With the cancellation of the Unity Banquet, HTUC is presenting a series of events to raise funds for scholarships and other HTUC functions. We also hope that via Zoom we can provide some of the socializing benefits that we experience at the Unity Banquet.
The “Queen of Cups” is a new independent feature film by Sharon Ferranti.
Join us for a screening of this unique new film, The Queen of Cups, by Sharon Ferranti. This film is not available in any public venue or streaming service. Proceeds from this event will benefit HTUC and TFA. It’s a zoom meeting, so participants will be able to mingle and say hello to each other and participate in a Q&A after the screening with the director!
Friday September 18 @ 7:30 PM Tickets: $10.00
Sunday September 20 @ 11:30 AM Tickets: “PAY WHAT YOU WISH” with a suggested price of $10.00.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling the 2020 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet. This was a very difficult decision but we felt that the safety of our community needed to be our top priority.
In making this decision, we held discussions with local health officials, our host hotel, and political leaders. As you know, the Unity Banquet is a large social gathering where we celebrate the transgender community.
No member of TFA or the HTUC leadership feels that the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 will be contained enough by September 2020 to conclude that it will be safe for people to gather.
We will be able to offer some scholarships and small grants in 2020 and 2021 even without holding the Unity Banquet and will do some additional fundraising for scholarships and small grants late this year.
That said, we have already begun our planning for the 2021 Unity Banquet and expect it to be our biggest and most successful banquet yet.
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