Mycroft Masada is a trans and queer faith leader who moved to the Washington DC area from their lifelong home of Boston MA in 2014. A TransFaith National Council member, TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member, Mycroft is also a MoCo Pride Center Visionary. 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 MasadArts.blogspot.com.

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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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I WAS ON THE RADIO TODAY! WPFW’s Inside Out LGBT Radio show

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Joe Kivett-Ward's memory be a blessing

I lost another friend yesterday -- Joe Kivett-Ward met with an untimely and accidental death last night. May his memory be a blessing, as we say in Judaism. 

Joe was a fellow BAGLY alum (Boston Alliance of LGBT+ Youth), but was a decade older, so we weren’t there at the same time (he was 80s, I was 90s). In the early 2000s, when I was Administrative Director of SpeakOut Boston (the country's first LGBT+ speakers bureau), Joe wanted to become one of our speakers. As it turned out, he didn’t really have time. But we connected personally as well, and became friends, especially because of our shared love of Star Trek (particularly the Original Series), writing (our own and others’), and classic style / design.

Speaking of which, the image is a photo I took after his passing of some of Joe’s gifts to me on one of my birthdays (the box contained a set of the coordinating stationery, and I bought the cup and trivet, and some teas, with his Teavana gift card). 

We became friends at quite the dramatic time in my life, though, and largely because of that, we had a falling out and became estranged. But we remained connected on some level, and in a way that had always seemed rather Vulcan to both of us. And in time Joe contacted me, knowing that we needed each other, and we met “at the appointed place” – his mother’s wake, funeral and luncheon, as it happened – and we renewed our friendship. It was mostly through e-mail and then Facebook, especially because of our busyness, but it was meaningful, and we just had a Messenger conversation on April 18th.

We were both fortunate enough to find true love in recent years -- Joe with a man named Lynn, who he married in August of 2015; we were each co-parenting a dogter, too. Just last December, Joe and family moved to Las Vegas. Joe – a fellow (almost?) lifelong Bostonian -- was sometimes homesick, but still very happy and hopeful. I thought we might visit them if and when we visited my aunt in Nevada. And then on May 19th, Lynn came home from a trip to Boston to find that Joe had drowned in their pool. Lynn is planning to have a memorial service in Boston at some point.

Another layer of meaning and mourning for me is that Joe and my late friend Chris Hannon knew each other through me, and were similar in some ways (including that I met Chris at BAGLY), and Chris took his own life in January 2015 (when he was in his 30s), and I was the one who told Joe that. I believe in an afterlife, and believe that Joe and Chris have reconnected there, and that I will reconnect with them eventually. But oh, how I wish that they were still in this life! I love, miss and thank you, my friends – you did not live long, but you prospered more than many, and you found some peace though not long life.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Communities United Against Hate's #CUAHLaunch

Today was Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) of #MontgomeryCounty’s #CUAHLaunch -- keynote and other speeches*, panel including an LGBTQIA+ student activist**, resources fair including a MoCo Pride Center table (our first!!). My partner Julia and I were there, and I helped staff the #MoCoPrideCenter table -- I’m a Visionary (founding leader) at the Center. #CUAHLaunch  

These photos of my fellow Visionary Rev. Jill McCrory and I tabling with a community member were taken by a third Center Visionary. And, #CUAHMCMD interviewed us on video (and I was overly serious, as I tend to be in video interviews!).

The Center’s friends at Maryland Trans* Unity and our local LGBTQ+ youth groups also had tables -- there were some other LGBTQ+ and allied groups as well, though as usual most were DC- or Baltimore-based, which is why we started the Center. There were also many other organizations, politicians and other who sponsored the event.  In addition to their website and Facebook Page, our CUAH is on Twitter and Instagram @CUAHMCMD.  

*Keynote by Brian Frosh, Maryland’s Attorney General; **panel moderated by the awesome James Stowe, Director of our County’s Office of Human Rights was Althea, a local high school student and LGBTQIA activist; Doron Ezickson, Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, Washington, DC; Mimi Hassanein, Middle Eastern Liaison, County Office of Community Partnerships; Dr. Rajwant Singh, Senior Advisor, National Sikh Campaign; Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, Co-Chair, Faith Community Working Group; Gustavo Torres, Executive Director, CASA of Maryland.

#CommunitiesUnitedAgainstHate #CUAH #MoCo #MD #MoCoMD #Maryland #MontgomeryCountyMD #MoCoMaryland #MarylandTransUnity