Mycroft Masada is a nonbinary trans and queer Jewish leader with 30 years of experience who moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland (Montgomery County near Washington DC) from their lifelong home of Boston in 2014. A TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member, Mycroft is particularly called to pursue LGBTQ+ and fat justice, and is an advocate, organizer, consultant, educator, trainer, writer and artist. They are married to Julia McCrossin, the mas(s)culine fatshion blogger, and with her they co-parent a dogter. Their central online home is MasadArts.blogspot.com.


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Monday, August 3, 2020

At least 25 trans people have been killed in the US & PR in 2020

Erev tov, good evening. Although there is a great deal of good news about my trans sisters’, brothers’ and other siblings’ resilience and resistance, many of their lives are still being stolen -- at least 25 of them in 2020, and others have been assaulted or are missing. Most of the US victims are Black, most in Puerto Rico and the rest of our world are Latina/x; most everywhere are women and young.

And though overall reporting has improved, the reality has also been worsening, and in a particular way since 2016.

🕯 Dustin Parker, 25, McAlester, Oklahoma, January 1st.
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🕯 Neulisa Alexa Luciano Ruiz, age apparently unknown, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, February 24th.
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🕯 Yampi Méndez Arocho, 19, Moca, Puerto Rico, March 5th.
🕯 Monika Diamond, 34, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18th.
🕯 Lexi, 33, Harlem, New York, March 28th.
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🕯Johanna Metzger, 25, Baltimore, Maryland (an hour from us here in Gaithersburg), April 11th.
🕯 Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, 32, and Layla Pelaez Sánchez, 21, Puerto Rico, April 21st -- Serena and Layla were together at the time.
🕯 Penélope Díaz Ramírez, 31, Puerto Rico, April 13th -- killed in prison.
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🕯 Nina Pop, 28, Sikeston, Missouri, May 3rd.
🕯 Helle Jae O’Regan, 20, San Antonio, Texas, May 6th.
🕯 Jayne Thompson, 33, Mesa County, Colorado, May 9th -- killed by police.
🕯 Tony McDade, 38, Tallhassee, Florida, May 27th -- also killed by police.
🕯 Selena Reyes-Hernandez, 37, Chicago, Illinois, May 31st.
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🕯 Dominique “Rem'mie” Fells, 25, Philadelphia, Pennsyania, June 9th.
🕯 Riah Milton, 33, Liberty Township, Ohio, also June 9th.
🕯 Brian “Egypt” Powers, 43, Akron, Ohio, June 13th.
🕯 Brayla Stone, 17, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 25th.
🕯 Merci Mack, 22, Dallas, Texas, June 30th.
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🕯 Shaki Peters, 32, Amite City, Louisiana, on July 1st.
🕯 Bree Black, 27, Pompano Beach, Florida, July 3rd.
🕯 Summer Taylor, 24, Seattle, Washington, July 4th -- killed by someone driving into the Black Lives Matter protest they were participating in, which has happened to several dozen BLM protestors this year, though most have survived.
🕯 Marilyn Cazares, 22, Brawley, California, July 13th.
🕯 Dior H Ova / Tiffany Harris, 32, the Bronx, New York, July 26th.
🕯 Queasha D Hardy, 22, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 27th.

In addition to gun violence and police brutality, trans people are at high risk for CoViD-19, HIV and other STIs, addiction, incarceration, family and partner abuse, mental illness, suicide, healthcare discrimination, poverty, homelessness, and more -- how much more so when we are in other oppressed groups. We still lack full legal protection in most states, and several states have anti-trans laws or bills -- and the Trump administration continues to undo trans rights progress nationally.

Too, little attention is given to the many murdered, missing and assaulted Native / Indigenous people -- especially girls, women, and/or Two Spirit people.

May all of my trans siblings’ memories be blessings -- and call us to act! May we make Black trans lives matter more! May we schlep ever closer to tikkun olam, world repair, at the intersection of LGBTQ+, climate, racial, immigration, spiritual, fat, disability, and all other rays of the rainbow of justice! AMEN!

(Attached is a collage I made -- photos of everyone except Lexi, Penélope, Selena and Tiffany, and my photo of a trans symbol pendant / tealight / river rocks, on a purple background.)

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #LatinxLivesMatter #LatinxTransLivesMatter #NativeLivesMatter #NativeTransLivesMatter #TwoSpiritLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter #TDOR #TDOR2020 #TransDayOfRemembrance 


Monday, July 13, 2020

21+ trans people have been murdered in the US & PR in 2020

Erev tov, good evening. Alas, although there is much good news about my trans siblings’ resilience and resistance, many of their lives are still being stolen. More have been killed at this point in the year than ever before.

At least 21 of them, and I am seeing initial reports of at least a few more. And there have been several assaults, and disappearances. Most of the US victims are Black, most in Puerto Rico and the rest of our world are Latina/x; most everywhere are women and young. And though overall reporting has improved, the reality has been worsening, and in a particular way since 2016.

🕯 Dustin Parker, 25, McAlester, Oklahoma, January 1st.
🕯 Neulisa Alexa Luciano Ruiz, age apparently unknown, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, February 24th.
🕯 Yampi Méndez Arocho, 19, Moca, Puerto Rico, March 5th.
🕯 Monika Diamond, 34, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18th.
🕯 Lexi, 33, Harlem, New York, March 28th.
🕯Johanna Metzger, 25, Baltimore, Maryland -- an hour from us here in Gaithersburg, April 11th.
🕯 Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, 32, and Layla Pelaez Sánchez, 21, Puerto Rico, April 21st -- Serena and Layla were together at the time.
🕯 Penélope Díaz Ramírez, 31, Puerto Rico, April 13th -- killed in prison.
🕯 Nina Pop, 28, Sikeston, Missouri, May 3rd.
🕯 Helle Jae O’Regan, 20, San Antonio, Texas, May 6th.
🕯 Jayne Thompson, 33, Mesa County, Colorado, May 9th -- killed by police.
🕯 Tony McDade, 38, Tallhassee, Florida, May 27th -- killed by police.
🕯 Selena Reyes-Hernandez, 37, Chicago, Illinois, May 31st.
🕯 Dominique “Rem'mie” Fells, 25, Philadelphia, Pennsyania, June 9.
🕯 Riah Milton, 33, Liberty Township, Ohio, June 9th.
🕯 Brayla Stone, 17, Little Rock, Arkansas, June 25th.
🕯 Merci Mack, 22, Dallas, Texas, June 30th.
🕯 Shaki Peters, 32, Amite City, Louisiana, on July 1st.
🕯 Bree Black, 27, Pompano Beach, Florida, July 3rd.
🕯 Summer Taylor, 24, Seattle, Washington, July 4th -- killed by someone driving into the Black Lives Matter protest they were participating in, which has happened to several dozen BLM protesters this year, though most have survived.

In addition to gun violence and police brutality, trans people are at high risk for CoViD-19, HIV and other STIs, addiction, incarceration, family and partner abuse, mental illness, suicide, healthcare discrimination, poverty, homelessness, and many other things -- how much more so when we are in other oppressed groups. We still lack full legal protection in most states, and several states have anti-trans laws or bills -- and the Trump administration continues to undo trans rights progress nationally.

Too, very little attention is given to the many murders of, assaults on and disappearances of Native / Indigenous people -- especially girls, women, and/or Two Spirit people.

May all of my trans siblings’ memories be blessings -- and call us to act! May make Black trans lives matter more! May we schlep ever closer to tikkun olam, world repair, at the intersection of LGBTQ+, climate, racial, immigration, spiritual, fat, disability, and all other rays of the rainbow of justice! Amen!

(The attached image is a collage I made today -- photos of everyone except Lexi, Penélope and Selena, with my photo of a trans symbol pendant / tealight / river rocks, on a purple background.)

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #LatinxLivesMatter #LatinxTransLivesMatter #NativeLivesMatter #NativeTransLivesMatter #TwoSpiritLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter #TDOR #TDOR2020 #TransDayOfRemembrance ⚧💔🕯

Friday, June 12, 2020

12+ trans people have been murdered in the US/PR in 2020

Boker tov, boker or (good morning, morning light) -- and mourning light.  Today is Friday June 12th of 2020 (20th Sivan 5780) -- the twelfth day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month.  And at least twelve of my trans sisters, brothers and other siblings have been murdered this year here in the mainland US and Puerto Rico, joining dozens in the rest of our world.

And there have been non-fatal attacks, including on Iyanna Dior in Saint Paul, Minnesota on June 1st. Most of the US victims are Black, most of the Puerto Rican and worldwide ones are Latina/x; most everywhere are women and young.  And none of this is new -- though overall reporting has been improving, the reality has also been getting worse, since 2016 and long before.

Yesterday I began to see initial reports of at least two more murders, of Black trans women.  But for now, this is the list:

Dustin Parker, 25, McAlester, Oklahoma, January 1st (New Year’s Day).
Neulisa Luciano Ruiz, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, February 24th.
Yampi Méndez Arocho, 19, Moca, Puerto Rico, March 5th.
Monika Diamond, 34, Charlotte, North Carolina, March 18th.
Lexi, 33, Harlem, New York, March 28th.
Johanna Metzger, Baltimore, Maryland (an hour from us here in Gaithersburg), April 11th.
Serena Angelique Velázquez Ramos, 32, and Layla Pelaez Sánchez, 21, Puerto Rico, April 21st; Serena and Layla were together at the time.
Penélope Díaz Ramírez, Puerto Rico, April 13th.
Nina Pop, Sikeston, Missouri, May 3rd.
Helle Jae O’Regan, 20, San Antonio, Texas, May 6th.
Tony McDade, Tallhassee, Florida, May 27th*.

Too, very little attention is given to the many murders of, assaults on and disappearances of Native / Indigenous people -- especially girls, women, and/or Two Spirit people.

We also lose many trans siblings to suicide -- the attempt rate in our community is over 40%.  And there are unreported trans deaths, and reported deaths where the victim is not identified as trans. Trans people are not included in even basic civil rights laws in most states, and several states have anti-trans laws or are attempting to pass them -- and the Trump administration continues to undo trans rights progress on a national level.

Trans people are also more likely to die of CoViD-19 -- how much more so when they are in other oppressed groups.

And while I say little here or elsewhere about the death details -- primarily to avoid further traumatizing my trans followers, especially those living at similar intersections as the victims -- it is vital to say that the great majority are shootings, and that this is yet another reason we desperately need gun control, and it is an LGBTQ+ and racial justice issue.  *Too, Tony McDade, a Black trans man, was killed by the police, and he is far from the first trans person -- especially Black/of color -- to die that way.

May all of my trans siblings’ memories be blessings -- and call us to act!  May we act to make Black trans and queer lives matter more!  May we schlep ever closer to tikkun olam, world repair, at the intersection of LGBTQ+, climate, racial, immigration, spiritual, fat, disability, and all other rays of the rainbow of justice!  Amen!

(The attached image is a collage I made with Adobe Spark yesterday -- photos of everyone except Lexi and Penélope.)

#BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #LatinxLivesMatter #LatinxTransLivesMatter #NativeLivesMatter #TwoSpiritLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter #TDOR #TDOR2020 #TransDayOfRemembrance


Sunday, March 1, 2020

"OTHERWISE CHRISTIAN 2 : STORIES OF RESISTANCE" INCLUDES A PIECE BY ME!


OC2 is a nonfiction anthology edited by Mx. Chris Paige -- personal reflections by 30 transgender (binary and non), intersex, and Two Spirit authors of many racial and spiritual identities!

You can order OC2 now -- and their siblings OtherWise Christian : A Guidebook For Transgender Liberation, Christian Faith & Gender Identity, and In Remembrance Of Me : Bearing Witness To Transgender Tragedy (with more books in the works)!

Main webpage
Table of Contents
Pre-orders for the Kindle e-book (Amazon)
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#OtherWiseChristian #OtherWiseChristian2 #TransAndSacred #NonBinaryAndSacred #IntersexAndSacred #TwoSpiritAndSacred #SacredOtherWise #YouAreLoved #YouAreNotAMistake #ClaimYourStory #ClaimingOurStories


Saturday, February 1, 2020

4th annual Theatrical Set Designs & Other Fripperies (Dec. 2019 - Jan. 2020)!

Yesterday was the last day of my friend Sarah B. Guest Perry’s 4th annual Theatrical Set Designs & Other Fripperies! THANK YOU, Fripperies fans, for all of your Likes/Reacts, Comments, Shares, tags, submissions, suggestions, etc.! Your participation makes the show possible, successful and worthwhile, especially as it is free, and it helps support our other work.  Sarah also has a blog, Facebook, Twitter, PinterestPatreon and books.  

Fripperies is one of Sarah’s three free annual art shows here on Facebook (and Twitter), and I’m among her art assistants. Every morning for two months (!), she publishes a multi-image post, complete with a creative intro and object label style descriptions. And we can tag you in the comments.

Her 4th annual Dollhouses & Other Miniature Worlds starts April 1st, the 7th annual Eerie Art September 1st, and the 5th annual Fripperies December 1st -- along with my 5th annual Mycroft’s Menorah Mishigas. Thanks again, and we'll see you in the Spring!

#Fripperies2019 #Fripperies2020 #MiniArt2020 #EerieArt2020 🎨🎭🔬🎃🖼

Saturday, January 25, 2020

I was featured on Goodwill Of Greater Washington's blog!

I went to Goodwill of Greater Washington’s Finding Your Good Meetup at their recently renovated Rockville store, and was included in their blog post!

“Mycroft, another diehard Goodwill pro, was spotted at the jewelry counter. They are an expert at finding unique pieces that turn heads, as shown on Facebook. Of this haul, we’re in love with this painterly watch!”

This is their photo of my finds.

Another highlight was that one of my fellow thrifters found a pair of 70s/80s women’s multicolored leather sandals, and they had some butterfly stickers on the bottoms that looked like they were from the same time, and intended for children. And that threw me back to a happy memory of my late mother.

In the early 80s, when my little* brother and I were very young children, and my mother would go out for the evening, she would wear a pair of dressy white leather sandals. And to help us be happier with being left at home, she let us put some of our stickers on the heels. I can still picture that -- I think at least one of them was a puffy lenticular sticker, maybe in a sports theme. And of course the 80s were a huge time for stickers, especially for children and youth. (And I know I’m not the only one here who never got over that!) If I ever knew what became of those shoes, I don’t remember it now. Hopefully my mother or another was able to enjoy them for the rest of their lives. Maybe they were thrifted into a good home!

My Goodwill experience made me realize that I’ve always thought this was a fairly common thing, but I’ve rarely talked with anyone about it. What do you think?

(*Now 6’5” to my 5’7”, but I’ll always be three years older!) 

#ThursdayThoughts #ThankfulThursday #ThriftyThursday #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #FolkloreThursday

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"Is that the man-lady?"

Dear Diary, and social media --

Today I was in Target, and a young girl kept asking her mother “Is that the man-lady?” -- because “they look like the man-lady”. Nu, I knew I was _a_ man-lady, but _The_ Man-Lady? I must be moving up in the world!

Yours truly, and Trewly

Lord-Lady / Lady-Lord Mycroft Masada Holmes-McCrossin
Of Gaithersburg-Upon-Washington
Lately Of Boston-By-The-Sea

P.s. This is not to say that I don’t also find these experiences challenging -- and many of my fellow trans and gender nonconforming people find them more so (and some find them less). How much more so as they happen every time I leave my house. But, especially as a trans Jew, or Trew, I also need to find the happiness and humor in them.  
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