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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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.

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

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trans students' rights presentation @ Leisure World

This afternoon my local trans advocacy partner Ezra Towne and I presented on “Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Students’ Rights and the Gavin Grimm Case” (including Montgomery County Public Schools) at the #UnitarianUniversalist group of Leisure World of Maryland, with guests from the #LGBT group, and it was a great experience.

The image is the first slide of our superb PowerPoint – and I can say that because it was Ezra who worked super hard on it.  And we will probably publish it online this Summer.

#LeisureWorld is a 610-acre (1ish square mile), ~8,000-resident, 200+-employee gated community for people 55+, founded in 1966; this was my first time inside.

#LeisureWorldMD #UU #transstudents #GavinGrimm #AshtonWhitaker #transyouth #Trans101 #trans* #gendernonconforming #transgender #MCPS

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