Mycroft Masada is a faith leader who moved to the Washington DC area from hir lifelong home of Boston MA in January 2014; a founding member of TransFaith’s National Council, steering committee member of TransEpiscopal, and former board member of Congregation Am Tikva. Mycroft is called to work for social justice at the intersections of faith, LGBTQI+ and fat communities, and is a writer and artist. Zie is partnered with Julia McCrossin, the mas(s)culine fatshion blogger, and they co-parent a dogter.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

TransFaith’s Being Brave Together retreats - #5 in Boston

TransFaith -- where I'm a founding National Councilmember -- launched our Being Brave Together model last year (2016), and the centerpiece is our Being Brave Together (BBT) retreats for trans* and allied spiritual/cultural workers in cities / regions around the country.  We’ve done them in Miami once (last February), Philly twice (last April and June), and Baltimore (last December), and I’ve co-facilitated all four (and blogged about it briefly here).

Our fifth and latest BBT retreat was today in Boston, at the Second Church in Newton UCC (United Church of Christ), and it was the best one yet – which is really saying something! Todah rabah, many thanks!! I co-facilitated with Louis Mitchell (also a TF staff member), in partnership with other TF staff and a local planning committee, and we had a dozen participants.

And we are planning them in several other cities for this year and next, and want to plan them in more.  And for that we need local hosts and planning committees, not to mention participants.  So please connect with us if you haven’t already -- transfaithonline.org/connect/being_brave_together/.  We have many other ways to connect, engage and gather as well, online and off.

This also enabled me to visit Boston for the first time since I moved here (three years ago, after being there since birth in 1976) – I’m sorry I didn’t get to tell or see more people, but hopefully it won’t be too long before the next time, and I can bring my partner Julia.

#TransFaith #BeingBraveTogether #retreats #leadershipretreats #trans* #faith #Boston #Newton #2ndChurchNewtonUCC #2ndChurchNewton #spirituality #faithtradition #religion #transgender

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trans United's first Organizing Call

Tonight was Trans United's first Organizing Call, and I was there, along with close to 100 of my closest colleagues, and it was quite a thing -- and it’s not too late to get involved.

"Trans United Fund is committed to building the political power of trans and gender expansive communities and our allies to advocate for trans equality."

#TransUnited #TransUnitedFund #trans* #transgender #gendernonconforming #genderexpansive #transled #transfocused #grassroots #organizing #conferencecall #CasaRuby #LaGender #TranscendLegal #TransLatinxCoalition

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Field trip to The Frederick Center

Tonight Julia and I visited The Frederick Center’s Trans and Gender Non-Binary Community Group for the first time, and shared good pizza, soda, and conversation about many aspects of moving forward together as a community.  Thank you for inviting and having us! We continue to be inspired by you as we create the MoCo Pride Center. And it was certainly an unusually good way to spend Erev Inauguration (oy vey!!).

"This monthly TFC group is open to all Trans and Gender Non-Conforming adults (ages 18+ only). We provide a safe space to discuss issues of interest – including identity, coming out, transition – to support one another in gender exploration, to build connections and socialize with one another. Meeting topics and activities will largely be determined by group interest. We will commit to Respect, Direct Communication, Gentleness, Exploration, and Confidentiality.  Significant others welcome."

#TheFrederickCenter #Frederick #FrederickMD #FrederickCounty #MD #trans* #nonbinary #enby #transgender #LGBTQ

Saturday, December 10, 2016

DMV Fat-Friendly Community holiday party 2016

The DMV Fat-Friendly Community holiday party was today, and it was great, greatly thanks to our hostesses with the most. A smorgasbord of sweet and savory snacks (provided and potluck), clothing swap (complete with shoes, socks, accessories, jewelry…), “white narwhal” gift swap* (based on your favorite holiday movie), and more.

*Pictured is the gift we brought – a stationery set I made to look like sushi-to-go (more of my art at http://masadarts.blogspot.com/2014/12/mycroft-masada-masadarts-my-artwork.html).

This is the group my partner Julia founded a few years ago; it has over 100 members, and the more the merrier.

#DMV #fatfriendly #community #fatcommunity #DC #MD #VA #holidayparty #party #potluck #clothingswap #giftswap #whitenarwhal #fatacceptance #fatjustice #fatactivism

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Montgomery County MD Police LGBTQ Community Meeting #3

Tonight Julia and I attended the Montgomery County Police Department's third LGBTQ Community Meeting.  The first was in June, and the second in September; the next and fourth is scheduled for Tuesday March 7th, and the contact person is Lieutenant Nick Augustine at Nicholas.Augustine@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov -- a gay officer who speaks at and MCs these meetings.

There were no members of the media at all this time, apparently, and again less people (than last time, which was much less than the previous, first time); but hopefully that will change, especially as we continue to create the MoCo Pride Center (we have finally started an LGBTQ center for our county).  And, it is December and all!

The agenda included:
- A holiday safety demonstration by the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service (which I especially appreciated as my paternal grandparents and great-aunt died in the fire at Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub during Thanksgiving week of 1942; too, my brother is a firefighter and EMT in Ohio)
- A presentation on the current substance-abuse epidemic -- focusing on heroin, and including a demonstration of how to use the latest overdose-antidote delivery devices
- A Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office presentation on the legal perspective of hate-crime prosecution

#LGBTQcommunity #LGBTQ #MontgomeryCountyMD #MoCoMD #MoCo #MontgomeryCounty #Gaithersburg #MD #Maryland #police‬ #countypolice

Saturday, December 3, 2016

TransFaith Being Brave Together retreats -- #4 in Baltimore

TransFaith -- where I'm a founding member of the new National Council -- launched its Being Brave Together model early this year, and the centerpiece is our Being Brave Together retreats for trans* and allied spiritual/cultural workers in regions around the country.  We’ve done them in Miami once (February) and Philly twice (April and June), and I’ve co-facilitated all three.  
Our fourth and latest BBT retreat was today in Baltimore, at the GLCCB (GLBT Community Center), and it was good! Thanks, everyone!! I co-facilitated with Vann Millhouse, in partnership with the TF staff and a local planning committee; as usual, we had some other TF leadership with us as well.

But what IS Being Brave Together, you ask? What is in the binder, and the TF carrying case? And what are the river rocks and glass pebbles for? Well, maybe you should come to a BBT retreat and find out.

We are planning them in several places as we speak – including two in my home state of MA -- and want to plan more, so be in touch and stay tuned (transfaithonline.org/connect/being_brave_together/).

#TransFaith #BeingBraveTogether #retreat #trans* #transgender #faith #Baltimore #GLCCB #DMV

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire -- 74th anniversary (1942 - 2016)

Tonight is the 74th yahrzeit of my paternal grandparents and great aunt – they died on November 28th of 1942, in the fire in Boston’s Cocoanut Grove nightclub, which killed almost 500 people (and injured more than 160 others); may their memories be a blessing.

When my father's parents Adelaide (Levin) and Theodore Wasserman (pictured, probably on their honeymoon in Bermuda) and her sister Sadie (Levin) Levin (yes, she was a Levin who married a Levin!) passed on, they were significantly younger than their youngest grandchild my brother is now; their son my father was two, and his brothers were in infancy and seven. My great-uncle Benjamin Levin, Sadie's husband, survived.

Another of Adelaide's sisters, Lillian, and her husband, came down with the family party from Maine, but as usual that couple opted to go to the Symphony instead.  They began to find out about the fire after they left the Hall and saw all the emergency vehicles.  They adopted their nephews, my father and his brothers.

And I do believe that this is a social in/justice story -- though I also believe that all stories are – especially as the fire was so much the result of corruption within and between the club ownership and the city, and the deaths and injuries largely due to the club’s furnishings becoming extremely toxic when heated.

And I think that that is the primary reason why there has been so much silence around the Grove.  And as usual, even with the positive changes that resulted, the corruption and silence has led to the forgetting and thus repetition of history -- for instance, the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island.  However, the 70th anniversary of the Grove fire has inspired more acknowledgement and even some action, including the formation of the Cocoanut Grove Coalition -- though I'm not sure how active they've continued to be.

In 2013, there was an official ceremony and reception at the site, and I attended with my father; it included the unveiling of a street sign saying “Cocoanut Grove Lane”, which joined a plaque in the sidewalk that took many years to install and had long been the only marker.

In January 2014, I moved to Maryland after a lifetime in the Boston area, to begin living with my partner of what was then four and half years, Julia (she has always lived in MD or DC, and needed to remain here to care for her parents).  I have been missing my usual annual visit(s) to the Grove site, where I would leave flowers and/or other small gifts.  My father has continued the visits, and was there this afternoon, though he saw no sign of other visitors.  Here are his photos of the plaque and its context today (rather conveniently, he is a professional photographer).  

And I am sorry to hear that luxury condos have been built on the site -- and how much more so that their management, some tenants and others have added insult to injury by complaining about having to remember the Grove fire, and managed to remove the plaque and move it down the street.  But, I am glad to hear that this drama prompted the mayor to announce that he supports the installation of a full-on memorial.

And speaking of drama, there is a new play about the Grove fire -- James Hansen Prince's "Inferno : Fire At The Cocoanut Grove 1942" (Prince, who both wrote and directed, had a relative at the Grove that night); I have heard some good things, and hope to at least read it soon.  Too, I will continue to work on a fuller piece about this part of our family’s story -- though I think a truly full version may need to wait until after more people pass away.