Welcome Shane Whalley as one of our 2018 Speakers!

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 as one of our 2018 Speakers!

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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Are YOU ready for the 2018 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet?

                We are excited to announce this years emcee 

                              Tatiana Mala-Nina

                        Can't wait till then? We understand!

              Check her out around town doing what she does best.

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Join HTUC for Pride

​Each year we have THREE ways to have fun at Pride:

*Building the float: We will have tools, decorations, and water. The more helpful hands having fun the better!
*Walking in Pride: You will have to be there by set up time...location TBD

*TFAHouston will be displaying our archive in the History tent volunteer here

Bunnies On the Bayou 39

From Glitter Beards to Bunny Ears the 39th year was hoppin!

To learn more about the great work of Bunnies check here! 

Welcome Back Fiona!

​Houston we are EXCITED to have Fiona Dawson speaking at our 25th Houston Transgender Unity Banquet! Houston was her home for 11 years and now we will get to catch up on what she has been up to! 

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​Here's a start:​

Fiona Dawson is director of the Emmy®-nominated New York Times short film "Transgender, at War and in Love," co-director and producer of the forth-coming feature documentary, "TransMilitary" and an LGBTQ advocate. In 2015 Fiona was honored by The White House as an "LGBT Artist Champion of Change" and was Houston's Female Grand Marshal for the 2009 LGBT Pride Parade. She has served on the National Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the Board of Directors for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). Fiona started the TransMilitary project in 2012 order to advocate for change through media.

Looking forward to celebrating 25 years with YOU!

~Houston Transgender Unity Committee~

Date Change!

​We are please to announce that we were able to move the
      25th Houston Transgender Unity Banquet to: 
               November 4, 2017. 
We hope this offers everyone more time post Harvey to manage their needs. We look forward to celebreating with you soon! If you need to make any adustments please email us through the site we'll be there to support! 

-HTUC Board-

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Introducing Kevin Anderson!!

Our emcee for the 25th Houston Transgender Unity Banquet!

Kevin D. Anderson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc., an educational and community mobilization platform that utilizes social art to promote mental, emotional and sexual health.
In 2009, Kevin launched heART&SOUL, a monthly non-discriminatory arts showcase for all art forms. This merged arts space has featured spoken word, dance, visual art, singing and acting. Inspired by heART&SOUL, Kevin sought out to create a space for LGBTQ artist and allies to address their personal issue by utilizing the arts in hopes of allowing others to connect and heal through their displayed art.
Launched in March 2011, The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc. has become known for raising community awareness about resources that address LGBTQ communities and their allies.
Since its launch, The T.R.U.T.H. Project has had the opportunity to align with Grammy Award winning artist Chrisette Michelle and Marsha Ambrosius for a special World AIDS Day installment created to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS stigma and HIV testing. The T.R.U.T.H. Project’s greatest impact has been facilitated with local and national artist at its quarterly installments focused on various art forms and concentrated messages.
In 2015, Kevin announced that The T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc. was awarded 501(c) 3 non profit tax exemption status for the federal government, allowing for further growth and program expansion. During this time Kevin launched the use of community discussion to bring community members face to face with professional resources to discuss issues that directly affect day to day living, ex. abuse, discrimination, HIV/AIDS, value, self esteem, etc.
Kevin brings an inside-out approach to art utilization towards healing because he believes in personal transformation and social transformations are interdependent. He has worked on the front line in the field of HIV and other health disparities and recognizes the need to continue to foster a space for healing, personal transformation and social change.
Currently Kevin holds a position as a Prevention and Support Service Manager at a AIDS service organization and often fosters motivation and sparks creativity to find ways to remain innovative when working directly within communities in need.

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The 25th Anniversary!

September 16th can not come fast enough!
We are ready to spend a wonderful night with you and yours!
Delicious food, awards, speakers, and dancing!
Purchase your tickets soon as we have sold out the last few years.