Monday, July 24, 2017

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.






Book Review



I finished reading this book over a week ago. It is the story of young man who transitions to a woman. The book didn't mention this until the end. For Today....was an easy read for me for a novel. Sometimes novels bog down with reminiscing and backtracking that may lose the reader. The book backtracked but I never felt lost or bogged down by a lot of useless detail.

The Huang family seemed to be a normal family. By the end of the book they are as dysfunctional as I've ever seen a family. Peter is the boy would believes that he is a girl. When he moves away from home he has the opportunity to dress as a woman but doesn't readily take advantage of it. Kim Fu, the author, seems to take a vast knowledge about trans issues even though she's a ciswoman. 

I would rate this book a seven. It was an easy read. I followed this strange journey and saw how muddled journeys can be. I always say that each person's journey is uniquely their own. For Today.... didn't disappoint there. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we'll change the world.


~Jack Layton, Canadian Politician (1950-2011)

Monday, January 09, 2017

James Madison Royal Dukes Champs



Congratulations to the 2016-17 Football Championship Series Champions.

James Madison- 28

Youngstown State- 14

Friday, January 06, 2017

Genevieve's Gems

Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, and seek to follow Him every day. Don't be swayed by the false values and goals of this world, but Christ and His will first in everything you do.


~Billy Graham

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Organizing

A Happy New Year to all. It is an understatement that 2017 will be challenging. I keep stating that people will need to organize and work on the issues that are relevant. There will be the need to do things different. This isn't 1960 or 1970 or 1980 anymore. This is a new ballgame.