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

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Trans Is My Bag, Baby – Now, Literally

As you may know, JanSport makes a model line of their bags (backpacks etc.) called Trans. I learned of them several years ago, when I saw them being used by GLBT colleagues (who bought them primarily because they were the right bags, including the way they looked, and secondarily because of the name). The bags have “trans:” embroidered on them, and cast onto all their metal zippers. I wonder if JanSport or any of their resellers gets it yet.

I’ve wanted one ever since -- in blue, my favorite color. Yesterday, my best friend / sister / colleague Laurie Wolfe (no direct links yet *coughs pointedly in her direction*) saw one at one of our local TJMaxxes – at an extremely cheap price.

So today I went, saw and bought it. YAY! It even looks like a blue dragon, which is one of my identities and therefore my primary symbol. I’m having fun thinking about how to decorate it.

Usually I use dressier and/or smaller bags. But this bag has several uses, and it will be especially good for trans workdays when I have to schlep a lot of things (like my beloved 'handouts', paper materials) -- particularly if it's raining etc. It’s even made for a laptop. It has so many features that I’ll probably never use them all at once, but that’s good.

I’d link you to one, but I can’t find it online – it seems I’m even luckier than I thought. Maybe I’ll take a digital photo of it.

As Austin Powers (Man of Mystery) would say: that’s my bag, baby.

~ Mycroft, Trans of Mystery

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My brother Ted visited!


My only biological sibling Ted, a firefighter and EMT, lives in Ohio, but we’re rarely able to see each other in person. It’s been a few years since the last time. And strange though it sounds in these high tech times, it’s been challenging for us to interact virtually, especially by voice. So it was wonderful that he had to visit Barrington, Rhode Island (a suburb of Providence, an hour from Boston) for work, and we were able to see each other. It was even the week between our birthdays. Happy 29th birthday, Brother!

Click here for my Picasa Web Album. I know, each image looks like a bad photoshop of at least two photos! I’m 5’6” and Ted is 6’5”. Though we were born three years apart, we share most expressed genes, and until his puberty were often mistaken for identical or fraternal twins. However, I’m female and he’s male, and there’s acromegaly in our father’s family (popularly called “giantism” or “gigantism”).

I regret to inform the rest of you that he only desires romantic relationships with women. Interested parties of that persuasion, email me your CV and we’ll consider you.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

I’m FINALLY having my 1st (duo) art show!

Although I've always been an artist and from a family of artists, I've been extremely bad about sharing that, especially showing and selling. This month, I’m finally having my first (duo) show!

I was at my local library, the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, and saw a sign calling for artists to display their work there. I asked about it and learned that the Jamaica Plain Centre / South Main Streets organization has a First Thursdays program wherein artists install their work at the businesses etc. in JP Center, including the library. “Each First Thursday of the month businesses along Centre and South Streets are transformed into galleries featuring works from local artists. Open receptions, at each location, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, offer a chance to meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and experience JP’s fabulous businesses in an entirely new light. Artworks usually remain on display for the remainder of the month.”

The library scheduled me as one of their two July artists. The other is Gordon Toone, whose provider at an adult day program approached the library. “Jamaica Plain Branch Library, corner South & Sedgwick, GORDON TOOME, acrylics: MYCROFT MASADA HOLMES, sculptural constructions.” (I don’t know where they got that phrase, but it’s not a bad thing.)

The opening reception was tonight, Thursday July 3rd. Everyone who replied to my email to locals saying that they would attend did -- my colleague Marvin, university mate Jill, and their coworker Joanie; my father Bill, stepmother Mia, youngest brother and sister Jack and Eloise, and their dog Olivia; my friends IlanaRei and Sara; my colleague Chelsea and her housemate Erica; my former coworker Pat. Thank you so much!

There was a refreshments table (alcohol-free, yay), and another with Gordon’s flyers and my pricelist, guestbook and business cards. I sold one of my seven pieces, and took a commission based on another. I hope to sell more, and plan to have my art sold by at least one Jamaica Plain shop.

I met and liked Gordon and his daughter who was acting as his agent, as well as his art. And he too had a successful reception.

I knew that the library was one of the least popular gallery locations, and so was pleasantly surprised by how much like an art gallery show opening this was, and what a primary role I played in that. When the reception ended, I learned that the library has been doing this for several years and have never had a reception anywhere near as successful – indeed, most people only attend because the library is open during the opening and they want to access its services. The staff was shocked and thrilled by this opening. “You’re famous! I had no idea!” James kept exclaiming. Well…I am famous, but not as an artist. I’m famous (locally and somewhat nationally and internationally) as a GLBT, especially trans, leader. And I can transfer that fame to my artwork. And that’s when I realized: I’d just officially become one of those celebrities who become famous for something else and then reveal that they’re also a visual artist! Fascinating, as Spock would say. And funny. I’m glad I’m one of the too unusual cases where the primary work and artwork are both positive.

Click here for my Picasa Web Album (another Google product I highly recommend, both the offline and online software) of photographs of the reception.

The show continues during library hours through Thursday July 31st.

Thank you to Branch Librarian James Morgan and his staff!