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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Monday, August 19, 2019

Happy 20th Birth Day, Transgender Flag!

Happy 20th Birth Day to the Transgender Flag, and happy Trans Flag Day to everyone else! The trans flag was created on August 19th of 1999 by Monica Helms (todah rabah, many thanks). And five years ago today, August 19th of 2014, it was donated to the National Museum of American History (part of the Smithsonian).

I'm doing at least seven trans-flag-themed posts on Facebook today (!). Including a reminder / FYI that the planet Jupiter is trans (according to NASA and the United States Postal Service), the trans-flag-themed stained glass panel I made at VisArts in February (and the ocean-inspired one my spouse Julia made), and our new trans flag crab magnet from Route One Apparel (because we're meshuggah Marylanders, though I lived in Boston until 2014). 

And yet no observance can be complete without our stolen sisters and other siblings -- at least 16 trans people have been murdered in 2019 in the US (joining hundreds more elsewhere), and 15 are Black trans women. Dana Martin, Jazzaline Ware, Ashanti Carmon, Claire Legato, Muhlaysia Booker, Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, Paris Cameron (along with Alunte Davis and Timothy Blancher, Black gay men), Chynal Lindsey, Chanel Scurlock, Zoe Spears, Brooklyn Lindsey, Denali Berries Stuckey, Tracy Single, Kiki Fantroy, Jordan Cofer, Pebbles LaDime 'Dime' Doe. We have also lost siblings to ICE, prison, suicide, and other plagues. May their memories be blessings -- and call us to act! Amen!

#TransFlagDay #TransFlagDay2019 #transgenderflag #transflag #MonicaHelms #MondayMorning #MondayMood #MondayMotivation 

Sunday, August 11, 2019

15 trans people murdered in 2019 in US - 14 Black trans women!


Erev tov, good evening, on this second Sunday of August 2019, as Tisha B’Av is ending and Eid Al-Adha beginning.

My mourning, prayer and work includes two more of my trans siblings murdered here in the US since my last post of this kind -- and there have been dozens more in the rest of our world. The total in this country in 2019 is now at least fifteen -- and all but one are Black trans women. Jordan Cofer, 22, was among the nine victims killed in the mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio, last Sunday August 4th -- and was the brother of the shooter. Pebbles LaDime “Dime” Doe, 24, was killed in Allendale County, South Carolina, that same day.


The other stolen sisters are Dana Martin, 31, Montgomery, Alabama, January 6th.
Jazzaline Ware, age unknown, Memphis, sometime in March.
Ashanti Carmon, 27 -- like Zoe, who she knew, right here in Maryland, in Prince George’s County’s Fairmount Heights at the DC border, March 30th*.
Claire Legato, 21, Cleveland, shot April 15th and died May 14th.
Muhlaysia Booker, 23, Dallas, May 18th -- having survived a transphobic attack by a group on April 12th.
Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40, Philadelphia, May 19th.
Paris Cameron, 20, Detroit, May 25th -- Alunte Davis, 21, and Timothy Blancher, 20, both Black gay men, were also killed, and two other people were injured.
Chynal Lindsey, 26, Dallas, June 1st**.
Chanel Scurlock, 23, Lumberton, North Carolina, June 6th.
*Zoe Spears, 23 -- like Ashanti, who she knew, right here in Maryland, in Prince George’s County’s Fairmount Heights at the DC border, June 13th.
Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, Kansas City, Missouri, June 25th.
Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, North Charleston, South Carolina, July 20th.
Kiki Fantroy, 21, Miami, July 31st.

**Johana ‘Joa’ Medina, 25, a Latinx trans woman from El Salvador, also died on June 1st, in El Paso, Texas -- just hours after being released from ICE custody. Layleen Polanco, 27, an Afro-Latinx trans woman, was found dead in her cell at Rikers (Island Jail, New York City) on June 7th.

Again, the great majority of our stolen siblings here are Black, women, and young -- elsewhere, they are Latinx trans women and transfeminine people. Too, very little attention is given to the murders, assaults and disappearances of Native / Indigenous people -- especially girls, women, and/or Two Spirit people.

We also lose many siblings to suicide -- the attempt rate in our community is over 40%. And there are unreported trans deaths, reported deaths where the victim is not identified as trans, non-fatal assaults and much more. 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 Trump administration is attempting to undo trans rights progress on a national level.

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.

May all of my trans sisters, brothers and other siblings’ memories be blessings (as we say in Judaism) -- and call us to act! Today and every day, may we schlep closer to tikkun olam, world repair, at the intersection of LGBTQ+, climate, racial, immigration, spiritual, fat, disability, and all other stripes of the rainbow of justice! May we never forget that white supremacy has always included cis supremacy, misogyny and transphobia! Amen!

#TishaBAv #TishaBAv2019 #TishaBAv5779 #TDOR #TDOR2019 #TransDayOfRemembrance #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #LatinxLivesMatter #LatinxTransLivesMatter #NativeLivesMatter #TwoSpiritLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter


Monday, July 22, 2019

12 trans people murdered in 2019 in US - all Black trans women!


Laila tov, good evening.

Two more of my trans siblings have been murdered here in the US this year (and dozens more in the rest of our world), bringing the total to twelve -- and all twelve are Black trans women. Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, Kansas City, Missouri, June 25th; Denali Berries Stuckey, 29, North Charleston, South Carolina, this past Saturday July 20th.


The other ten stolen sisters are Dana Martin, 31, Montgomery, Alabama, January 6th.
Jazzaline Ware, age unknown, Memphis, sometime in March.
Ashanti Carmon, 27 -- like Zoe, who she knew, right here in Maryland, in Prince George’s County’s Fairmount Heights at the DC border, March 30th*.
Claire Legato, 21, Cleveland, shot April 15th and died May 14th.
Muhlaysia Booker, 23, Dallas, May 18th -- having survived a transphobic attack by a group on April 12th.
Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40, Philadelphia, May 19th.
Paris Cameron, 20, Detroit, May 25th -- Alunte Davis, 21, and Timothy Blancher, 20, both Black gay men, were also killed, and two other people were injured.
Chynal Lindsey, 26, Dallas, June 1st**.
Chanel Scurlock, 23, Lumberton, North Carolina, June 6th.
*Zoe Spears, 23 -- like Ashanti, who she knew, right here in Maryland, in Prince George’s County’s Fairmount Heights at the DC border, June 13th.

**Johana ‘Joa’ Medina, 25, a Latinx trans woman from El Salvador, also died on June 1st, in El Paso, Texas -- just hours after being released from ICE custody. Layleen Polanco, 27, an Afro-Latinx trans woman, was found dead in her cell at Rikers (Island Jail, New York City) on June 7th.

Last year in 2018, more than 30 trans people were murdered here in the US, and well over 300 others elsewhere in our world. And the great majority of our stolen siblings here are Black, women, and young -- elsewhere, Latinx trans women and transfeminine people. Too, very little attention is given to the murders, assaults and disappearances of Native / Indigenous people -- especially girls, women, and/or Two Spirit people.

We also continue to lose many siblings to suicide -- the attempt rate in our community is over 40%. And there continue to be unreported trans deaths, reported deaths where the victim is not identified as trans, non-fatal assaults and much more. Trans people are not included in even basic civil rights laws in most states, and several states have anti-trans legislation in process -- in addition to the Trump administration’s attempts to undo trans rights progress on a national level.

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.

May all of my trans sisters, brothers and other siblings’ memories be blessings (as we say in Judaism) -- and call us to act, particularly at trans justice’s intersection with racial, immigration and economic justice! This month and every month, may we schlep towards tikkun olam, world repair, at the intersection of LGBTQ+, climate, racial, immigration, spiritual, fat, disability, and all other stripes of the rainbow of justice! May we never forget that white supremacy has always included cis supremacy, misogyny and transphobia! Amen!

#TDOR #TDOR2019 #TransDayOfRemembrance #BlackLivesMatter#BlackTransLivesMatter #LatinxLivesMatter #LatinxTransLivesMatter#NativeLivesMatter #TwoSpiritLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter 


Friday, July 5, 2019

MY 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MY SPOUSE!


TEN YEARS AGO TODAY, on July 5th of 2009, I met my Julia! In an online fat community. I had always lived in the Boston area, she had always lived in Maryland or DC. A direct message led to e-mails, Facebook, phone calls, postal mail and more. That September, we met in person for the first time, when she came to visit me in Boston. In August 2012, we adopted our dogter Ursula. We remained long-distance for our first four and a half years (!). In January 2014, I moved here to her hometown of Gaithersburg so that we could begin living together. Last September, we married.

Julia has been and is the most wonderful person and partner, and I am oh so amazed, happy, grateful and proud that she is, and is mine! Her beauty, handsomeness and style are wondrous as well. (Our Ursula has turned out to be all-too-aptly named after the Sea Witch from the Little Mermaid, but thus she has her own Facebook Group, so we’ll continue that discussion there.)

This family portrait was taken in April, by Bill MacFarland at Paws In The Park (see also) -- an annual MoCo Humane Society and City Of Gaithersburg event that benefits the Society, from whom we adopted Ursula.

Todah rabah, many thanks, for your decade of support, MyJul / JulCroft family, friends and fans!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

AFSCME Pride 2019 (the union my spouse works for)

I’m so proud of my spouse Julia, who works at AFSCME and was on their Pride Month committee for the first time this year, working very hard to help organize the in-house Pride programming (which I was privileged to attend)! AFSCME President Lee Saunders spoke, and Julia wrote and delivered remarks to introduce him. There was a showing of “Stonewall Uprising” (a 2011 episode of PBS’ American Experience), a Pride-themed cake and stickers, lots of other fun food (including ice cream and candy, and much of it was rainbow-y), an LGBTQ history handout, and more.

#AFSCME #AFSCMEPride #AFSCMEProud #UnionPride #Union #1U #1UPride #PrideMonth #PrideMonth2019 #Pride #Pride2019 #WeMakeAmericaHappen #WeMakeEqualityHappen #StonewallUprising #Stonewall50 #kvelling ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿณ️‍๐ŸŒˆ✊

Monday, June 17, 2019

HEARING TODAY - Massachusetts' Height & Weight Anti-Discrimination Bill

TODAY AT 1:00 (EST) IN BOSTON (my hometown!!), Massachusetts' House Bill 3413, An Act Making Discrimination on the Basis of Height and Weight Unlawful, has a hearing!  The contact person is Caroline Sherrard, Chief of Staff of the Office of Senator Becca Rausch -- Caroline.Sherrard@masenate.gov and 617.722.1555 (internal x1556). I lived in MA until 2014 (when I moved here to Gaithersburg, Maryland), and have been supporting this bill for several years, though it is older than that. #MondayMotivation #MondayMorning #fatjustice#fatliberation #fatacceptance #fatactivism ๐Ÿ’‍♀️๐Ÿ“œ๐Ÿ™‹‍♀️

This is the supportive testimony I submitted:

June 17th, 2019

Senator James B. Eldridge, Senate Chair, Joint Committee on the Judiciary
Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz, Senate Vice Chair
Representative Claire D. Cronin, House Chair
Representative Michael S. Day, House Vice Chair

Massachusetts State House
24 Beacon Street -- Rooms 320, 136, and 111
Boston, MA 02133

Via email: James.McCarthy@mahouse.gov
Caroline.Sherrard@mahouse.gov
Gretchen.VanNess@masenate.gov
Tobin.Abraham@mahouse.gov

Dear Senators Eldridge and Chang-Diaz and Representatives Cronin and Day --

My name is Mycroft Masada Holmes, and I lived in greater Boston for more than 37 years, from my birth in 1976 until January of 2014, when I moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland to begin living with my partner. I love and miss Boston and the rest of Massachusetts, though I have visited a few times, and I have always been proud to call them my home.

I write to you today primarily as a faith leader called to advocate for social justice, particularly LGBTQ+ and fat justice. Before my move, I was the Chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition’s Interfaith Coalition for Transgender Equality (ICTE), and a board member at Congregation Am Tikva. I was one of the leaders of the interfaith campaign for both of Massachusetts’ transgender civil rights laws.

Today, I testify in support of House Bill 3413 -- An Act Making Discrimination on the Basis of Height and Weight Unlawful -- as I have done in person and/or in writing for a few legislative sessions. At one hearing, I also read the written testimony of attorney Sondra Solovay. This bill and the second trans rights bill actually shared a hearing a few years ago.

In my personal and professional life, I have experienced and witnessed a great deal of discrimination – especially in employment -- and much of it has been based on physical appearance and information, including height and especially weight. This discrimination is wrong, profoundly damaging, pervasive, and rapidly increasing -- in Massachusetts and the rest of our country -- especially since the November 2016 elections; those who would discriminate in these ways are among those who have been empowered by the current presidential administration. We must do what we can to change this as soon as we can, and HB 3413 can help. This bill is also an critical educational tool – its implementation process will help dispel the widespread and increasing ignorance, misinformation and fear about weight. You will be given expert testimony about these issues today and during the rest of this session – ample evidence of the significant and urgent need for this legislation.

My faiths teach that like the Adam, the first human being, all people are made b’tzelem Elohim – in the image of God -- people of all weights, heights, sizes and shapes. Our infinite diversity of bodies and their changes over our lifetimes are gifts and blessings, meant to be lived and shared with joy and pride. God creates and loves all of us, equally, in body and spirit. And all of us should be equally recognized and protected by the law.

And as much as I speak to you as a person of faith, I also speak as a spouse. My wonderful partner of ten years next month, Julia McCrossin, and I are the same height, and she weighs well over twice what I do; I’ve always been thin, she has always been fat. Julia is a lifelong resident of Maryland and Washington DC, and visited me in Massachusetts several times. After her father passed away, I moved to Maryland to begin living with her, largely so that we could help care for her disabled mother and the family dog.

We are very privileged to live in Maryland, not to mention Montgomery County, for many reasons. Our county, state and neighboring Washington DC have trans-inclusive civil rights laws, and DC’s Human Rights Laws consider height and weight included in “physical appearance”. We are privileged in other ways as well – as much as we and those like us struggle, daily life is far more challenging for those directly facing other intersecting oppressions, such as racism, classism and ableism. At the same time, we worry about moving to and through places where we are legally unprotected, which we often need and want to do. We and so many others need An Act Making Discrimination On The Basis Of Height And Weight Unlawful to pass into law as soon as possible. I pray that this can be another way for my home state to provide social justice leadership to the rest of the country.

My partner and I want to visit Massachusetts together more -- especially to see our family, friends and colleagues there -- and perhaps make a home there one day. And we have much to offer my great state. I want her to have full civil rights wherever she is. I want her to be able to continue to live, work and play better than she has done, contributing even more to our communities than she already has. I want this for all residents of and visitors to Massachusetts. I don’t want anyone to experience discrimination – and yet I know that some will, and I want them to be able to take appropriate action to address it.

I urge you to do everything you can to further this vital and long overdue legislation so that it can be passed into law this legislative session.

Thank you,

Mycroft Holmes
[My home & e-mail addresses]

Saturday, June 15, 2019

10 trans people murdered in 2019 in US - all Black trans women!

Shabbat shalom. Today is the 15th day of LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2019, and Pride Day in our county capital Rockville and in Baltimore -- and yet yesterday the at least TENTH transgender person was murdered in this country in 2019, which was the THIRD just this month. Zoe Spears, 23 -- right here in Maryland, in Prince George’s County’s Fairmount Heights at the DC border -- the same location as Ashanti Carmon* in March, and they knew each other. And ALL TEN are Black trans women.

The other nine stolen sisters are Dana Martin, 31, Montgomery, Alabama, January 6th. Jazzaline Ware, age unknown, Memphis, sometime in March. *Ashanti Carmon, 27 -- again, like Zoe, who she knew, here in Maryland, in Prince George’s County’s Fairmount Heights at the DC border, March 30th. Claire Legato, 21, Cleveland, shot April 15th and died May 14th. Muhlaysia Booker, 23, Dallas, May 18th -- having survived a transphobic attack by a group on April 12th. Michelle ‘Tamika’ Washington, 40, Philadelphia, May 19th. Paris Cameron, 20, Detroit, May 25th -- Alunte Davis, 21, and Timothy Blancher, 20, both Black gay men, were also killed, and two other people were injured. Chynal Lindsey, 26, Dallas, June 1st. Chanel Scurlock, 23, Lumberton, North Carolina, June 6th.

Johana ‘Joa’ Medina, 25, a Latinx trans woman from El Salvador, also died on June 1st, in El Paso, Texas -- just hours after being released from ICE custody. Layleen Polanco, an Afro-Latinx trans woman, was found dead in her cell at Rikers (Island Jail, in New York City) on June 7th.

The photo collage at the bottom of this post shows Dana, Ashanti, Claire, Muhlaysia, Michelle, Paris, Chynal, Chanel and Zoe -- I am not finding a photo of Jazzaline yet (and I used Pixlr's Express).

Last year in 2018, more than 30 trans people were murdered here in the US, and well over 300 others elsewhere in our world -- and there have already been dozens of murders in other countries this year. And the great majority of our stolen siblings here are Black, women, and young -- elsewhere, the majority are Latinx trans women and transfeminine people. Too, very little attention is given to the murders, assaults and disappearances of Native / Indigenous people -- especially girls, women, and/or Two Spirit people.

We also continue to lose many siblings to suicide -- the attempt rate in our community is over 40%. And there continue to be unreported trans deaths, reported deaths where the victim is not identified as trans, non-fatal assaults and much more. Trans people are not included in even basic civil rights laws in most states, and several states have anti-trans legislation in process -- in addition to the Trump administration’s attempts to undo trans rights progress on a national level.

And while I say here on my blog or on social media 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, this past Wednesday June 12th was the 3rd anniversary of the mass shooting at the Pulse LGBTQ+ nightclub in Orlando, on Latinx Night, which took the lives of 49 people, most of them LGBTQ+, Latinx and young.

May all of my trans sisters, brothers and other siblings’ memories be blessings (as we say in Judaism) -- and call us to act, particularly at trans justice’s intersection with racial, immigration and economic justice! This month and every month, may we schlep towards tikkun olam, world repair, at the intersection of LGBTQ+, climate, racial, immigration, spiritual, fat, disability, and all other stripes of the rainbow of justice! May we never forget that white supremacy has always included cis supremacy, misogyny and transphobia! Amen!

#Pride2019 #PrideMonth2019 #TDOR #TDOR2019 #TransDayOfRemembrance #DanaMartin #JazzalineWare #AshantiCarmon #ClaireLegato #MuhlaysiaBooker #MichelleWashington #ParisCameron #ChynalLindsey #ChanelScurlock #ZoeSpears #JohanaMedina #LayleenPolanco #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter #LatinxLivesMatter #LatinxTransLivesMatter #NativeLivesMatter #TwoSpiritLivesMatter #TransLivesMatter