I don’t have many guy friends, but my guitarist is one. Parting, I lean in for the cheek-kiss but he plants a good one right on my lips.—Allison Washington
Reflections on the instinctive act of gendering, how it can go terribly wrong, and what happens next.
I’ve seen myself in the mirror. I find me… disorienting. What do they see that I don’t? Why aren’t they laughing at me?—Miriam Suzanne
Mother finds me at her wardrobe, in her pumps and pearls. What are you doing? Being a mommy. Are you, then? She clips on the earrings (they pinch!), reaches for her lipstick.—Allison Washington
I wasn’t born in the wrong body. I was born, a body. Without my body, I don’t exist.
“The project attempts to humanize, educate and destroy the assumption that trans folks are solely defined by their physical experience. We aim to weave transgender lives into the overall human experience instead of merely focusing on the transition.”
My friend Maureen Maloney asked to document my reaction to the 2016 election, as part of the America Heard film series…
This month’s Denver Quarterly features side-by-side excerpts from my novel, Riding SideSaddle*, and the Buntport play 10 Myths on the Proper Application of Beauty Products which was based on it.
I’m still reeling from this year of insults, a traumatizing campaign turned traumatic election. I’m not sad about a contest lost, but what those results mean for real people around me. 2016 is over, but 2017 is going to be even harder.
There’s a lot of language that gets thrown around, but much of it comes loaded with over-simplified baggage and misconceptions. Here are a few that have been on my mind – from gender identity to biological sex, transition, passing, and visibility.