9/10 Trans* Notables
His work includes portrait and self-portrait consisting mainly of clothed and/or nude lesbian and transsexual forms and aims to "demystify the transsexual body for non-transgendered viewers".
When he first began displaying his art The Advocate called his work deserving of "high praise not only for compelling quality of his black-and-white images but for their sensitivity as well."
Beginning in 1993, Mr. Cameron found an interest in photography. Though his skills were rudimentary he began photographing his trans* community. However, his talent and eye made noise in the art world. Within 2 years he was presenting solo shows in multiple cities.
First published in 1996, his work "Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits" was received with great acclaim. The book even won 2 (of the 3) Lambda Literary Awards it had been considered; Small Press and Transgender (Photography/Visual Arts being the third).
8/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me.
Buck Angel is the stage name of Jake Miller, an human rights activist/motivational speaker/innovator/producer/etc who transitioned nearly 20 years ago (at 28 years old, courtesy of an enlightened therapist) after suffering through years of bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and (thankfully) failed suicide attempts. He went on to found Buck Angel Entertainment and produced his own line of adult films and further became the first transman to star in all-male adult film, Cirque Noir. Then became a co-star in the first filmed transman with transwoman sex scene. In 2007, he was the first, and only, transman to receive the AVN's Transexual Performer of the Year.
His work in pornography opened the door to education and advocacy.
He is the self-proclaimed "Tranpa" of the transgender community, though not all who know of him are fans he is still a formidable presence among trangender people, allies, and those who wish to be educated.
I must admit I am a bit bias when it comes to Buck Angel. He was the first transgender man I was drawn to (though he identifies as a man and not transgender). His advocacy and passion were the strongest draws for me. To hear a man, not just any man but one who has already been down the path I am walking, speak so passionately and honestly about something I feel so dearly about (though I didn't truly realize what I felt until I was ready to face it). Buck Angel helped me accept my truth and through listening to his speeches, talks, podcasts and morning online sessions.
Whether you like him or not, know this, I hold him as my Transpa and no matter your views I will respect your opinion, but you must respect mine. If you can't, well, fuck off and educate yourself.
On a scale of 1-10...hard 8. (I told you, I'm bias. Love me some Tranpa!!)
7/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me.
Mr. Sallans is a "renowned transgender speaker and author specializing in health care, campus inclusion and workplace issues impacting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) community."
You can see his biography here and his resume here.
6/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me!
I actually came across this gentleman not too long ago. I was watching a Buck Angel video ("Sexing the Transman") and Mr. Harvie shared some of his personal experiences. I also found him quite amusing so this charged me up to find out more about him. Here's a few bulletpoints...
* New England born and raised (Maine, 1968)
* Came out to his parents twice (once to admit liking girls and then next to add on he's a man) - check out his website (here).
* A short time (4 yrs +/-) after beginning his comedy career he moved to LA. By the end of the year, he became the opening act for Margaret Cho (here). Soon to be followed by headlining his own comedy tour.
* Thus began his career as an actor, on shows suck as Young & Hungry, Mistresses and Transparent.
* This past summer he returned to theater in an off Broadway production of "Log Cabin"
5/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me.
"We have to be visible. We should not be ashamed of who we are. We have to show the world we are numerous. There are many of us out there."
After being orphaned by her mother's suicide, she was raised by her grandmother until age 10 when she ran away from her grandmother's disapproval at her femininity and use of makeup. Living on the streets, she found a local community of drag queens who gave her her name.
Being friends with Marsha P. Johnson (see previous blog post), she also aligned with identfying as a drag queen, civil rights activism, the antiwar movement (Vietnam), the second wave feminism movement, gay liberation and transgender activism. She was a founding member of GLF (Gay Liberation Front) and Gay Activists Alliance, while co-founding STAR (Street Transvestite Activism Revolutionaries), and organization dedicated to helping homeless young drag queens and trans women of color.
She also fought for the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Action (NY), which prohibits discrimination on sexual orientation in emplyment, housing, public accommodation, education, credit and the exercise of civil rights.
The "Syliva Rivera Law Project" is dedicated "to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expresssion, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence."
4/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me.
Marsha "Pay It No Mind" Johnson.
A gay liberation activist, model (click here), gay rigts advocate, drag performer (self proclaimed "drag queen"), mental illness warrior, original member of Gay LIberation Front (GLF), founding member of STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), a central figure in the Stonewall Inn riots and lovingly called the "Mayor of Christopher Street".
In the Summer of 1992, her body was found on the shore of the Hudson River. The police (with little investigation) dubbeed her death a suicide; her family and friends were not convinced, but no other informaiton has been brought forward to date.
Netflix is running a movie of her life (at least, for now) called, "The Death and LIfe of Marsha P. Johnson."
3/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me.
The story behind this young lost life is heartbreaking while still empowering.
This life lost gave way to judicial precedence and luxury of life for many more to come. The true sorrow is the young men who not only took this life also took others that same fated night, but sit in a state paid box still breathing and enjoying what little plesures they may create for themselves.
Though one man is on death row the other will rot away learning and continuing on even in an incarcerated state. That luxury is not available to the others because of the selfish and insecure spirits of those criminials. May they live very, very, very long existences.
1 - 10: 10
2/10 Transgender Notables
At least to me.
This one took me by pleasurable surprise!
Researching for this article, I came across Ms. Jorgensen while looking through a gallery of other trans mentionables. However, after reading through her articles and stories, I am not upset to have spent the time. She was a revolutionary woman. She only wanted to be her, but managed to create one hell of a story just being her. (She was rather cheeky, too.)
Born and raised in the Bronx to an average working class family, she graduated high school then served in the military. After being discharged, she went to community college, then to photography school and, finally, to dental school.
It was around this time she became aware of sexual reassignment and began taking estrogen. In 1951, she obtained permission to enter Denmark and undergo multiple surgeries to correct her body. In 1953, she returned to the US being instantly inundained with reporters and publicity seekers. She brushed aside their deliberate attacks on her and denounced that if people wanted to know her story they would have to pay her for it. And, oh gurl, did they!
Her story is funny, fascinating and such a wonderful read.
1-10: Definite 10.
(Just because I can I've attached her favorite performance piece below.)
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