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Open Call for OP 17: TATTOOS

Open Call for OP 17: TATTOOS

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DEADLINE: November 1, 2015. OP is currently taking submissions for trans male quarterly print issue #17: Tattoos & Ink, showcasing the stories behind your tattoos and relationships to body art from a trans perspective.    Want to share with us why a tattoo...

OP Presents: TRANS SHORTS at NEW FEST

OP Presents: TRANS SHORTS at NEW FEST

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Original Plumbing is presenting two screenings of Trans Shorts as part of New Fest, New York's LGBT Film Festival on October 22nd and 26th. Use discount code OPNEWFEST to get $12 tickets to both screenings! "While trans identities and lives have been...

Ties to Love™ and AllJackedUp

Ties to Love™ and AllJackedUp

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Name: Jack Jackson Location: Toronto Occupation: Founder of Alljackedup and co-founder of Ties to Love™   Where did the inspiration for Alljackedup come from? It was born of frustration. Frustration with not being able to find clothes that fit my body and gender. Fed up of paying...

Trans Cinema Is Here And Now: Frameline39 Spotlight

Trans Cinema Is Here And Now: Frameline39 Spotlight

Ewan Duarte

Trans people and characters are currently more visible than they have ever been in the media! Some stories of trans people this year have exploded into the mainstream —making trans lives and realities more visible than ever before. As trans...

FTM Rapper Lil One is the Man

FTM Rapper Lil One is the Man

Claire-Renee Kohner

May 22nd was to be a big day for FTM Rapper Dominic 'Lil One' Chilko. Top surgery was scheduled, but last minute insurance issues have once again delayed the procedure sending Dominic into a bout of dysphoria. Every person who is transgender...

THE SPECTRAL WILDERNESS: A Book Review

THE SPECTRAL WILDERNESS: A Book Review

Mitch Kellaway

The things that might surprise someone is how both fast and slow a meltdown feels. The angry stem. The ravenous tender middle. - from “Sunflower” by Oliver Bendorf   The narratives the “wider world” hears, and accepts, about transgender lives are few. As trans...

Releasing OP's Literary Issue

Releasing OP's Literary Issue

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The 16th issue of Original Plumbing will be hitting your mailbox soon!

Venus DeMars’ New Release Drops

Venus DeMars’ New Release Drops

Claire-Renee Kohner

It was fifteen below zero with the wind chill and every time the door swung open at Café Southside, a trans friendly coffee shop on south Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, the thought once again crept into my mind as to...

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...

The Basics

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Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice For Cultural Competency Packs the Pages

Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice For Cultural…

Hale T.

As a public health researcher and advocate, I approached Willy Wilkinson’s new memoir, Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency, with great curiosity. I have known and respected Willy’s advocacy work in the Bay...

REVIEW: 'Eden's Garden' Debut Puts Black Trans Men Center-Stage

REVIEW: 'Eden's Garden' Debut Puts Black Trans Men Center-Stage

Mitch Kellaway

In late September, black trans filmmaker Seven King, along with co-producer Marin Watts and assistant director Ebony Felder, released Eden's Garden, a new webseries centered on the ups-and-downs of a group of five black trans male friends in New York. The...

Coming Full Circle

Coming Full Circle

Ewan Duarte

Having lived being seen, socialized, and treated as a girl and then woman for 26 years of my life and then coming out as trans 7 years ago, as an FTM guy, it's been quite a journey of self-discovery with...

Premier: Macy Rodman's "Lazy Girl" With All Trans Cast

Premier: Macy Rodman's "Lazy Girl" With All Trans Cast

Amos Mac

I first saw Macy Rodman spiralling on stage performing her own songs during the incredibly popular (but now-defunct) weekly party, BATH SALTS at Don Pedro in Brooklyn. I instantly wanted to know everything about her. Smart and hilarious, Macy is...

BRACE – Trans Short Film Features London Gay Scene

BRACE – Trans Short Film Features London Gay Scene

Amos Mac

OP loves talented actor/writer Jake Graf from London. The short film BRACE (written, produced and stars Graf, and directed by Sophy Holland and Alicya Eyo) is now available for public consumption and you don't want to miss it. We can't wait to...

Incendiary Art: Cassils Ablaze

Incendiary Art: Cassils Ablaze

Kris Grey

In May at MU, Eindhoven in The Netherlands, Cassils opened their first European solo show. In conjunction with the exhibition there will be a symposium called Incendiary Day on June 17th beginning at 15.30h and featuring incredible speakers Dominic Johnson,...

Culture & Politics

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This Is My Bastard Moment

This Is My Bastard Moment

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By Donald Collins   I was fourteen years old when I met my biological father, “Brian,” for the first time, at a Thai restaurant where we had agreed to have lunch. It was our one and only meeting, and entirely unremarkable.   “Do you...

Ghost Guise

Ghost Guise

Arisce Wanzer

Hey, Ariscestocrats! I'm back with another odd chronicle from the roller coaster that is my dating life as an out trans woman. I've been getting some interesting questions lately about "ghosts". Don't know what a "ghost" is? Sure you do,...

Refusing To Let Go Of My Vancouver Pride

Refusing To Let Go Of My Vancouver Pride

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By Felix Gilliland Every year, my friends and I excitedly line the sidewalks for Vancouver Pride. When the parade starts, however, my excitement sours. This is because, without fail, the first people I see in the parade are a group of cops on...

On the Death of Mercedes Williamson, 17 years old

On the Death of Mercedes Williamson, 17 years old

Mya Byrne

  You bastards with your guns, fire and knivesWho dare to take my sisters' livesMaking us too numb to speakMaking us feel scared and weakHow can you raise up your fistsAnd bring them down upon a kissTo break a life that's...

Maximus – Man on a Mission

Maximus – Man on a Mission

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By Patrick Kay   As I write this piece I am counting down the hours until Maximus heads to the Brisbane International Airport and boards a flight to Chicago – the host city of the upcoming International Mr Leather (IML) contest. The...

We Need More Than Personal Stories

We Need More Than Personal Stories

Hun

March is a month when I received a lot of invitations to different institutions to share personal transgender stories. To students, trans people are myths in which they are eager to know about their private lives, how they come out...

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...

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