My time this week and next will be filled soaking in the stories and lives of transgender and genderqueer people. That is how I work as an artist. I soak in the stories, the narratives, the theories and then I let them infuse my work.
I’ve made some wonderful breakthroughs with my new Transfigurations performance piece. I have unearthed some things in the Bible that have thrilled me that I have never seen before. You will be surprised to see the amazing Transgender Bible heroes lurking on the page right before your eyes.
I have looked to many resources to help me begin to understand the many different sides and issues of the transgender umbrella and the amazing people under that umbrella. The greatest education has come from simply sitting and listening to transgender people as they tell me their stories. But I have also found other resources to be helpful. I list some of them below. PLEASE share yours with me!
Here is Trans Family’s Gender 101
Why Don’t You Tell Them I am a Boy, a mother’s story about embracing her FTM son.
I also have been very much helped by the words of Kate Bornstein
The Transsexual Person in Your Life, some frequently asked questions/frequently held concerns.
Gianna Israel has a wonderful collection of articles she has written, including
Talking with you Children about Gender Identity Issues
Contentious Family Issues
Also check out:
Here is the first video in a long series by Erin, a 23 year old trans MTF lesbian who moved to NYC from Utah. In this piece she talks about why she had to leave Utah and the results of transitioning. Really great stuff–moving, personal and insightful.
Please share with me any websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, books or magazines that you have found helpful in exploring trans issues.