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In Conversation with Trans Author Renee James: The Sequel (Literally!)

In Conversation with Trans Author Renee James: The Sequel (Literally!)

Mitch Kellaway

In the first part of this interview with trans writer Renee James, she and I discussed the heroine of her debut crime novel, Transition to Murder (2014). Bobbi is a talented transgender Chicago hairdresser who begins investigating the case of...

In Remembrance: Finding Trans Language Through Leslie Feinberg

In Remembrance: Finding Trans Language Through Leslie Feinberg

Mitch Kellaway

This essay is a modified & condensed version reprinted with permission from (working title) Man the Yards, which will be published by the Magnus imprint of Riverdale Avenue Books in 2015. Rest in power, Les (1949 - 2014).   My mind has returned often to...

Show Me The SELFIE! And The Self Portrait.

Show Me The SELFIE! And The Self Portrait.

Amos Mac

It's that time again! We're in the process of curating the 15th print issue of Original Plumbing. Wow, 15 issues old already! I guess it's suitable that we make the SELFIE issue a reality since, in human years, our magazine is that age. There's...

Exclusive Video Premiere: Quay Dash - "Ain't Gon' Stop It / BKLYN"

Exclusive Video Premiere: Quay Dash - "Ain't Gon' Stop It / BKLYN"

Original Plumbing

By Will Brower   Bronx rapper Quay Dash is back with the premiere of her first music video for songs “Ain’t Gon Stop It” and “BKLYN.” Filmed over the course of late summer and fall of 2014, the video offers a look into the life of Cunt Mafia’s youngest...

Trans Time: International Trans Exhibition

Trans Time: International Trans Exhibition

Original Plumbing

Curator Ianna Book, in collaboration with Virginie Jourdain and Marie-Claude G. Olivier, will launch the first international trans artist show in Montreal tonight at GALERIE L’ESPACE CRÉATIF. Featuring trans artists from around the world, this incredible show is not to be...

It's Zine Tent Time!

It's Zine Tent Time!

Amos Mac

This will be Original Plumbing's 5th year in attendance at the annual New York Art Book Fair. Find us in the Zine Tent, surrounded by some of the best international queer zines and magazines around.   Printed Matter presents the ninth annual NY...

$HOW TRANS: Elliott DeLine On His Soon-to-be-Released Book

$HOW TRANS: Elliott DeLine On His Soon-to-be-Released Book

Elliott DeLine

Trans author Elliott DeLine's latest book, $how Trans, is a nonfiction novel about sex addiction, sex work, navigating the MSM scene, a trip West, dissociative identity disorder, and the struggle to find love, connection, and self-actualization as a non-binary trans person.    What...

7 New Trans Films You Absolutely Must See

7 New Trans Films You Absolutely Must See

Ewan Duarte

We're finally hitting a stride in the world of trans cinema, and the film community is taking note! Here are my top seven trans-centric feature films that are a must-see. Keep your eyes peeled for these titles if you haven't...

Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry

Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry

Mitch Kellaway

"Most of the new North American poets I've liked lately share a surface difficulty: they tease or demand or frustrate; they're hard or impossible to paraphrase; and they try not to tell stories." -- Stephen Burt, Close Calls with Nonsense   It’s seemed to...

The Basics

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2014 Blogging Round Up

2014 Blogging Round Up

Amos Mac

Different from our past "top blog posts of the year" lists we've made, these ten posts from Original Plumbing represent a mixture of things from 2014. Consisting of a partial round up of the most shared, mixed with highest ranking...

Shaped By The Selfie

Shaped By The Selfie

Original Plumbing

 by justin adkins   Our sense of the world is now ruled and shaped by photographed images.  - Susan Sontag   As a teenager, I started taking selfies. There was not a word for what I was doing, and there wasn’t really a word...

Give Guide: 10 Ways To Donate

Give Guide: 10 Ways To Donate

Amos Mac

Are you feeling bored and joyless when faced with spending money on items that will probably be regifted? Tired of the same old autopilot shopping process you tell yourself you have to take part in each year? Unsure of what...

BROTHERS – Episode 6

BROTHERS – Episode 6

Amos Mac

The time is now! Episode 6 of BROTHERS, the Brooklyn web series of trans masculine experience, has arrived. We won't share any spoilers, but we will tell you that this episode features music by everyone's favorite YouTube king Skylar Kergil and has...

Breaking Out

Breaking Out

Original Plumbing

By Lou Bigelow   It's prom night, spring of 2002. I shave my legs for the third time ever and wear a decent black dress I found that's not too frilly. Doable. Hair's out of the ponytail and down on my neck....

Patchwork My Genderation Premier: Reuben

Patchwork My Genderation Premier: Reuben

Amos Mac

Photographer, student and barman, Reuben, 19, has been filmed throughout his transition by My Genderation. He left home when he was 16, and when he realised he was male, Reuben says that his whole life started to make sense. After...

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Sex Dreams – And What?

Sex Dreams – And What?

Arisce Wanzer

Salutations Ariscestocrats! It's been quite a while since I've over-shared hasn't it? Well let's jump right into the details then, shall we? Today's subject is as the title reads; Sex Dreams. Why do we have them? What do they mean?...

When A House Is Not Always A Home

When A House Is Not Always A Home

Alex Abramovich

It is accepted wisdom in our culture that home is where the heart is and that our primary caregivers are supposed to love us unconditionally. Our childhood storybooks teach us that home is a place of shelter and safety, a...

An Open Letter To Leelah Alcorn's Parents — And Every Parent

An Open Letter To Leelah Alcorn's Parents — And Every Parent

Arisce Wanzer

Being trans, sadly I know that suicide is nothing new in our community. Out of the hundreds of LGBT deaths each year, transgender teens are consistently the highest in number. These deaths always spark talks of “suicide prevention” or “depression,” but...

Photos Of Candy Darling On The Phone On Her Birthday

Photos Of Candy Darling On The Phone On Her Birthday

Original Plumbing

Happy Birthday, Candy Darling. Today you would've turned 70 years young. Not sure how you would've felt about that number. When you passed at age 29, the note* you left made it known that you never felt old age was...

The List

The List

Coen Crisp

They live in my chest This list of souls Book of taken life Rib cage barred Volume of Volumes Hidden from view But protected This time. The weight of them Keeps me grounded Aware of my mortality Grateful for breath in the form of acceptance As long as I am So too they will...

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

Original Plumbing

November 20th marks Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to memorialize and raise awareness around those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, while bringing attention to the continued violence the trans community faces . Founded in 1998 by...

How To Be A Serial Dater: An Ongoing Series

How To Be A Serial Dater: An Ongoing Series

Arisce Wanzer

Hello Ariscestocrats! I'm feeling generous right now, I'm ready to reveal some of my trade secrets in getting a date! I know what you're thinking, "I don't need any help, I'm just in a rut." Well, news flash boo, "rut"s...

Trans Lifeline: Peer-Driven Social Support

Trans Lifeline: Peer-Driven Social Support

Hale T.

Clinical depression is a very common experience for cis, trans, and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals alike in the United States. Trans and gender non-conforming people, however, seem to experience depression and suicidality at disproportionate rates. Although Time Magazine says we...

My "Trans" May Not Be Your "Trans"

My "Trans" May Not Be Your "Trans"

Mitch Kellaway

Many trans youth are growing up in a world where some concept of "trans" has always existed. This is monumental, life-changing; at least it has been to me.   The fact that I have a common language to discuss being "trans" with...

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