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JANUARY 2016 . VOL 38 / NO. 1 . A Publication of the PCSO

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Copy Editor - Ann Malcolm
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that fountain of eternal youth), I often find wanted to change the channel on the TV he year. My thing was always to try to make them
myself speaking about a time that the elders said, “Hey RC... get over there and put that on laugh and then I’d make friends. Looking
in my family used to refer to so often as... “the channel 12.” Now we live in the electronic age back, that is probably what made me develop
good old days.” I have so many fond memories where I can get on my phone in the middle of into the entertainer I am today. Even at my age
of people and experiences that I have been Starbucks and set my TV to record a show that now, one of my favorite sounds is the sound
fortunate enough to have known. It’s funny Iwon’t get home in time to watch. So much for of laughter in response to something I have
how getting a year older can change your being the family remote control. done or said. And I had to learn to laugh at
perspective and make a person start looking There have been so many people who have myself as well. Trust me, when you’re the new
‘ back on what they have and have not done. I come in and out of my life as well. Our family kid and everyone else in class has already had
bring this up because, recently, I have started moved around a lot when I was young, which a few months in that grade to make friends,
putting my “bucket list” together and it is my made me have to change schools several times you sometimes get laughed at. The only thing
goal that in 2016 I will begin to check a few of between kindergarten and my senior year of I found was to laugh with them, which made
them off my list. high school. This made me have to learn to them think it didn’t bother me... but oh, how
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was RC. You might think that it was because I used to feel when I knew I would have to to say was that it was those experiences that
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everyone had an amazing holiday season. caring, and the love are truly something
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successful events and raised much needed provide for over sixty-five children this
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I hope everyone will make every effort do your renewal by contacting myself
to make a difference this year. Looking (email:kenneth.rains4@gmail.com),
back on the past year, it was a roller any other board member of the Imperial
’———'—‘7 coaster of emotions. Many exciting and Court of Kentucky, or by visiting our
l The holidays have always hadaspecial wonderful things happened, with the website at www.imperialcourtkentucky.
iplace in my heart. Spending time with my advancements in the fight for equality, org. Renewals are important; coming in
ifamily and loved ones is always the only but also many horrible incidents, with all March 2016, the “Falsies and Annual
ithing that I need, celebrating our lives, ofthe shootings, hate crimes, and abuse. Elections” will be held, where all voting
,our love for one another, and sharing our Let us keep shining bright and strong. members will help in deciding new board
[memories while creating new ones. This On a final note here, I would like members for our Board of Directors and
!season the Imperial Court has worked to remind everyone that memberships the 35th Monarchs ofthe Imperial Court
lhard alongside the other organizations in were due on or before December 3lst, of Kentucky. Please keep posted on
Elthis community to make sure that others 2015, for renewals. However, if you events and dates from our website or by
imay have those same opportunities. missed the deadline, there will be a following us on Facebook.
1 In December we hosted our annual grace period during January 2016 for , _
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Let me be the first to say that I folks who show up for Pride or who to take the risks and the consequences of
think there is a definite place for allies in “like” something on social media or will being an accomplice to people of color
the world. It is nice to have people who say things like, “I support the LGBTQ and other marginalized identities. Jeff
support and affirm who you are. Allies community.” Some people will adopt the doesn’t limit his accomplice activity to
help shift and change the culture. They ally identity without being deemed an hisjob. He recently wrote on the sidewalk
are very well-meaning people and have ally by the very population they claim to in front of his house “Ask me y I believe
a genuine desire to support marginalized support, which makes me question their #BlackLivesMatter.” That’s the work of
identities. The intention of allies is never intentions. Those, to me, are the most an accomplice. Risk looks very different
to harm or contribute to the oppression. dangerous folks. There isacertain amount for people. It could be the loss of a job,
That’s all well and good, but as a queer of privilege that comes from identifying loss of social connection, or some sort
woman of color married to a Pacific as an ally. You get the warm fuzzies of retaliation for speaking out. Taking
Islander in Kentucky, 1 need more than from supporting someone or an entire on risks means there is a much deeper
an ally. I need accomplices. I need community that is “different.” You get to connection between you and the identities
people to take some risks. 1 need people support without fear of consequences or you are advocating for.
with the most access to power through retaliation. You get to be your awesome Now before the allies reading this get
privilege to use it in a way that advocates benevolent self without the risk! inside their feelings, let me be clear.
for people like me. Or for trans women An accomplice, however, recognizes There is enough work for all of us. Those
of color. Or for Muslim LGBTQ people. the risk and welcomes it. I met awhite guy of us who are, on a daily basis, trying to
Or immigrants trying to make a better over the summer who, for me, epitomizes survive, are exhausted and we need allies
life for themselves and their families. an accomplice. Jeff (not his real name) and accomplices. But the way I see it is,
Accomplice is defined as a person who spoke ofthe times he has been written up accomplice is the evolution of the ally
helps another person commit a crime. and had his career threatened because he identity. lfyou identify as an ally, are you
When you are battling against systems speaks truth in spaces where his privilege willing to put yourselfon the line and take
of injustice built on the backs of the grants him access to everything. He some risks to be an accomplice? That’s a
oppressed, some will View your action as recalled an instance where he was an question that only you can answer.
criminal. To those in power, any attempt accomplice and wound up with an HR
to dismantle their stranglehold on power issue that resulted in some unflattering Follow me @ctshim7l
is a criminal act. information being placed in his file.
For me, allies are sometimes those Imagine that! Awhite man who is willing a

 Trans KY ADVOCATE . ’
by Tuesday G Meadows /
2015 Year End Review for the Transgender Community
“But I’ll just keep on rollin’ along with the grace from the Lord above.”
Heart Breaker, Led Zeppelin

Elie transgender community, 2015 was a I Am Jazz, with teen Jazz Jennings. non-acceptance, suicide in the transgender
bag of mixed blessings and emotions. Certainly community has remained front and center all year,
the trans community as awhole had more visibility Caitlyn Jenner: ltwouldbehard nottotalkabout since young Leelah Alcom took her own life at
than ever before. The marriage equality ruling by the year in review for the transgender community the end of 2014. She brought a lot of attention to
the Supreme Court helped the whole LGBTQ+ without specifically mentioning her. In addition the dangers of so called “conversion therapy.” Her
population, including the “T.” Unfortunately, there to reality TV, she was also named the Glamour dying words ask us to “Fix Society.”
was also a lot of pushback, both nationally and “Woman of the Year” and the winner of the ESPY
locally, against those gains. So, my take on the “Arthur Ashe Courage Award;” she brought lots of Politics: Unfortunately, fixing society is a slow
highlights: attention to the transgender experience. She is no process. In the political realm, it was “restrooms,

doubt, good or bad, the most visible transgender restrooms, and more restrooms,” according to

Entertainment: Jeffery Tambor won an woman to date. conservative politicians. Six states had proposed
Emmy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of “Bathroom Bills” to discriminate against
a transgender woman on the hit show Transparent, Religion: The Southern Baptist Convention transgender individuals. One of these “strawman”
and the show itself won the Golden Globe for re-afl‘irmed their anti-transgender stance, and attacks came right here in Kentucky as a bill was
best TV series. Several movies had transgender held a symposium in Louisville this year entitled introduced in our senate to offeramonetary bounty
characters as their main focus, including the movies “Transgender Confiision and Transformational for citizens tattling on transgender individuals using
About Ray and The Danish Girl. However, they Christianity.”lguess that whole“lovethy neighbor” the restroom of their true identity.
continue to use predominantly non-trans actors business must notbe a priority anymore.
to play trans characters. On the other hand, there Violence: There have been a record number of
is Oscar buzz about Mya Taylor being the first Suicide: Closely related to religion and family reportedmurdersoftransgenderindividualsin2015;
transgender actress to get an Oscar nomination for the last reported figure was 24 year-to—date. Most of
her work this year in the film Tangerine. Caitlyn these murders were of transgender women of color.
Jenner’s show I am Cait created the most buzz, Reports say that while violence has increased for
but television had other reality shows centered on transgender individuals as well, law enforcement
the transgender experience with real transgender continues to actively refuse to categorize these as
people, like Becoming Us and my favorite of these, Continued On Next Page

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hate crimes. According to The National Coalition been some inspirational moments. In Lexington, hopeful that we will get the Gender Advocates
of Anti-Wolence Programs, LGBTQ hate crimes we had two nationally renowned transgender of Kentucky (GA OK) advocacy group up and
have been down across the board, but there has “j
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fastest-growing group to be diagnosed with HIV. Marisa Richmond
speakers come to UK; both Kristin Beck and running.
Personally, I have had many Ups and downs in Marisa Richmond gave talks that were captivating. You may write me at Tmeadow3828@gmail.
2015. I will always remember 2015 as the year I was also fortunate enough to have participated in com or follow me on Twitter Tuesday Meadows @
that I lost the great love of my life when my wife the TEDX Talks at UK with my “What if we could trishgigi. Now Tuesday is gone with the wind.
succumbed to cancer. However, there have also pick our own gender” talk. Looking forward, I am y .
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as the gyms become crowded with people aweek for 45 minutes. your goal afterwards. It’s just like the
trying to bring in the new year with weight - Change one thing at a time. Try giving saying, “If you fall oilC the horse, you get
loss. Interestingly enough, the crowd itself up unhealthy habits and adding healthy back on and try again.”
doesn’t bother me; in fact, it energizes me. ones one week atatime. An example may - Have a support system. Make sure you
What does bother me, though, is knowing that include cutting down on sugary drinks let the people who surround you know
after a month, over halfthe people in that gym and instead drinking six glasses of water about your goals and ask them to hold you
will disappear. With this in mind, I wanted to a day. Then the next week, in addition to accountable. By having a support system,
write an article that teaches people how to set water consumption, add something else, it can make your goals that much more
goals that they can keep. like eating out only once a week. attainable.

- Start small. It is ok to have agoal oflosing - Accept minor setbacks. Part of change is By using these tips, you can change a New
weight, but have smaller, more precise that sometimes we have a slip-up. Most Year’s Resolution into aNew Year’s reality!
goals to make this change. An example people let this end their goal. By accepting 0
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LGBTQ community, both nationally and teen Leelah Alcorn, Lexington held a “Fix Poston as its first director. Also, Lexington {
locally. Arguably, the most historic event Society Rally: For Leelah’s Law” that called GSA held their annual Pride Prom for LGBTQ
occurred on June 26, 2015, when the Supreme both for more transgender—inclusion and youth, with over 65 youth in attendance!
Court of the United States handed down the making so—called “conversion therapy” illegal.
long—awaited ruling on marriage equality. Several speakers, including the President of Iune: CompanyQ presented an original play
Same-sex marriage became legal across the the University of Kentucky, Eli Capilouto, named Ripples, which deals with teen suicide.
land all at once! Of course, as with all silver addressed the audience of over 300 supporters, Also, the Imperial Court of Kentucky held
linings, there have to be a few dark Clouds. One making history as the first public university their annual coronation, in which Kali Dupree
of the biggest dark clouds in the entire United president to address a transgender—centered was named Empress XXXIV. The night before
1 States shadowed Kentucky, as Rowan County event. Although much work is left to be done Pride, Lexington Fairness held their eighth
clerk Kim Davis publicly announced that, in on this issue, both nationally and at home, late annual Fairness Awards, and Lexington drag
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April: A] Allen Montrese and Phoxee
. Festival had a record and very enthusiastic
January: The Kentucky State Senate Esparanla ROXX were crowned Mr. and MISS crowd estimated at over 25,000. At the festival,
approved a bill that offered a $2,500 reward Lexington Pride. Also in April, Lexington held the Gay and Lesbian Service organization
for reporting a transgender individual using its annual Take Back The Night march to (GLSO) announced that it was officially
what they deemed “the wrong bathroom.” This raise a unified community voice with survivors . . . .
. changing Its name to the Pride Community
was later called “the bathroom bully bill” by ofv1olence. Services Organization (PCSO): The day after
LGBTQ activists. Thankfully, it died when the ' . the festival, Bluegrass Black Pride hosted
Democrat—controlled House refused to vote May: The Un1ver51ty ofKentucky created the Ebony Wellness, a panel discussion focusing
on the bill. Office of LGBTQ” Resources, which replaced Continued On N ext Page

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was made possible through a grant from is very supportive andavery good community
the wellbeing of black LGBTQ individuals.
IustFunde. A week later, IustFunde for LGBTQ individuals to live.
presented the Kentucky premier of the movie As we move forward into 2016 and beyond,
Iuly: After the marriage equality ruling, a
Pride at the Kentucky Theater. Later in the there is still morewe need to cometogetherand
group of interfaith churches held a program,
month, the Senior Pride Initiative held its fight asacommunity. Nationally, several states
“Draw The Circle Wide,” where same
annual conference on healthcare for senior suchas Indiana, passedbillsliketheirReligious
sex—couples’ unions were blessed. Also, the
LGBTQ individuals and had competency Freedom Restoration Acts which made it legal
Kentucky Department for Public Health and
training as well. for businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ
Heartland CARES presented a program for
individuals. Later, after a backlash, Indiana
: prevention education and direct delivery of
f November: Bluegrass Black Pride hosted amended their Act. In Houston, the 4th largest
services to people living with HIV/AIDS.
1 their second annual honors banquet. With city in the U.S., the