HTUC is pleased to announce that stef m. shuster will be a featured speaker at the 2022 Unity Banquet, September 24, 2022!
stef m. shuster is an assistant professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Their current research in gender, medicine, and feminist science studies considers how expertise and evidence is constructed, mobilized, and weaponized, which is the subject of their book, Trans Medicine: The Emergence and Practice of Treating Gender (NYU Press).
In Trans Medicine, shuster traces the development of this medical field from the 1950s to modern medicine to show how providers create and use scientific and medical evidence to quell uncertainty, “treat” a gender identity, and uphold their authority.
HTUC is pleased to announce that Representative Ann Johnson will be a featured speaker at the 2022 Unity Banquet, September 24, 2022!
Representative Ann Johnson is a teacher and an attorney working in our criminal justice system for victims of sexual exploitation and those who cannot afford a lawyer. She is also a former chief human trafficking prosecutor. Ann was elected to serve as State Representative for Texas House District 134 in 2020. She was a Texas Monthly Freshman of the Year and Texas House LGBTQ Caucus Freshman of the Year. She passed legislation last year that will improve our health care system, crack down on the most violent offenders, help human trafficking victims, and reform our criminal justice system.
Ann is a strong voice for LGBTQ+ rights in the Texas House of Representatives.
HTUC is pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Gonzalez will be a featured speaker at the 2022 Unity Banquet, September 24, 2022!
María C. González is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston and with expertise in American literature, Mexican-American novelists, Chicanx writers, and Feminist and Queer Theory. Gonzalez is the author of Contemporary Mexican American Women Novelists: Toward a Feminist Identity. Currently completing a book on the influence of Chicana lesbian writers and queer theory in Chicanx literary studies, she is the co-editor of Voices Breaking Boundaries’ three volume series collection of transnational art and essays, Borderlines. Past president of the National Women’s Studies Association and current chair of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, she has served on the editorial boards of the NWSA Journal, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, NACCS Annual Proceedings, and Chicana/Latina Studies Journal. A Faculty Affiliate with the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and one of the founders of the GLBT Studies Minor and the LGBT Resource Center at the University of Houston, she has served on the Faculty Senate as chair of the following committees: Educational Policies and Student Affairs, Budget and Facilities, and Faculty Affairs. A political activist and past president, vice-president, screening chair, and board member of the Houston LGBTQ+ Political Caucus, Gonzalez is the treasurer of Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Scholars. Gonzalez is also a civic activist and has served as a Precinct Chair for the Harris County Democratic Party and a Presiding Precinct Judge in her neighborhood precinct.
At the Houston Transgender Unity Committee board meeting on August 25, 2021; we made the decision to cancel the 2021 Houston Transgender Unity Banquet.
This decision was made to assure the safety of all of our participates to the greatest extent possible during the current COVID – 19 surge.
We are disappointed that we will not get to see everyone this year. As soon as we have a firm date for the 2022 banquet, we will publish it here.
Because of the success of previous Unity Banquets, we have been able to continue our Scholarship and Small Grants program even though we had to cancel the 2020 Unity Banquet. With the cancelation of the 2021 Unity Banquet, we will be doing additional fundraising to allow us to continue these programs.