Friday, December 02, 2016

Shut Up Foot Awards- First Friday Of December Edition

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It's the first Friday of the last month of the year, and that means we're less than 30 days from starting 2017.   While Christmas Day is circled on many people's calendars, so is December 19, the day the electors meet in state capitols across the country and execute the final act of the 2016 election cycle.

Just a reminder of where I stand on Dear Cheeto Leader,  he's still #notmypresident

Anyway,  let's get to this week's Shut Up Fool Awards

Honorable mention number one is Tomi Lahren, who shows that she's still clueless about a lot of subjects in this Daily Show interview.

Honorable mention number two is Scarlett Johansson, who called for people to keep pushing for diversity in Hollywood while getting paid for whitewashing a Japanese cyborg cop in the big screen adaptation of the anime classic Ghost In The Shell.

Can you say hypocrisy people?  

Honorable mention number three is Dear Cheeto Leader, AKA Donald Trump, just pick a jacked up comment this week./

Honorable mention number four is Aym Icon, the CEO of Transcendence Icon Company for this problematic comment about Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson

Not even close to being humorous.

Honorable mention number five is North Carolina's one term governor Pat McCrory, who in the wake of losing on November 8 is acting like Gollom from the Lord of the Rings in terms of giving up the governor's chair.

Hey Pat, your transphobic azz lost.  The majority of NC citizens fired your behind.  Get over it and vacate the governor's chair.

This week's shut up fool  loser is Kellyanne Conway.

Kellyanne Conway speaks to CNN (screen grab)She's still bitter that her boy is not only reviled by 63 million Americans and counting, she's still deliberately forgetting that he's not only supported by white supremacists, they used racism to get Trump elected and he appointed one as his White House advisor

So she can attempt to spin that all she wants, those of us who watched that campaign and are grounded in reality know better.

Yeah yeah, you won.   But you did so by stoking racism, and you'll go down in history for that.   I'm not forgetting or forgiving that you and your campaign team stoked hatred of non white Americans in order to get your candidate elected, and there's no coming back or normalizing that with me, non white Americans and Clinton supporters.

It's also why we're not going to get over November 8 ,2016 and why a majority of Americans aren't looking forward to January 20.

Kellyanne Conway, shut up  fool!.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

TransGriot 2016 NFL Picks -Week 13

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We've now moved into the final month of the NFL regular season.   While some teams are fighting for playoff position, other are jockeying for the number one NFL pick during the 2017 NFL Draft in Philadelphia

And right now, that team with a seeming lock on the number one draft pick is the 0-for-2016 Cleveland Browns.   Unfortunately for the city's sports longsuffering sport fans who have been rewarded for their loyalty with an NBA title courtesy of the Cavs and a World Series appearance in which they fell in seven thrilling games to the Chicago Cubs, the Browns are flirting with historic futility.

They staring at joining the 1960 Dallas Cowboys, the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 1982 Baltimore Colts and 2008 Detroit Lions just to name a few of the eleven winless teams in NFL history that played 8 or more games.

With their remaining games at home against the Bengals and Chargers and road games with the Bills and Steelers, they are looking more and more like unless those four teams have a extremely bad day, the Browns are going to finish 0-16.  

Speaking of records,  Mike won Week 12 thanks to my Texans doing a Cleveland Browns impersonation and throwing away a winnable home game against the Chargers, the Titans pulling off the upset on the Bears, and the Vikings being in the holiday spirit on Turkey Day and fumbling the ball deep in their own territory in overtime and handing them the game on a platter.

Bitch session is over, time to pull up the big girl panties and handle my prognostication business

Let's get to this week's picks.   16 games, Mike's picks are here, and mine will be in bold print with home team in CAPS

NFL Week 12 Results                               2016 NFL Season Results

TransGriot  11-5                                         TransGriot    114-62-2
Mike           12-4                                          Mike            110-66-2
Eli                ---                                            Eli                  --

Thursday Night Game
Cowboys over VIKINGS

Sunday Early Games
PACKERS over Texans
Chiefs over FALCONS
SAINTS at Lions
PATRIOTS over Rams
Broncos over JAGUARS
BENGALS over Eagles
RAVENS over Dolphins
BEARS over 49ers

Sunday Afternoon Games
RAIDERS over Bills
STEELERS over Giants
Washington over CARDINALS
Buccaneers over CHARGERS

Sunday Night Game 
SEAHAWKS over Panthers

Monday Night Game
Colts over JETS

World AIDS Day 2016

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Today is World AIDS Day, in which the world pauses to remember the people we have lost due to the HIV pandemic and celebrate the progress we are making as a global community toward eradicating it by 2030.

Here in the United States, it's taking on an added significance as we are facing dealing with an administration that is being staffed with science deniers and incompetent LGBTQ bigots.

This year's theme for World AIDS Day is 'Hands Up For HIV Prevention', and there will be events around to world to mark the occasion.    One of the World AIDS Day events is the annual one that is held at Legacy Health Center in Montrose. that I last attended two years ago.

I've lost two cousins and many friends and acquaintances to AIDS.   There are people that I love and care about inside and outside the trans community who are at this moment dealing with living with HIV.   It's one of the reason why I want to see a cure for HIV/AIDS in my lifetime.

Here's the statement from UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe concerning World AIDS Day and the international progress being made against the pandemic.

I'm proud to note that Ashton Woods, Tiommi Luckett and Arianna Lint were named to this year's POZ 100 List     This year's list focused on the South, and the POZ 100 List shines a deserved spotlight on the fierce advocates who are fighting to eradicate HIV/AIDS in our community.

One of the national trans led initiatives to fight HIV infection and transmission in the trans community is one coordinated by the Transgender Law Center's Cecilia Chung called  Positively Trans 

One of the issues that we deal with in Trans World and have for some time is HIV   We do have some of our people and some of our amazing trans leaders who are dealing with living with HIV and as the 2012 death of Alexis Rivera pointed out, dying from it.u,

So yes, it is important trans peeps to know your status and get tested on a regular basis so that if you are HIV -, you stay that way and if you're HIV +, you can begin to get treatment for it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

2015 US Trans Survey Report Release Event Coming December 8

I'm eagerly anticipating an event that is going to take place at the National Press Club on December 8 .
The report from the 2015 US Trans Survey will be released on that date, and it is the larges trans survey ever conducted to date with over 28,000 participants  

While trans people have been getting increasing attention in the media, we still need data about our community to educate advocates, the media, policymakers, educators and legislators about our lives, and this USTS  is going to become like the 2011 'Injustice At Every Turn survey an important tool in backing up our policy concerns with data.

It is also being released at a crucial time in our community's history with an administration coming in that will be the polar opposite of the trans friendly Obama Administration.

The event will be livestreamed starting at 12 PM CST and you'll be able to  watch it courtesy of this link. 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Moni's On Queer Voices Once Again!

Just a reminder for those of you in the Houston area that I'll once again be headed to the KPFT-FM studios later tonight to be on the Queer Voices radio show.

I'm scheduled to chat about with the Queer Voices on air team about recent developments in TBLGQ World, the 2016 election and our upcoming 2017 Texas legislative session along with whatever else we can fit into that time I'll be on air.

I'm scheduled to be on starting at 8:35 PM CST, and for those of who can't pick up KPFT-FM on your radio dial at 90.1 FM or who don't live in the Houston area you can check out their livestream of it.

Should be a fun and interesting conversation with Jack, Bryan and Jenifer tonight and looking forward to it.

Target Stands With Us- Stand With Them This Holiday Season

As Dr. King once said,  the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of convenience and comfort, but where he sands in times of conflict and controversy

Corporations and their leaders can also be judged by that same standard, and so far Target is passing with flying colors in standing with the trans community.

Since the unjust HB 2 passed in North Carolina and Republican controlled legislatures started proposing bills to oppress trans people, Target has been standing firm on its policy for employees and shoppers that you use the restroom in its stores based on your gender presentation.

When questioned about it in a CNBC Squawk Box interview in the face of threats from the American Fascist Family Association of a boycott, Target CEO Brian Cornell stood with our community

The AFA boycott they launched back in April has failed, but the professional TBLGQ community haters have made renewed calls to boycott Target and other companies during this holiday season.  

We trans peeps need to be there in support of a company that supports us.   So whenever possible, spend your holiday T-bills with a company that respects your humanity.   Show corporate America that supporting trans people is good for their fiscal bottom line

Target stands with the trans community.  Let's stand with them this holiday season.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Shut Up Fool Awards- Post Turkey Day 2016 Edition

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It's the day after Thanksgiving, and if you're reading this, I take it you're not battling the traffic trying to get to the malls or retail outlets for the post holiday sales.

Or you're simply waiting to do your shopping online from the comfort of your couch.

Anyway, it's the day after Turkey Day and hope you didn't have a side helping of drama and shade while eating your holiday meal.

It's time to carve up some more jive turkeys and call out this week's group of fools

Honorable mention number one is every media pundit trying to legitimize the so called 'alt-right'.   They are white supremacists.  Get it right and stop using Orwellian language to sanitize these hateful idiots .

Honorable mention number two is June Pridmore, who obviously wasn't paying attention after two women who made racist comments about the current First Family lost their jobs.   She lost her Regions Bank VP gig after doing so.    I can't help but notice all these white women trying to call the FLOTUS 'ugly' wouldn't exactly make it to the top 15 semifinalists of any beauty pageant.

Well, maybe now that she's on the job market, she can apply for one in the upcoming Trump Administration she loves so much.

Honorable mention number three is Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) who seems to have a vanillacentric blind spot that leads him to believe that white supremacists and civil rights protestors are the same.

Naw dude,  White supremacists are the same as your party and the conservative movement.

Honorable mention number four is Kellyane Conway, for being Karl Rove in drag as Trump's spokesmodel.

Honorable mention number five is Donald Trump for laughingly calling for healing in his Thanksgiving message after he spent over a year demonizing non-white Americans

Naw fool, you get as much respect from me as you gave President Obama.   None.

And there isn't no building trust when you have insulted much of the electorate who didn't want your unqualified azz in the anywhere near the Oval Office.

Honorable mention number six is any person who says we should give Trump a chance after he has nominated white supremacists and anti-TBLGQ peeps for cabinet positions.

Honorable mention number seven is Tila Tequila  AKA Thien Thanh Thi Nguyen, whose azz was doing Nazi salutes with the white boys goose stepping in celebration in DC of Trump's 'win'.

About time Twitter shut down her racist account.

Tina, guess you forgot that your azz is Asian, you were born in Singapore and you will be reminded quite quickly that you ain't white. ,   She's also one of the peeps that lived in Houston we don't claim

Your 15 minutes was up a long time ago.

Image resultThis week's Shut Up Fool winner is Bernie Sanders for first, say that the Democrats need to move away from identity politics when his Democratic primary challenge was powered by it and far left white people, and after demonizing Hillary Clinton for not supporting a $15 minimum wage, now says he''s work with Trump to get it to $10

These are major examples why Sanders didn't get any support in the Democratic primary from non-white Democrats because he doesn't have a clue about the issues that affect people of color, or that all politics in the United States has been identity politics since the founding of this nation.

Bernie Sanders, shut up fool..

One Month To Christmas Day 2016

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We are one month away from Christmas Day 2016, and we already received a lump of coal in our Christmas stockings in terms of that unqualified dufus being elected president.

Here in Texas, my lousy lieutenant governor is ignoring other pressing state problems such as the public school finance situation by pushing anti trans hatred with HB 82, a clone of North Carolina's failed Hate Bill 2 as the Rev Dr William J Barber II calls it.

Tea Klux Klan senator Konni Burton (R-Fort Worth) just four days before TDOR, filed the unjust SB 242, which would not only force teachers and school administrators to out TBLGQ kids to their parents, but bar school districts from passing rules to ignore it.

Sigh. once again we have Texas Republicans making sure we can't go more than a week without the Lone Star State being a national embarrassment by excelling in oppressing people.

Normally I would ask as part of my holiday season Christmas wishes for the trans community to not be hated on for the holidays, but seems like the Republican Party and the transphobes got the jump on me this year.

And with Trump's (yuck) election, the transphobic haters have become even more emboldened to let their transphobic bigotry fly, even in TBLGQ World.

See Milo Yiannopoulos as a prime example of that rainbow flag waving transphobic hate.

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So what does an out trans person do during the holidays?  This one damned sure isn't going back into the closet as the haters wish for us to do.   She is standing her ground, being more in your face visible and ready to fight for her human rights .

Yes, I realize the holidays can suck, and this 2016 holiday season has the potential to be a depressing one.   Hell, I've gone through being being depressed for the holidays at points in my life and have an understanding of what it feels like.

Depression is temporary.   Life is precious.   Back in 2007, I was depressed to the point where it took me writing my way out of it to get back to my every day self.   But the point I'm making is that I'm here to talk about it.

I understand that if you aren't connected to your family, combined with anti-trans hatred being aimed at you on an almost daily basis, can make the holidays excruciatingly more depressing to the point that some of you are contemplating extreme measures like taking your own life.

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Your best revenge against what is happening right now is living for a better day, not taking your own life.   That only pleases the TERF's, the professional transphobes and the conservative movement if you take your own life.  It also robs our community of not only getting a chance to know and bond with your fabulous self, it robs us of the unique talents you possess that will contribute to making our trans community better..  

You living your life as an unapologetic trans person is a powerful revolutionary act.  The reason the haters despise you is because you have done the one thing they can't bring themselves to do, which is live as their true selves.   By doing that, you have become a powerful human being who is part of an international community of people, and the haters are deathly afraid of that power you possess inside of you.  But in order to realize and develop that power, you have to be alive to do so.

Now if only you could recognize what I just told you and believe it
As a trans person, you are also part of the diverse mosaic of human life.  Your life matters not only to me  but to everyone in our community.   It is worth fighting for.

If you're having some issues this holiday season. find a supportive friend, blood or chosen family member to talk to.   Trans Lifeline is also available if you don't have someone to chat with about what's bothering you at 877-565-8860 in the US or 877-330-6366 in Canada.

We have one month until Christmas Day 2016.   Let's get through it together, shall we? .

Thursday, November 24, 2016

TDOR 2016 Snapshots

DOR 2016 is one for the history books, and as this 18th anniversary observance of it across the globe happened,    I wasn't at home for the ones in Houston because as you know, I was tapped to be on the opposite end of I-10 as the keynote for the Tuscon TDOR on the University of Arizona campus.

On this November 20 date here and around the world, in addition to the event that happened during Trans Awareness Week and Month in the runup to TDOR itself, there were speeches given. and panel discussions held.

Media interviews were granted by us in which we delivered the crystal clear message that our lives and humanity matters, and we along with our allies read the names of over 300 trans people around the world who lost their lives to anti-trans violence.

Far too many of those lives once again were trans people of color and in the US, African-American trans people under age 40.

We lit candles for those souls we lost, mourned them, comforted each other, and walked out of those venues more determined than ever to ensure that these people didn't die in vain and that we the living would ensure that trans rights would prevail here and around the world.

Here's just a few snapshots of TDOR 2016 ceremonies and events around the world.  I'll add more as I receive them.

Karen Kendra Holmes speaking at a TDOR event hosted by Stetson University

Jevon martin at the White House Transgender Community Briefing on November 17

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

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It's a bittersweet Thanksgiving for many of us in Trans World today.

While we've made some amazing progress this year, the adverse results of the 2016 presidential election will put much of that progress at rsk starting on January 20 with an incoming (yuck) Republican administration  

But today, not going to focus on that looming political drama, will have time to do that later.  I'm going to just focus on counting my blessings.

I am blessed to have good health, loyal friends, and my family blood and chosen in my life.  I have had the blessings in 2016 of traveling to every corner of the country except the Pacific Northwest and the southeast US.

I have been blessed with multiple awards and making history in getting one of them.  I have in 2016  stood inside the White House (for the fifth time), on the campus of Harvard University, outside of the site of San Francisco's Compton's Cafeteria, and on the historic Chautauqua Institution amphitheater stage with Janet Mock.

I got to attend Creating Change for the third consecutive year, the Black Trans Advocacy Conference at their new hotel, the Philly Trans Health Conference and Netroots Nation for the first time since 2012 and another Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit as its keynote speaker.  I even got the opportunity on Election Night to talk politics on live television on a TV station I grew up watching in ABC13.

One of the blessings I received in 2016 is getting to meet and talk to our trans youth in Houston and around the country along with their amazing parents.

The blessing I want for our community here in the United States and around the world is to have our humanity and human rights recognized, respected and protected .

Don't know yet what 2017 has in store for me besides some trips to Austin staring in January, but hope I finally get to meet more of the transpeople on my bucket list like Lauren Foster and Caroline Cossey for starters, get to speak at a few more events on college campuses, keynote some conferences, and finally get to put my GLAAD media training and Pundit Cup Championship punditry skills to good use on behalf of this community on a regular basis.

And oh yeah, did I mention the amazing people in my life that I call my friends?

Happy Thanksgiving people!   May your holiday meal be tasty, the people you share it with be full of grace and good cheer, and you have safe travels to and from your holiday destinations.

And for those of you who will not be breaking bread with your families, may you do so with chosen family, friends and people who love you..

TransGriot 2016 NFL Picks -Week 12

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It's Thanksgiving Day!  I'm  posting my NFL picks a little earlier than normal because we have an early morning game in Detroit in addition to turkey and all the other mouth watering food and sides that will grace your dinner table,

Two of those three NFL games on tap involve the two teams that have Turkey Day traditions in the Detroit Lions as I mentioned and that NFL franchise in Arlington.    In recent years the NFL has broadcasts an evening game that involves two additional NFL teams either done by NBC or the NFL Network, and this year it's the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the Indianapolis Colts in that Turkey Day evening matchup.

I flipped the pontification script on Mike in Week 11, and won it thanks to the Panthers and Colts pulling out their games.  If the Texans had held on, I'd be back up to a six game lead, but five game spread works.

Let's get to Week 12   Everyone has had their bye weeks, so from now on well be picking 16 weekly games for the rest of the season.   Teams I'm selecting to win will be in bold print with the home team in CAPS.  

Mike's Week 12 selections will be available via this link.

NFL Week 11 Results
                               2016 NFL Season Results
TransGriot   10-4                                       TransGriot    103-57-2
Mike              9-5                                       Mike               98-62-2
Eli                 --                                           Eli                    ---

Thanksgiving Games
Vikings over LIONS
COWBOYS over Washington
Steelers over COLTS

Sunday Early Games
RAVENS over Bengals
TEXANS over Chargers
SAINTS over Rams
FALCONS over Cardinals
DOLPHINS over 49ers
BILLS over Jaguars
BEARS over Titans
Giants over BROWNS

Sunday Afternoon Games

Seahawks over BUCCANEERS
Patriots over JETS
RAIDERS over Panthers

Sunday Night Game
Chiefs over BRONCOS

Monday Night Game
EAGLES over Packers

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

C-16 Trans Rights Bill Passes House of Commons, Heads To Senate

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Some wonderful news for our Canadian trans cousins that happened in the runup to TDOR.

On November 18, Bill C-16, also known as the Trans Rights Bill, passed the House of Commons on a Third Reading voice vote after a last ditch attempt by some Conservatives to attach an amendment to it force the bill back into committee.

C-16 passed with overwhelming multiparty support from the Liberals, the NDP and the Greens. Despite some Conservative MP's hating on C-16, it did receive support from many Conservative MP's, many of them who voted against previous versions of the trans rights bill.

MP Randall Garrison (NDP-Esquimalt-Saanich-Sooke) is the Critic for LGBTQ Issues and has led since 2011 the NDP effort to pass trans rights legislation.  MP Bill Siksay has led the NDP charge to pass trans rights legislation since 2005.

One of those Conservatives who has evolved concerning the trans rights bill was MP Michelle Rempel (C-Calgary).  She expressed that sentiment in her Third Reading House floor debate comments which have been praised across party lines in the Great White North.

Image result for michelle rempel“In the last three years, I have watched this community face bigotry, more discrimination, and becoming a flashpoint for fights that we should no longer be having in Canada, she said.

“I especially want to thank the trans activists who have lived through this discrimination. They deserve our thanks, and they also deserve an apology for when we have failed them in the past.”

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould had this to say after C-16 passed
“Today, I am very proud that Bill C-16 has passed the House of Commons. This Bill would amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. 
Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said she would push the Senate to pass Bill C-16, which&n... It also proposes to amend the Criminal Code to add gender identity or expression to the definition of "identifiable group" for the purpose of the hate propaganda offences and to the list of aggravating circumstances for hate-crime sentencing.
All Canadians should feel safe to be themselves. Our strength as a nation lies in our diversity and our inclusiveness. It is our responsibility to recognize and reduce the vulnerability of trans and other gender-diverse persons to discrimination, hate propaganda, and hate crimes, and to affirm their equal status in Canadian society.
I am pleased that so many Members of Parliament supported this important piece of legislation and I look forward to working with the Senate as it continues through Parliament.”

MP Garrison had this to say in the wake of C-16's passage.

Seeking to address gaps in Canada's human rights protections, I am proud to have worked with transgender and gender variant activists over the past five years. Today, Bill C-16 was passed by the House of Commons. This is the third time that the HoC has affirmed equal rights for all Canadians.

This legislation is now headed to the Senate, one more time. Hopefully, this time, the unelected Senate will act quickly, respect the will of the House, and fill this gap in Canada's human rights protections.

Now comes the hard part of getting it through the Canadian Senate, when two previous trans rights bills have died after passage in the House of Commons..

C-16 had its First Reading in the Canadian Senate on November 22. and now moves to the Second Reading and debate phase in the Canadian legislative process..

Trans Cycling Trailblazer Jillian Bearden Wins 2016 El Tour de Tucson

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One of the people I met during my recent trip to Tucson was cyclist Jillian Bearden, who was in town for the El Tour de Tucson bike race and has founded the Transnational Women's Cycling Team, the world's first transgender cycling group that will make its debut in 2017

The El Tour de Tucson was conducted on Saturday, and I was happy to discover that Jillian made a little trans sporting history.  While riding for SAGA (Southern Arizona Gender Alliance) in her first El Tour de Tucson, she won the women's division 106 mile race in a time of 4:36.07.

And as you probably guessed, there were some haters spouting the same transphobic and sexist BS we hear any time a trans woman competes and wins in a sporting event.

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The 36 year old Colorado Springs native is sponsored by the Colorado based Naked Women's Racing and has been racing competitively for 10 years.   Bearden has also been one of the people pushing for inclusion and change in the sport of cycling, and has been working with the International Olympic Committee, USA Cycling and other international cycling groups to make it happen.

"Last January, the IOC released a document that said you can compete if you fall under these criteria. With that being said, more policies are coming out, so there's more work to be done to have acceptance worldwide and not just nationally."

But as you probably guessed, she was thrilled to have won the El Tour, one of the largest participatory sporting events in southern Arizona in her first attempt.  She also recognized the significance of this moment for the trans community.

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"It's absolutely huge," Bearden said.  "We're at a moment in time - especially now - where not only do we have to come out but we have to be positive.  We have to come together in solidarity and move the country in a direction that is accepting of all."

Congratulations Jillian!  This was an amazing accomplishment and another example of transpeople doing what they love and making history as they simply handle their business.  It's also another example of us accomplishing great things if we're simply given an opportunity to do so.

Will we see Jillian at a future Tour de France or at the 2020 Olympics?   Sure hope so.