in Dewey's changing their policies.

A year later in San Francisco, Compton's' Cafeteria was the scene of a violent protests against police harassment. Trans people, street queens, and hustlers were tired of being pushed around. They resisted and battled police with purses, heels, anything they could get their hands on.

Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two trans women of color, lit the spark that would become known as the Stonewall Rebellion. People of color, drag queens, and trans people resisted being harassed, beaten, demeaned, and disrespected. It was the burgeoning of the LGBT movement on that muggy June evening in 1969.

We resist being objectified! We resist being denied housing, food, employment, and medical services. We resist against those who call us perverts and deviants. We vehemently resist having our accomplishments erased by those who wish to see us disappear. We have always been here. We are not going away.

I resist against people who want to define me. I define myself! I am a woman! I am not here to tickle your fancy or be your puppet. I am a human being! I am a woman! 

We have resisted all our lives. We will continue to resist!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

The world is a better because you are here.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Trans Theater

Tonight I performed with the Transgenerational Theater Project at the Brick Theater in Brooklyn. About twenty of us trans and non conforming people sang, acted, and danced. I did a spoken word piece titled 'We Have Always Resisted.'

There are two more performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. For more information go to transgenerationaltheatre@gmail.com or facebook@transgenerationaltheatreproject

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Living Authentically

It's amazing how some want to erase my existence as a trans person. Perhaps they are afraid because I choose to live authentically in a cookie cutter world. The world craves for authenticity and yet tries to suppress those who do.

It isn't easy being authentic then again life isn't easy. By trying to be something I'm not is stressful and unfulfilling. At the end of my life I want to say that I lived the life that I was supposed to.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

If we don't end war, war will end us.


~H.G. Wells

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Half Year Gone

Well, a half a year is on the books. Much has happened. A lot is hapening as I post. What I am saddened by is the level of animosity there between differing group. It' s more like tribal warfare and this dangerous.

I mentioned shortly after the presidential election that people will need to sit down and listen to each other. Seems that no one is willing to do that. Meanwhile the issues that need to be worked on are being ignored because of partison politics. People are still mad because Trump the the election. There arguing, anger, fear, desparation, and a sense of hopelessness.

If there's one thing we don't need is people folding up the tent and leaving. People will need to work on the items that concern them. It may be the environment, homelessness, prison reform, teaching children to read and a myriad of other things. The point is to take courage and act. The times will be tough but we need to be tougher.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

No struggle can ever succeed without women participating side by side with men.


~Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistani politician (1876-1948)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Underappreciated

Five underappreciated professions:

1. Parents
2. Teachers
3. Police/Fire/EMS personnel
4. Military personnel
5. Nurses

These jobs are stressful at times, thankless, and underappreciated but where would we be without these men and women. They are also underpaid.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Stonewall Rebellion


On June 28, 1969 the course of history for transgender, gay, lesbian, bi, and queer changed forever. On a warm muggy night, these much maligned people said 'No more!' to harassment, ridicule, beatings, humiliation, and a sense of powerlessness. For four days Stonewall was the scene of a rebellion which TGLBQ, queens, and people of color stood up to oppression.

I am very passionate about this because of the way Stonewall has been depicted as a gay white male rebellion. It was started by Marsha P.Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, and Storme Delaverie, all women of color.  There were many people of color that night. There were also drag queens and street people. I will not stand let our influence being erased by those who wish to make a white event. A lot of gays slinked into a corner when there was signs of trouble.



Today, there are many resources available today because of that rebellious night forty eight years. It hasn't been easy but when knocked down we keep getting back up. Trans people are standing up and speaking for themselves now, feeling that many LGBT organizations have shunted them to the side because they don't look right (whatever the hell that means).

The battle is still ongoing. I'm an out and proud transgender woman who will not be put into a closet by anyone. I'm particularly grateful to Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera for paving the way for I enjoy today. The fight continues! We must pave the way for future generations. 



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Passing Thoughts

I have been reflecting on the past pride march here in New York. It was the largest parade ever. I was busy pouring water to serve the thirsty marchers. Last Friday I recited a poem titled "Pride". 

Tomorrow will be the 48th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion, a turning point in the TGLBQ movement. Drag queens, street people, trans, and people of color stood up to the police and said 'No more!' I was out of town when the initial rebellion began. I came to the site a couple of days later viewing the aftermath. The Stonewall Inn burned out, streets littered with trash cans and refuse, and the air still filled with tension. Deep inside I believed that something big would happen and it did. We could be ourselves and not hide any more. We are human beings!

I give thanks to folks like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Miss Major, Storme Delaverie and others for paving the way to where we have the resources to care for ourselves. There was a time we had nothing. Now we can live openly and unashamed. I have taken it upon myself to see that the trans presence is never erased. We started the rebellion! I am eternally grateful to my ancestors.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Be who you are!
Be happy with who you are!
Never let others define who you are!

Happy Pride

New York City's pride parade will commence on Sunday. There' s so much happening around the city this weekend, so there is no lack of activities.

The difference this year is that the TGLB community is under attack by forces who want to erase us from the landscape of our society. We are woven into life's tapestry and no one can take that away from us. I will do everything I can to stand up to these attacks and end them.

To my trans sisters and brothers, let us be proud of who we are. Being visible is paramount to me because I'm not going to be erased or invisible. That never was an option for me. Remember those who paved the way for where we are today. Help each other out and support one another.

HAPPY PRIDE!



Monday, June 19, 2017

Influences

My spouse and I attended a memorial service yesterday honoring woman who affected many lives. I only met her once but I wish I would have gotten to know her better. This morning I reflected on all the people who have influenced me through out my life. When I think about it it's quite amazing how many did.  

I hear stories of folks who mention the people who touched them at a particular time in their lives. It's the same way with places and events. I have had many of them. What it shows is that I'm not alone in needing help in walking life's journey. I love reading biographies especially authors. I'm fascinated by the people and events that influenced them. Some of the events were horrible while others were good. It demonstrates how important influences are. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.

~Jenn Proske

Let's Stop The Childishness

The level of animosity in the political circle is really high, and unfortunate. In a time when understanding and seeking the common good is great needed all there is is bickering and nitpicking. You have adults behaving like children.

I said shortly after the election that people will need to work on the issues that concern them. That advice more imperative NOW. I realize that there will never be agreement on some issues nut all the trashing and character assassinations does no good for anybody.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Mayoral Candidates Forum & Interfaith Iftar

On June 15th, candidates for the upcoming mayoral election in New York City will be questioned on where they stand on issues such as affordable housing, policing, climate change, and religious freedom. We need a huge turnout to demonstrate to the candidates that we care about our city. 

The forum will take place on June 15th at:

First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. 
New York, NY 10026
At the corner of 116th Street and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd (7th Avenue)

FORUM: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM   IFTAR: 8:30 PM- 9:30PM

The church holds 1800 hundred people, so there will be plenty of room. 

Friday, June 02, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

God has never condemned like some 'Christians' because I'm trans.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Genevieve's Gem's

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

~Maya Angelou

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Vigil for Another Fallen Trans Woman

I will be attending a vigil tomorrow night for a trans woman who died on May 4th. She was attacked on the night of April 25th and suffered head injuries. She died of those injuries.

The woman was misgendered by the media using the wrong pronouns. She was a person of color, fifty nine years old and homeless.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Death, Coming Out, and Closure

Much has happened in my life thus the reason why I haven't posted in a while. My sister passed two weeks ago so the family is cleaning out her apartment. She was cremated. Been sad and am tired but life will return to normal in a few days.

I came out to my brother and nephew. It's the second time that did this much sooner than I wanted to but it is what it is. It turned out good. The theater group I'm involved with will perform next Saturday (May 13th) before trans and gender non conforming people. The following Friday will be a performance before the public.


Saturday, April 08, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people.


~Patricia Hill Collins

Friday, March 31, 2017

Transgender Visibility






Today is International Transgender Day Of Visibility. Be out! Be proud of who you are!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Very Active

I haven't posted as much because of my schedule and some family issues. I will get back to it when my laptop is repaired. Should be in another week. I am using my tablet right now.

I have writing, performing, and creating stories. Been looking for protests to attend and work on a couple of issues important to me. Gentrification is a huge concern in my neighborhood, so REAL affordable housing is a must. I plan on attending the Trans Health Conference which will be in September this year. I believe that there are a couple of protests in Washington, D.C. that are coming up. I'll need to check up on that.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Babson Division III Basketball Champions







A hearty congratulations to the Babson College Beavers on winning the Division III men's basketball title with a 79-78 victory over the Vikings of Augustana (Ill.) Vikings.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Make someone else's day a little brighter.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Snowy And Cold

It's been snowy and cold here in New York. Temperatures have been in the twenties with the wind chill in the single digits. Listen everyone, it's March and the weather can be quite turbulent. Had some freezing rain which makes the roads very treacherous. Drive safely!

March Madness Is Here!

It's tournament time in college basketball. I follow all divisions (one, two, three, NAIA) , men and women. I'm a big fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels. I'm still working on my brackets (Division I) so I will let you know my picks by Thursday.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Young women today often have very little appreciation for the real battles that took place to get women where they are today in this country. I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.




~Sandra Day O'Connor 

Monday, March 06, 2017

Dearth Of Topics

Affordable housing and immigration are big topics here in my neighborhood. I'm sure there are topics that are unique to each person or neighborhood. I'm pleased to see that people have been motivated to action. I've already been to three protest and more are planned. 

With the wave of executive orders being signed and lawmakers scrambling to get their bills passed, it's imperative to be informed and on top of the issues. I'm confident that we, the people, will make an impact.  


Genevieve's Gems

This is America. Anyone is free to protest about anything they want.


~Nikki Haley

Friday, February 24, 2017

Geneiveve's Gems

Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people.


~Patricia Hill Collins

Friday, February 17, 2017

Immigrants Rally At Washington Square Park-February 11th










Here are some photos of the rally for immigrants last Saturday at Washington Square Park. About 500-700 people took part.

Genevieve's Gems

Protest must be followed up by sustained action.


~Genevieve

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.


~Abraham Lincoln

Monday, January 23, 2017

Women's March

This past Saturday I marched in the Million Women's March here in New York City. I arrived at Grand Central around 12:30 and the street was already packed. I was able to jump in and march. Behind me and ahead of me there people as far as my eyes could see.  

There were women of all ages, families, men, even pets. I haven't seen a march this big since 68? Crowd estimate was around 400,000. I met up with a friend later and we marched together. We talked about the need to sustain the pressure on those in power. Local and state issues are just as important. There were marches all over the world. I read about a small town of 200 in the Midwest and 66 people marched. WOW! People are letting this administration know that we are not sitting still and staying silent.




    

Monday, January 16, 2017

Civil Disobedience

I was a nineteen year old college student when Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968. That was one of the most tumultuous years in America's history. Looking back now MLK's assassination opened my eyes as to how the power structure will resort to anything to stay in power.

As the country prepares for a new administration in Washington, it is time for us to carry on the tradition and activism of Dr. King by civil disobedience. I'm going to the Women's March On NYC this Saturday here in New York City. So far at least 10,000 people will be there (I figure that there will be more). A similar event will be held in Washington, D.C.  I will be more involved with social justice in regard to affordable housing. Justice for LGBTQ people is also something on my agenda. 

Protests are fine but it needs to be followed up with sustained pressure and a plan of action to correct the conditions that are ailing the communities. Here in my district a few of my so-called representatives are up for reelection this year and I have taken note on what they have and have not done. I'm fed up with officials won't do nothing for the people they allegedly represent. 
 I believe it's high time for all of us to defy the fascism, sexism, xenophobia, trans phobia and misogyny that has encroached on our freedoms. We the people need to show by our actions that we're not going to take this any longer.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Congratulations Clemson Tigers!

A hearty shoutout to FBS National Football Champion Clemson Tigers as they defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in a rematch of last year's championship game.