Alex Drummond is a cognitive behavioural psychologist and trans rights activist, who recently shared this amazing video of Del La grace in Warwick. Del LaGrace Volcano (born in California in 1957) is “one of instigators of polymorphous perverse queer culture.” A formally trained photographer, Del’s work includes installation, performance and film and interrogates the performance of gender on several levels, especially the performance of masculinity and femininity.
“As a gender variant visual artist I access ‘technologies of gender’ in order to amplify rather than erase the hermaphroditic traces of my body. I name myself. A gender abolitionist. A part time gender terrorist. An intentional mutation and intersex by design, (as opposed to diagnosis), in order to distinguish my journey from the thousands of intersex individuals who have had their ‘ambiguous’ bodies mutilated and disfigured in a misguided attempt at ‘normalization’. I believe in crossing the line as many times as it takes to build a bridge we can all walk across.”
Del LaGrace Volcano, September 2005
As part of transgenderzone’s occasional series, where transgender people of note are interviewed, Sam Johnson speaks to the one and only Julia Grant who appeared in the ground breaking BBC 1970s Documentary ‘A change of Sex’.
“This set the benchmark by which all other similar documentaries then followed.
However, it was also one of the best documentaries ever made and set the standard that today demonstrates just how bad UK television has become from these flagship days!”
Running time: 2hrs
“I’ve always known folks who feel that they don’t fall under the LGBT umbrella, which is the reason why we keep adding more and more letters to the end of it. But identity is far more nuanced than that, especially when you ask someone about the gender identity/expression and sexuality. This photo project shows us how incredibly diverse and creative we are! Participants in this project have taught me new words through the process and I just love how that’s one of the evolving parts of it. One of my hopes is for a teenager living in a small American town or someone in Asia or Russia to look at the photo project and finally be able to put a word/s to how they’ve been feeling for a long time. I hope that the project makes folks feel more connected to one another.” – Sarah Deragon
Read the full article on poliymic.
Trans people have existed the world over, since the beginnings of humanity. Documented evidence is scarce because the dominance of cisgender cultures and erasure of trans people’s identities. In 2011, photographer Àlvaro Laiz captured stunning imagery of the transgender population living in Mongolia in his series Transmongolian. Enjoy the brief article here on buzzfeed.com