Passing

VEST-AGDER, NORWAY, 13 April — Vaneeesa Blaylock and Sojourner Starship had dinner at the Bella Bistro Restaurant here tonight. Two friends sharing a table and a meal. The most ordinary of circumstances. Yet who are they really? Do the masks they wear reveal more than they hide? I had dinner …

Celluloid Heroes

KANDAHAR, 24 March — Friends dancing at a mountain site featuring Betty Tureaud’s immersive light and space installation, and managing not to break or twist anything regardless of how wild their improvisation, evoked today the bittersweet reverie of classic rock track Celluloid Heroes, here in the rocky Afghanistan mountains a …

Being Outed

CHICAGO, March 1912 — As the nymwars have helped elucidate, there are many reasons to use a pseudonym. To avoid an abusive former partner, to avoid a repressive government, or simply to immerse into an RP character/identity as deeply as possible, are but a few. In fact if you think …

Vic Gundotra

I’m seated in a stiff, wooden chair, my ankles tied to the legs, my arms tied together. Vic Gundotra’s just summarily executed three people, and now he’s walking over to me. His voice is soft, his questions are few. Gundotra’s got the calm of a traffic cop who’s already decided …

I Love My Body!

Today is Love Your Body Day! I know because I just discovered Chloe Angyal’s wonderful blog post at feministing.com Of course I wanted to participate in NOW’s LYBD “Blog Carnival” – who doesn’t LOVE a carnival! The pretty horses… the scary clowns! This post is part of the 2011 Love …

Drag!

SAN FRANCISCO, 5 August — Today United States District Judge Vaughn R. Walker struck down anti-same-sex-marriage “Proposition 8”: Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians. The evidence shows conclusively that Proposition 8 enacts, without reason, a private moral view that …

Gracie Kendall v2

Gracie’s Blog: http://graciekendal.wordpress.com/ My Previous Gracie Post: Gracie Kendal Project Gracie Kendall continues her amazing Blog/Odyssey, Blogyssey? I certainly don’t know where she’ll come out, and I don’t think she does either, I think that’s the point of her journey. In her many RL::SL diptychs, we see each RL day …

Boy George

I’d like to talk about Boy George, not because his band rocked a few tunes back in the day, but because of his insight to his own identity. I heard an old interview with him and he said a couple of things about his persona: one sort of funny, one …

Charlie White

I’ve seen some of Charlie White’s work in the past, like his Alien at a Cocktail Party photos… and so I was completely unprepared for the sublime power of his 2008 Teen and Transgender Comparative Study photographs. In these images he pairs teenage girls and pre-op transwomen, two people both …