Hey Everyone! I’m excited to present you with Gender Heroes — a new series produced by our fabulous volunteer, Erica, whom you know from her compelling photo curation work. She’ll be sharing photos and brief overviews of her heroes in the gender variance spotlight, kicking it off with the inimitable Justin Bond. Enjoy! ~Sarah Dopp, founder of Genderfork
Radical Faerie in Suits and High Heels
by Erica Stratton
Queer performer Justin Bond was born in Hagerstown, MD — proof that not all gender heroes start off in the big city. In the 1990s, he teamed up with piano player Kenny Mellman to create the duo Kiki & Herb, where Bond played a has-been chanteuse who always had faux diamond tears in her eyes. Kiki’s vocal prowess allowed her to sing both extremely well and extremely badly, sometimes during the course of the same song.
In 2008, Bond killed off Kiki. But even when you’ve taken the alcoholic chanteuse out of the performer, you can’t take the queer activism out of his performance. Bond has written a scathing reaction to legislation banning gay marriage, played the Mistress of the Sex Not Bombs Room in the movie Shortbus, and a letter to his 16-year-old queer self.
Edit: At the time this bio was written, Bond was using male pronouns, but is now using the pronoun ‘v’.