Activist Fiona Dawson — Ian Haddock and the Normal Anomaly — Transgender Unity Banquet
We speak with activist Fiona Dawson about her work in the community, her movie “Transmilitary”, her new book “Are Bisexuals Just Greedy?”, and her podcast “Now with Fiona”. We catch up all things Fiona and her what she has planned next.
Guest: Fiona Dawson
We speak with Ian Haddock founder of the Normal Anomaly. The Normal Anomaly Initiative began in 2016 in Houston as a blog to tell the stories of people at the margins. Throughout the span of 3 years, the Founder, Ian L. Haddock, had the organization working with Huffington Post, Unites States Conference on HIV/ AIDS (USCHA) and Prime Video. As the platform grew, the Founder had amassed a team of nontraditional activists that began to expand the trajectory in which the group was going.
Guest: Ian Haddock
Finally we speak with Alexis Melvin about the upcoming Transgender Unity Banquet. The Houston Transgender Unity Banquet was originally established by Peggy Rudd of Tau Chi (Tri-Ess), with assistance from Rene Fenner of the Gulf Coast Transgender Community as a social gathering. Their intention was to bring the two groups together to find common ground, with the understanding that sponsorship of the Unity Banquet would switch between groups from year to year. The first Unity Banquet was held in April, 1992 at Dante’s Restaurant. The Unity Banquet has been held every year since 1992 except 2020 when it was canceled due to the COVID pandemic.
Over the years, the banquet continued to grow to include the other transgender groups in the Houston area. At this point, the Houston Transgender Unity Banquet is one of the largest single-night transgender events in the nation. Since 2005, proceeds from tickets sales have benefited the Peggy Rudd Transgender Scholarship Fund, which provides financial support for trans-identified and other LGBTQI+ students pursuing higher education.
The 2022 Banquet will be Saturday September 24, 2022. Doors Open at 6:30pm
DoubleTree by Hilton
Houston Intercontinental Airport
15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd.