The Harris County Commissioners Court has officially appointed two additional at-large positions to the newly formed LGBTQIA+ Commission.
The Commission was established in June 2023 to develop goals and coordinate research for recommended planning, programming, and action relating to the progression and protection of rights for the LGBTQIA+ community in Harris County.
On December 19, Commissioners Court officially appointed Meghan Fairbanks and Diamond Stylz to the Commission.
Meghan discovered a passion for advocacy and activism in 2021 in response to the anti LGBTQ+ legislation. Since then, she has continued to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and other social justice causes. In 2022, Meghan founded Trans & Gender Queer Houston to provide transgender and gender non-conforming folks a place to socialize and network outside of the traditional support group environment. She is also currently a board member of the Transgender Foundation of America and maintains memberships with the LGBTQ+ Caucus and the ACLU. Additionally, she is a graduate of Equality Texas’s Equality Leaders program.
She has been the recipient of the Horizon Award from the Houston Transgender Unity Committee in 2022, the Monica Roberts Transgender Activist of the Year award from Equality Texas in 2023, and named Most Valuable Female Trans Community Volunteer by OutSmart magazine in 2023.
Diamond Stylz has been one of the long-standing voices of the millennial black trans community. She started her activism at 17 when she won a First Amendment rights lawsuit against the Indianapolis Public School system in 1999, a victory that allows her to go to the prom in a gender-affirming gown instead of a tuxedo.
At 19, she was the first openly trans woman to attend the legendary HBCU Jackson State University where she honed her passion for activism and education. Currently, Diamond is the Executive Director of Black Trans Women Inc, a national non-profit that is led by Black trans women focused on social advocacy, positive visibility, and building strong leadership among Black trans advocates, activists, and our allies.
Diamond is the host and producer of the award-winning podcast Marsha's Plate, a weekly exploration of politics and pop culture from a trans-pro-black feminist lens that has garnered over 1 million streams.