Mycroft Masada is a queer trans faith leader who moved to the Washington DC area of Maryland’s Montgomery County from their lifelong home of Boston in 2014. Mycroft co-chairs the MoCo Pride Center, is a TransFaith National Council member, a TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member. Mycroft is particularly called to pursue justice at the intersections of LGBTQI+ and fat communities, and is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist. They are partnered with Julia McCrossin, the massculine fatshion blogger, and with her co-parents a dogter. Their central online home is

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Massachusetts' height/weight anti-discrimination bill -- House Bill 952!

#Massachusetts’ height/weight #antidiscriminationbill has a hearing TODAY!  Before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, along with many other bills, between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. in A-2; #HouseBill952, An Act Making #Discrimination on the Basis of Height and Weight Unlawful.

As always, I thank Representative Byron Rushing for presenting #HB952, and Representative Denise Provost for being among the sponsors, and for their work on both halves of #TransLawMA (MA's transgender civil rights law, which has been put on next year's ballot by opponents!).  And Marilyn Wann and Sondra Solovay for first making me aware of this bill some years ago. My testimony is below the hashtags.

#weightdiscrimination #heightdiscrimination #employmentdiscrimination #antidiscrimination #fatjustice #fatactivism #fatpolitics #MApoli #MALeg #ByronRushing #DeniseProvost

October 16, 2017

Senator William N. Brownsberger Representative Claire D. Cronin
Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Judiciary House Chair, Joint Committee on the Judiciary
Sonia Chang-Diaz, Vice Chair James M. Cantwell, Vice Chair

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street -- Rooms 136 and 504
Boston, MA  02133

Via email: Caroline Sherrard
Legislative Director,
Office of Representative Byron Rushing, Assistant Majority Leader
Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street -- Room 234
Boston, MA  02133

Dear Senators Brownsberger and Chang-Diaz and Representatives Cronin and Cantwell --

My name is Mycroft Masada Holmes, and I lived in greater Boston for more than 37 years, from my birth in 1976 until January of 2014, when I moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland to begin living with my partner.  I love and miss Boston and the rest of Massachusetts, and have always been proud to call them my home.

I write to you today primarily as a faith leader – my current national roles include membership in TransFaith’s National Council and TransEpiscopal’s Steering Committee; I also co-chair the MoCo Pride Center here in Montgomery County.  Before my move, I was the Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE), and a board member at Congregation Am Tikva.  I was one of the leaders of the interfaith campaign for both of Massachusetts’ transgender civil rights laws, the second of which went into effect a year ago this month (and unfortunately has been put on next year’s ballot by opponents).

Today, I testify in support of House Bill 952 -- An Act Making Discrimination on the Basis of Height and Weight Unlawful -- as I have done in person and/or in writing for the last few legislative sessions.  At one hearing, I also read the written testimony of attorney Sondra Solovay.  This bill and the second trans rights bill actually crossed paths in the hearing two years ago this month.

In my personal and professional life, I have experienced and witnessed a great deal of discrimination – especially in employment -- and much of it has been based on physical appearance and information, including height and especially weight.  This discrimination is wrong, profoundly damaging, pervasive, and rapidly increasing -- in Massachusetts and the rest of our country -- especially since the election in November; those who would discriminate in these ways are among those who have been empowered by the new Presidential administration.  We must do what we can to change this as soon as we can, and HB 952 can help.  This bill is also an critical educational tool – its implementation process will help dispel the widespread and increasing ignorance, misinformation and fear about weight.  You will be given expert testimony about these issues today and during the rest of this session – ample evidence of the significant and urgent need for this legislation.

My faiths teach that like the Adam, the first human being, all people are made b’tzelem Elohim – in the image of God -- people of all weights, heights, sizes and shapes.  Our infinite diversity of bodies and their changes over our lifetimes are gifts and blessings, meant to be lived and shared with joy and pride.  God creates and loves all of us, equally, in body and spirit.  And all of us should be equally recognized and protected by the law.

And as much as I speak to you as a person of faith, I also speak as a life partner.  My wonderful partner of more than eight years, Julia McCrossin, and I are the same height, and she weighs well over twice what I do; I’ve always been thin, she has always been fat.  Julia is a lifelong resident of Maryland and Washington DC, and visited me in Massachusetts several times.  After her father passed away, I moved to Maryland to begin living with her, largely so that we could help care for her disabled mother and the family dog.

We are very privileged to live in Maryland, not to mention Montgomery County, for many reasons.  Our county, state and neighboring DC have trans-inclusive civil rights laws, and DC’s Human Rights Laws consider height and weight included in “physical appearance”.  We are privileged in other ways as well – as much as we and those like us struggle, daily life is far more challenging for those directly facing other intersecting oppressions, such as racism, classism and ableism.  At the same time, we worry about moving to and through places where we are legally unprotected, which we often need and want to do.  We and so many others need An Act Making Discrimination On The Basis Of Height And Weight Unlawful to pass into law as soon as possible.  I pray that this can be another way for my home state to provide social justice leadership to the rest of the country.    

My partner and I want to visit Massachusetts together, hopefully have our wedding there, perhaps make our next home there.  And we have much to offer my great state.  I want her to have full civil rights wherever she is.  I want her to be able to continue to live, work and play better than she has done, contributing even more to our communities than she already has.  I want this for all residents of and visitors to Massachusetts.  I don’t want anyone to experience discrimination – and yet I know that some will, and I want them to be able to take appropriate action.  

I urge you to do everything you can to further this vital and long overdue legislation so that it can be passed into law this legislative session.  

Thank you,

Mycroft Holmes
[my postal and e-mail addresses]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pete Fosselman's Out For Pete campaign event

Tonight I went to Out For Pete -- an LGBTQ-focused event for Pete Fosselman’s campaign for Montgomery County Maryland’s Council (District 1) at Denizens Brewing Co. (where the #MoCoPrideCenter had our second Social last month, which is the first time I'd been there).

I know Pete because he’s been a fellow Visionary (founding leader) at the Center -- though of course we don’t endorse candidates -- and he would indeed be the first openly LGBTQ member of the Montgomery County MD Council; he is a cis (non-trans) gay man.

And a highlight of the event was a talk by candidate Danica Roem, who would be the first openly trans legislator in Virginia (and her election for Delegate is November 7th).  

#PeteFosselman #DanicaRoem #DenizensBrewingCo #OutForPete #MCMDCouncil

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition -- my first meeting

Tonight I went to my first Montgomery County Civil Rights Coalition (MCCRC) meeting -- their August meeting; they meet monthly, trying to move around the County each time, and they co-sponsor events. I wanted to see #MCCRC for myself, and represent the MoCo Pride Center, where I’m a Visionary (founding leader). It was also a good way to see the Islamic Center of Maryland for the first time.  MCCRC is a citizen body, not a County one -- “We are individuals and organizations organizing to protect our civil liberties and civil rights everywhere by protecting them where we live — in Montgomery County, Maryland.”
Senator William C. Smith, Jr. presented and took questions, and then we broke into committees -- I attended #PoliceAccountability, where we focused on “student resource officers” (SROs, police officers in / on call for schools). Then we regrouped for committee reports -- the others were #AntiIslamophobia, #Sanctuary / #Immigration, #Surveillance and #BystanderIntervention training.  We were joined by some County and state candidates, and invited to #IslamicCenterofMaryland’s prayer service which began during the meeting.

MCCRC is also working on forming an LGBTQ committee, and is part of the upcoming event Resisting Surveillance of MoCo Youth, which is also at and with the ICM. Special thanks to MCCRC member Lee Blinder for helping me get connected.

More about the meeting is here in MCCRC's e-mail, and on Facebook as an event and as a post.

#MoCoCivilRights #MontgomeryCounty #MoCoMD #MoCoMaryland #MoCo #civilrights #resist #MoCoPrideCenter #IslamicCenterMaryland #IslamicCenterMD

Saturday, August 5, 2017

4th (Mostly) Annual Maryland Trans*Unity Potluck

Today was the 4th (Mostly) Annual Maryland Trans*Unity Potluck (we took a break in 2015, and have sometimes called it a picnic, which it also is), this time at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (CLUUC) in Bethesda (which is where Trans*Unity lives).  

It was for all transgender, genderqueer, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people and their allies – including families of all kinds and children of all ages. We the organizers supplied some food, non-alcoholic drinks (this event is alcohol-free), paper products and games, and invited guests to bring something to share they could, but to know they were welcome if they couldn't – their presence was our present. And members of groups that serve the trans community were welcome to wear their flair and/or bring their materials.

It was co-sponsored by the Church and the new MoCo Pride Center (founded last year shortly before that Potluck and announced at it). And for the first time we had Heart To Hand with us, with their mobile testing unit and staff -- HTH "supports those infected and affected by sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, in Prince George’s County".

The Facebook event is here, and the flyers (the pictured one, and a quarter-page version) are here, though they will probably be taken down when the MoCo Trans Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) ones are put up. And here is our fabulous cake, as last year custom-colored like the trans and other community flags by Costco.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I WAS ON THE RADIO TODAY!  WPFW’s Inside Out LGBT Radio show, talking about the MoCo Pride Center with my fellow #MoCoPrideCenter Visionaries (founding leaders) Rev. Jill McCrory and Janine Rauscher (there are several others).

Hosted by Michael Sharp (one of the show’s seven hosts), with special guest and co-host Michael Knaapen of the Montgomery County LGBT Democrat Club. From 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., and people could listen live and call in -- though it may have been best that no one called, because we had a lot that we needed to say, and we said it.  

To listen to the audio recording, click here and scroll down to June 20th and “Inside Out with Dr. Nicole Cuts and The Collective…” or click here to go right to our episode’s play page.  

#WPFW #WPFWDC #WPFWFM #InsideOutLGBTRadio #InsideOutRadio #DCradio #radioshow #talkradio #LGBTQradio #Pride2017 #PrideCenters #LGBTQCenters #communityradio

Sunday, June 4, 2017

CLUUC Tapestry class -- non-gendered language

Today I co-taught a Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church (CLUUC) Tapestry class with my local trans advocacy partner Ezra Towne – a 75-minute one-off on “Non-Gendered Language” -- we actually spent at least as much time on gender-inclusive language, i.e. the kind that affirms that there are infinite genders in infinite combinations, and that some people don’t experience gender internally. Which is an especially important witness for those of us who are both / neither / other than men and women.

“Have you ever wondered how to remove gender from our daily language? Even though feminists worked hard to remove words like mailman, fireman, stewardess and actress from our occupational vocabulary, we fall short in so many other areas. How can we adapt the way we speak, and the words we use, to eliminate the assumption of gender?”

#CLUUC #CedarLaneUUChurch #CedarLaneUU #religiouseducation #religioused #genderneutral #genderinclusive #UnitarianUniversalist #UU #UUA #1stUUprinciple #firstUUprinciple

Sunday, May 21, 2017

MoCo Pride Center's first event!

Today was the MoCo Pride Center’s first event (Facebook event here)!  From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Agrodolce in Germantown MD, who also co-sponsored it.  I am one of the Center’s several Visionaries – founding leaders.  I was out of state on a pre-scheduled vacation with my partner, but I hear good things and see good pictures.  Among other things, I know that we premiered our Center logo window stickers.  

The Center will have our second event on Saturday July 29th at Denizens Brewing Co. in Silver Spring -- Facebook event here.  Please Like and Follow the Center on Facebook, too.  And please visit our website to give us your e-mail address, take our community survey, and more.  Yes, Maryland's Montgomery County finally has an LGBTQ center, and we look forward to helping to organize and grow our LGBTQ+ and allied community.  #MoCoPrideCenter