I wrote an article for the Huffington Post about why the new television series Transparent is an unprecedented accomplishment for the trans community and a radical step for the film industry and in transgender history.
Earlier this Summer I published an interview on dazed digital magazine with the trans/queer/drag icon Flawless Sabrina!
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"TRANSPARENT enters at a time when the standards of trans representation are rising and as Hollywood is beginning to be held accountable for the stories they tell of trans lives.
I sat down and spoke with Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst about their experience working on the show as transgender consultants, whose perspective through production helped to shape it’s representation of transgender women.”
"I’ve been told that I don’t understand satire, or irony, when I’ve contested the use of transphobic slurs in comedy." — Diana Tourjee on her recent feelings around tv’s GIRLS. Read the whole essay here!
:) hold Lena Dunham accountable!
“By laughing at the joke, or by dismissing it, forgiven and forgotten but never acknowledged, we let go of our trans sisters’ hands, or we refuse to hold them. And failing this, we have failed trans women, whose alarm bell has long since rung.”
My new article critiquing transphobic jokes in media, Lena Dunham, and her hit HBO series, “Girls”. Please share this, help spread awareness about why this phenomenon is harmful.
read the rest:
Q:Just read your article on OriginalPlumbing and it was amazing! Thanks for writing it, I really appreciate your perspective and articulation of the complexities surrounding the representation of trans people in the media. :)
Thank you so much, it is very humbling to be able to produce work that is relevant to people who receive it, and relate to it. Really, thanks.
This is the article I wrote in response to Jared Leto’s acceptance speeches for the numerous awards his role in Dallas Buyer’s Club won him.
“Why do trans people care so much if a cis actor plays a trans woman? The issue is less about the sex or gender of the actor and more about that actors investment in the lives of the people his character speaks for. Guess what? Trans women are tired of cis people playing them on TV because the narratives being told often suck and are offensive, totally misrepresenting real transgender lives and botching our sex change by regurgitating tired, reductive text about us.”
The absolute and uncompromising morality that is manifest in Christianity is spread across our culture, bound as an incubus to gender and sex. We have felt impossible, we have been made to believe that there is a reality and a delusion - that right is not wrong, and that these concepts are discernable. What does morality have to do with representation, embodiment, archetype? Nietzsche says, of the sort of absolute morality found in Christianity, that he “...never failed to sense a hostility to life- a furious, vengeful antipathy to life itself.” and laments at our devotion with the claim that this morality is fundamentally, “...life’s nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed up as, faith in “another” or “better” life.” Isn’t that the same nausea and disgust with which the real lives of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals are regarded? There is a hostility against those who betray gender norms. Those who perpetrate bigoted treatment or violent acts against the gender nonconformant are agents of a higher power, and the disgrace of our difference is their debt to the survival of their illusory god.
I’m bored, it’s late and so I feel the need to write an unnecessary comment on this just talking about Nietzsche in relation to this…
Which of Nietzsche’s texts have you read in completion? Honestly just curious to know.
The absolute and uncompromising morality that is manifest in Christianity is spread across our culture, bound as an incubus to gender and sex. We have felt impossible, we have been made to believe that there is a reality and a delusion - that right is not wrong, and that these concepts are discernable. What does morality have to do with representation, embodiment, archetype? Nietzsche says, of the sort of absolute morality found in Christianity, that he “…never failed to sense a hostility to life- a furious, vengeful antipathy to life itself.” and laments at our devotion with the claim that this morality is fundamentally, “…life’s nausea and disgust with life, merely concealed behind, masked by, dressed up as, faith in “another” or “better” life.” Isn’t that the same nausea and disgust with which the real lives of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals are regarded? There is a hostility against those who betray gender norms. Those who perpetrate bigoted treatment or violent acts against the gender nonconformant are agents of a higher power, and the disgrace of our difference is their debt to the survival of their illusory god.
The Lost Transsexual Archetype of the Dionysian Cult
Hey there, Readers…Sorry I have been absent for some time from Third Sex. Many of you may know, I hope, that I came on as an editor at Original Plumbing this August, and since then have been consumed by my endeavors there.
In an effort to continue to Third Sex project, and to grow it, I am going to link to my OP articles through Third Sex, as well as contribute smaller scale discussion based content on the subject matter here.
Are you all interested in having these discussions on tumblr?
I have felt this place was home in part because it is used by teenagers, and teenagers are my target audience, as I feel they are amongst some of the most misinformed and vulnerable.
I wish I had Third Sex when I was younger.
Let me know how you feel about these kind of heavy, cerebrally dense conversations, and also - check out my new essay at OP entitled,
The Lost Transsexual Archetype of the Dionysian Cult
- a note on my writing style - I know that it is dense, poetic, and impassioned. This is my art, it is what I want and need to produce and I feel that it is the best way for me to do so. I also understand that this language can feel inaccessible - I urge people to ask questions and to unpack what is being said. I am capable and interested in having clear cut discourse.
On the subject of this essay….
I had the pleasure of sitting down with the artist Niv Acosta a few weeks ago. He introduced me to his work, and inspired between us a discourse we’d both clearly been yearning for.
This led to the creation of a new essay on the erasure of gender variance from the cultural lexicon, embodiment of the self through gender, and the moral bondage of social religious ideals, as they relate to the archetypes available to us.
How can we form new archetypes? What is the consequence of the assumed form of gender, and the absolutist fantasy of the whole or formal self? What of the illusion of self?
niv and I seem to embody a dichotomy - trans male to trans female, dancer to writer, black to white - and yet - where do these divergences diffuse? And how does our mutual quest for sentiency, possibility, and reality converge?
Where has Dionysus gone?
read the actual essay, below!
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"But for LGBT people, what if coming out feels like leaving a closet, and stepping into a box? What if the box doesn’t fit right, either? What if you feel misunderstood, made invisible all over again? Assigning a core self by one’s alignment in an acronym, makes the LGBT subsume gender and sexual difference, and reinforces the foundation upon which the closet is constructed. I came out when I was 12 years old, but my new box didn’t know me at all."
From Coming Out; A Piecemeal of Detritus, by Diana Tourjee. Read her entire piece here!
National Coming Out Day!!
National Coming Out Day!!
1. Visibility is crucial, breaking silence is a life saving intervention - coming out is necessary, and when an hospitable environment is provided for a queer person to come out, that person’s life is being invested in. Every kid (and adult) needs to be told that its OK to be different, they need to be educated on who and what is /actually/ responsible for their shame.
2. The fact that I or any one else has to “come out” of a closet that was constructed around us is /vile/. Coming out is necessitated by a system of violence that knowingly, intentionally, forgets us. Celebrating coming out is a hard pill, because the real issue should be forcing the hegemonic entity in power to “come out” for what it /really/ is. Which is not “normal” or “natural” or in anyway more authentic than queer identity. The presence of LGBT people within our population should not indicate their different to that population, rather the presence of LGBT people in our population should indicate that the population /itself/ is queer, different to /itself/ and that anyone regardless of orientation in sex or gender is always participating in an exchange between social, material, and spiritual influence.