Mycroft Masada is a queer trans faith leader who moved to the Washington DC area of Maryland’s Montgomery County from their lifelong home of Boston in 2014. Mycroft co-chairs the MoCo Pride Center, is a TransFaith National Council member, a TransEpiscopal Steering Committee member and former Congregation Am Tikva board member. 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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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

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