2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet

Vica PappWe 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.

If you are interested in the voice training sessions, click here to send us an email message and we will notify you as soon as the schedules are finalized.

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2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet speakers are made possible in part by a grant from the John Stephen Kellett Foundation.

2019 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet

Jon RosenthalState 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.

2018 Uhoston Transgender Unity BanquetJon 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

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Come celebrate Pride with TFA & HTUC

​Summer of 69 is this years theme for Pride Houston. Houston Transgender Unity Committee will walk in Pride and Transgender Foundation of America will display the Transgender Archives in the History Tent during the festival. May we celebrate all the victories and keep moving forward! ​

The following events are best watched through these public Face Book invites. That allows us to let you know of any changes through the events. ​


TDRFund.us will provide financial assistance to qualified LGBTQI individuals and allies who are effected by the partial government shutdown

For Immediate Release

January 11, 2019

Transgender Disaster Relief Fund to Assist Furloughed Federal Workers

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

The 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.

 About TFA

Organized 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 medical services.


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Day of Remeberance (TDOR)

Day of Remembrance… we wish we didn’t have to have this.

In Houston if you are local you are invited to honor the names of those lost with us in  person. Click here for the invite. 

If you are not able to make it in but would like to honor the names of our siblings lost in hate due to being Transgender here.  

Wondering who has their finger on transgender news? Click here to find community reporting, the latest pod cast episode, and open enrollment. 

Above all we know the holidays can be filled with many lows so please take care! If you want to text or talk for any reason the Trevor Project is always available. 

Welcome Shane Whalley 2018 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet Speaker


Shane Whalley, LMSW, is a social justice educator and consultant. Ze is the owner of Daring Dialogues Consulting, that offers consultation and workshops on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities, as well as on sexism, on the concepts of power, privilege and oppression, and cultural humility. Shane received hir’s Master’s degree in Social Work at UT and is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW). Shane has been an Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Social Work since 2003 and has taught classes on LGBTQIA identities, social justice frameworks, and introductory classes to the field of Social Work.  Shane is the 2017 Alum of the Year for the UT School of Social Work and the 2011 recipient of Texas Exes Teaching Excellence award. This year ze spoke on a panel at SXSW Interactive called, “How Gender Fluidity Recasts Brand Engagement.”  Shane was the Education Coordinator for the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT for seven years and has worked as a psychotherapist in several non-profits in Austin, working mostly with LGBTQIA clients.  Most importantly, in 1994 Shane went to a talk by Leslie Feinberg and hir life was changed forever!

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Welcome Trudie Jackson 2018 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet Speaker

Trudie Jackson a member of the Navajo Nation and identifies as a 5th gender person.  Her clans are Bitterwater and Folded Arms People, then the Mexican People and Yucca Strung Out In A Line.  Originally from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona, but currently reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She is a 2nd year doctoral student at the University of New Mexico in American Studies with researching focusing on American Indian Transgender Women in Urban Areas.
Trudie has been a community activist and social justice advocate by standing up for communities of color inclusion in spaces often occupied by non-person of color including American Indians.  She founded the Southwest American Indian Rainbow Gatheirng, which is currently in its 8th year in Phoenix, Arizona that addresses health disparities of American Indians that identify as Two Spirit (SLGBTQ).  Her tireless advocacy lead to receiving the Marty Prairie Red Ribbon Award from the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center in 2008 for her strong voice, action, and leadership in tribal (urban/rural) communities.  In 2017, she was awarded the Equality Arizona Skip Schrader Spirit of Activism Award at the It Gets Better Conference in Tucson, Arizona.  Since relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is a Board member for the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico.  Recently presented at TPATH in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2017 by sharing her experience of utilizing the Indian Health Service as an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe of the US.
Trudie’s educational journey would not have been possible without the financial assistance from the Phoenix Pride Scholarship, Udall Foundation Scholar in 2011, American Indian Services, Office of Navajo Nation Student Financial Assistance (ONNSFA), and Teec Nos Pos Student Chapter Financial Assistance.  She is a four time POINT Foundation Semifinalist and continues to apply to one day become a POINT Scholar.
Trudie’s journey as an American Indian transgender women by walking in Two Worlds has been challenging, but has always followed her motto:  determination, motivation, perseverance, and resilience.
Trudie is a candidate in the Navajo Nation Presidential election as the first Navajo transgender women running for the highest office of the Navajo Nation.   She has continued to break down barriers by being an inspiration to all transgender people.
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