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The Spaces Between #5: An Interview with Trans Photographer JJ Levine

The Spaces Between #5: An Interview with Trans Photographer JJ Levine

grey doolin

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’ve probably heard trans photographer JJ Levine’s name or have seen some of his photographs. Levine is a photographer based in Montreal, and his work challenges the notion of a gender binary...

Call for 2014 Summer Interns

Call for 2014 Summer Interns

Amos Mac

Deadline for Summer interns: May 15, 2014   It's that time of year! We are gearing up for a busy summer and are looking for summer interns in each of the following departments: GRAPHICS: With a strong emphasis on web graphic design, you'll...

XXY and the Transformative Queering of the Aquatic

XXY and the Transformative Queering of the Aquatic

Editor Pick

By Ludo Foster   One of the all pervasive metaphorical elements in the film XXY is director Lucía Puenzo's use of the symbolic imagery of the sea, aquatic life, rain and other forms of water as an integral part of the films...

Family Portraits with Sam Orchard

Family Portraits with Sam Orchard

Amos Mac

Name: Sam Age: 29 Preferred gender pronouns: He Preferred art medium: Comics Tell me more! I write an autobio webcomic called Rooster Tails, and I’ve just set up a Kickstarter to launch a new comic series called Family Portraits which features different short stories, told in different styles, about...

Breaking Ground and Building Community: 2014 Trans 100 Highlights

Breaking Ground and Building Community: 2014 Trans 100 Highlights

Hale T.

A most impressive and accomplished Trans 100 class of 2014 was celebrated this past weekend at Chicago’s Mayne Stage. The event announced the designees and, like last year, showcased a very glamorous and inspiring lineup of performers, artists, and speakers.   Chicago’s...

Drowning Mid-Air: A Performance-Protest by Natalia Nicholson

Drowning Mid-Air: A Performance-Protest by Natalia Nicholson

H. Melt

The third coldest winter in Chicago’s history has not kept Natalia Nicholson indoors. Instead, she boldly confronted the cold with her performance “Drowning Mid-Air.” Natalia is a graduate student in the performance department at the School of the Art Institute...

The Spaces Between #4: Returning

The Spaces Between #4: Returning

grey doolin

During the first week of March, my partner and I traveled to Madison, WI, the place I called home for six years until last fall. Following the beltline into the city, across the marshy waters of Lake Monona, still frozen...

Interwoven with Sal Steiner

Interwoven with Sal Steiner

Amos Mac

I was laying around in the living room at my friend Kelly and Spencer's apartment in Hayes Valley when I first saw the work of Sal Steiner. Above the couch was a framed drawing of a disembodied braid drawn with...

Trans Bacchus

Trans Bacchus

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By JT   For the most of my drinking career, I was a happy drunk. Bouts of unimaginable rage, directed towards no one in particular were simply branded as consequences of the act. We imbibe, we lose ourselves, we wake up the...

The Basics

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Tranarchy

Tranarchy

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By Evan Roig I was a cheerleader for my high school. I had red curls down the middle of my back and a hot boyfriend that, I quickly learned, if I lied about and hid the abuse, my friends would be...

A Liminal Space

A Liminal Space

Ewan Duarte

One of my fears before I began testosterone was that the amount of queer women who would be attracted to me as a trans guy would be a smaller percentage than if I lived in my genderqueer liminal space. Leaving...

Being a Man: An Interview With Buck Angel

Being a Man: An Interview With Buck Angel

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By Marie-Hélène Westgate   Buck Angel is the founder of Buck Angel Entertainment. He is a world-famous porn star, adult film producer, and educator. Buck Angel has spoken everywhere from Yale University to the Howard Stern Show, and his project involves raising...

Coming Out at Work: Understanding Trans Liberation

Coming Out at Work: Understanding Trans Liberation

Hun

Trans liberation, a term coined by Leslie Feinberg, has deeper impact for me when I took months to reflect on the meaning of “liberation” at my workplace. Once I exposed to the outer world, the so-called reality, I came back...

Sparkle Thornton Is A Trans Yogi

Sparkle Thornton Is A Trans Yogi

Ewan Duarte

I had the pleasure of interviewing the inspiring and luminous Sparkle Thornton. I met Sparkle several years ago while living in the SF Bay Area and was struck by her energy and enthusiasm. I hope you enjoy this conversation with...

Open Stall Policy

Open Stall Policy

Will Krisanda

One of the first questions I ask when visiting a new place is, "What's the bathroom situation like?" As a trans man who does not intend on bottom surgery and doesn't use stand-to-pee devices, a private space to do my...

Culture & Politics

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Trans Positive Inspiration Through Education

Trans Positive Inspiration Through Education

Hun

This coming week is my tenth public sharing on my experience as a trans person since my first talk in November of last year. It has always been my dream to work as an advocate. Most of the time, these...

Oooo Girl, You've Got Hate Mail

Oooo Girl, You've Got Hate Mail

Tricia Smith

Disclaimer: I am a white cisgender woman. My experience with consuming drag culture is mostly performed by white, cisgender men. So I've been thinking about this potentially bonkers and definitely complicated idea of drag performance being male appropriation of traditional femininity...

Denial Party

Denial Party

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By Ailyne Swartz   My days of partying were wrought with denial, distraction and feelings of inferiority. I spent the entirety of my early 20s drinking away my dysphoria. It wasn't until Christmas Eve of 2009 when I woke up in a...

Tattooed Ty from Toronto

Tattooed Ty from Toronto

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Stat Sheet  Name: Ty Austin Age: 26 Sign: Libra Lives: Born in Calgary Alberta, moved to Toronto 17 years ago. "I love Toronto for its fast paced lifestyle and the freedom of being who you are."   Facebook: Ty Austin (Short Stop)Instagram: TattooedtyTumblr: Tattoosbyty Twitter: Tattoosbyty   About the photographer Drasko...

It's Not Big And It's Not Clever

It's Not Big And It's Not Clever

Mark Reed

I have long maintained that any group of trans* guys will have more differences than things in common – we are not the homogeneous mass that many people assume we are. This seems to be the case even more when...

Tobi Hill-Meyer: Trans Positive Porn Trailblazer

Tobi Hill-Meyer: Trans Positive Porn Trailblazer

Courtney Trouble

I met Tobi Hill-Meyer selling erotica and activist zines out of her backpack at San Francisco Pride and traded her some porn for her whole collection. I never got around to reading it, but about a year later I took...

March Madness

March Madness

Arisce Wanzer

My lovely Ariscestocrats, my darlings, have you missed me? Of course you have, that was clearly rhetorical... ::serves extreme side eye::   The humble beginnings of spring are upon us and we all know what that means: Spring Flings! I'm not talking about the...

Speaking and Speaking Out as a Trans* Athlete

Speaking and Speaking Out as a Trans* Athlete

Chris Mosier

A good deal of my extra-curricular work recently has focused on combatting homophobia and transphobia in sports through projects like transathlete.com and by sharing my story as a trans* athlete. In the past I saw gay and lesbian athletes sharing...

Murses, Mannies and the Fear of a Gentle Man

Murses, Mannies and the Fear of a Gentle Man

Gabe Moses

“Your resume looks really great,” the woman behind the desk tells me. Her tone quickly shifts to apologetic as she says, “we just don’t get a lot of male clients.” At first, I am confused. Then she informs me of...

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