We are excited to announce that activist, actress, international model and performer Carmen Carrera will be a featured speaker at the 2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet!
Carmen is a strong advocate for many causes, including Human Rights, HIV Prevention, and Discrimination against Transgender Women.
As a famous transgender model, actress, performer and activist who received her start with RuPaul’s Drag Race. This past winter, Carmen partnered with Christina Aguilera performing at Radio City Music Hall and hosted events at the Sundance Film Festival for AT&T and at NYC Fashion Week for Fashion News Live on Amazon Prime. In April, she spoke at the Iowa Safe Schools Governor’s Conference, which is the largest LGBTQ Youth Conference in the country and in May, was the special celebrity host for the Equality California Awards in San Francisco. This summer be on the lookout for her on the cover of Spirit Magazine.
Carmen is a featured model, including working with PUMA and has walked shows at New York City Fashion Week and Miami Swim Week. Carmen was the first transgender model to ever walk at Miami Swim Week. In a very special project “Show Girl”, Carmen was photographed by the legendary Steven Meisel for a spread in W Magazine. She also did a special project with HBO creating Transgender Awareness in Latin America for the show “Outpost” and was the face of the New York City Health Department’s #PlaySure Campaign.
We are pleased to welcome Lana Blake As our MC for 2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet!
Lana has been an Entertainer / Drag impersonator for over 25 years. Lana has performed all over Texas and held several titles including Miss Houston USofA, Miss Southwest Continental and Miss Texas USofA Classic 2015.
We are excited to announce that Cassandro will speaking at the 2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet!
World-renowned wrestler and winner of several world titles, Cassandro has toured the world for nearly three decades , but had his start on the U.S/Mexico border. Cassandro was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, but spent much of his time across the border in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua. At the age of fifteen, Cassandro began training lucha libre in Juárez.
Cassandro has been a circuit speaker on a wide variety of topics including discrimination, spirituality, overcoming adversity, and LGBTQ issues. He has presented his story at high schools, universities, conventions, TED Talk, and other venues. Whether in front of a classroom of 20 students or on stage in front of 8,000 attendees, Cassandro has a way of relating to his audience regardless of their walk of life.
We are excited to announce that Vica Papp will be returning to Houston to speak at the 2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet!
Vica is a forensic speech scientist specializing in mining speaker characteristics and biometrics from large data bases with a background in forensic text linguistics, as well as in theoretical and applied linguistics and is currently a Forensic Speech Science Lecturer at University of Canterbury New Zealand.
Vica spent a lot of time working with the Houston transgender community while pursuing a PHD at Rice.
While in Houston the week following the banquet Vica will be offering group and individual voice classes for those one wishing to masculinize or feminize their voice and speech. The classes will be September 22 – Sept 27.
State Representative Jon Rosenthal to open the 2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet!
The Houston Transgender Unity Committee (HTUC) is pleased to announce that District 135 State Representative Jon Rosenthal will deliver opening remarks for this year’s banquet.
Jon is a strong ally to the LGBTQ+ community and is a champion for improving public education in Texas. After completing a very successful freshman year in the Texas Legislature where his engineering background allowed him to provide a science and fact based perspective discussions about legislation Jon was named Freshman of the Year by the Legislative Study Group (LSG) Caucus.
Transgender Disaster Relief Fund to Assist Furloughed Federal
Affected LGBTQI and allies are encouraged to apply
Houston— January 11, 2019— Today
the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) announced that the Transgender
Disaster Relief Fund (TDRFund.us) would accept applications for assistance from
LGBTQI and allied federal workers whose lives were thrown into chaos due to
President Trump’s 2018-2019 partial shutdown of the government. Alexis Melvin,
President of TFA said, “Many LGBTQI individuals and our allies are effected by
the partial government shutdown. The sudden loss of income through no fault of
their own can create very difficult situations and TDRFund.us will provide
whatever support we can to these individuals.”
About the Transgender Disaster Relief Fund
Trans Disaster Relief is a project TFA, a 501c3 public charity, and was
initially set up as a response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Since Hurricane
Harvey numerous other disasters, ranging from other hurricanes to earthquakes
and wildfires, have been added to the TDRFund.us support list.
Cristan Williams, a co-founder of the
Transgender Disaster Relief Fund said, “We’ve
made the application extremely simple and straightforward. We want the affected
community to know that we stand with them in their time of need.” To apply for assistance or
make a donation, individuals should go to the TDRFund.us website.
in 1998, the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA) is a Houston-based
grassroots 501c3 public charity and exists to improve the lives of transgender
people. TFA facilitates numerous trans support groups and community events such
as the Unity Banquet, now in its 26th year. Additionally, it maintains the
Transgender Archive and provides annual scholarships to trans-supportive
academics, represents transgender and intersex health concerns with health
departments across the nation, trains organizations, companies, and schools
throughout the nation and pioneered trans and intersex homeless, social, and
We are kicking off fundraising to support the Houston Queer Voices Radio Show and to raise money for TG Archive Acquisitions!
Queer Voices has been the reliable voice of the Houston GLBT community for many years. Currently Queer Voices can be heard every Monday evening on Pacifica Radio’s Houston station KPFT. For some time Pacifica Radio’s financial situation has been difficult. This has left Queer Voices in a situation where they may need to make alternative production and broadcast arrangements on very short notice. The purpose of Our “Friends of Queer Voices” fund will raise money to support the Houston Queer Voices radio show by assuring that there is money available to support this move should it happen and provide other funding to Queer Voices as appropriate.
The second fund we are kicking off is the TG Archive Acquisition fund. Currently when we find something that we would like to acquire for the Transgender Archives, we do semi-panic fundraising and hope we can raise the funds before someone else acquires the item. This fund is to give us a head start on the fund raising so we can improve our acquisition success.
The Friends of Queer Voices fund and the TG Archives Acquisition fund are projects of the Transgender Foundation of America (TFA). TFA is a 501(c)3 public charity located in Houston, Texas. 10% of funds raised for projects go to TFA’s unrestricted account to cover support group space rental and general expenses. All other monies raised directly support the purpose of the fund. For the Friends of Queer Voices fund it is possible that the time will come when the producers of Queer Voices may decide that these backup funds are no longer necessary. If that occurs 50% of the fund balance will be donated to one or more 501(c)3s chosen by Queer Voices and the remaining 50% will be donated to the TG Archive Acquisition fund.