Archive for June 2012


beautiful faces


Submitted by D’Lo, the model. Photography by Sabelo Narasimhan.

“Greetings, my name is D’Lo. Tamil-Sri Lankan-American from LA (though I hop around a lot). Queer boy/stud/trans writer and comedian. This July, in NYC, I have a 3 week run of my show, and I would love to see all your beautiful faces in the seats!”

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Posted by on June 30th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Profile: Claude


You can call me… Claude

I identify as… an asexual, aromantic, neutrois person.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … I prefer gender neutral ones.

I’m attracted to… no one. At least if we’re talking about sexual or romantic attractions. I have experienced aesthetic attraction, and I’ve had squishes.

When people talk about me, I want them to… I’d prefer it if people didn’t talk about me when I’m not around. I don’t exactly know why, but it makes me uncomfortable. But I guess that’s impossible, so… I’d want them focus on my personality and what I do, instead of my appearance or gender.

I want people to understand… that I’m not female or male. And I also want them to understand that it hurts me when they tell me my sexual orientation isn’t real.

About Claude
I’m Claude. I used to be a fundamentalist Christian (Protestant). I used to be afraid of and disgusted by homosexuality. It was probably because I’d grown up watching Disney movies (so homosexuality was a very new thing to me when I first heard about it), and I had been to Church many times because I was in the Church choir. But then, when I was about 11-12 years old, everyone else started getting crushes and thinking about sex. I tried pretending I was like them, but it didn’t work. So I searched the internet for other people who didn’t want sex, and found AVEN. AVEN made me more accepting of sexual orientations and gender identities. Not sure how, but it did.

At first I identified as a heteroromantic, because I didn’t know aromanticism existed, but when I found a thread about it all just made sense.

I also identified as a girl. Sort of. I hadn’t quite reached puberty yet, so my body looked pretty androgynous when I wore clothes. But then my breasts started developing, and I just felt, “This is not me.” I didn’t know why I felt that, I hadn’t yet discovered other gender identities than “female” and “male,” but it made me very miserable. Then I found a thread (on AVEN :D) about being neutrois and I just knew.

Somewhere along the line I started becoming less and less religious, and I fully stopped believing in God when my cat died. I prayed for months for God to make her come alive again, and I got no response.

(This probably turned out too long, but whatever)

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Posted by on June 30th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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April & Electra


Submitted by April, the model. Photography by Natasha.

“2:00 AM, underground parking, posing with my 1976 Buick Electra Limited Landau Custom Coupe (what a mouthful). Perhaps the happiest I have ever been as myself.”

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Posted by on June 29th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Body


Someone wrote…

I don’t have so much of a problem with my body, I just don’t like how people read it.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on June 29th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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Strummin’


Submitted by T.K., the model.

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Posted by on June 28th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Elvis ‘e’ Madona



“The lives of a genderqueer biker and a talented drag performer intertwine in this vibrant Rio-set romantic comedy.”


Posted by on June 28th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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Grommet Skirt


Submitted by Michael Spookshow, the model and photographer.

“Just me showing my style. My wardrobe isn’t limited by gender stereotypes. I’m working to sabotage social perceptions about what men should and shouldn’t wear, and I’m doing it in a smokin’ pair of heels, baby!”

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Posted by on June 27th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Pick a phrase


Someone wrote…

I’ve known for a couple of years now that I’m…oh, pick a phrase. Genderqueer. Gender fluid. Intergendered. In essence, that while I’m a biological male, there are parts of me that are male and parts that are female. On some days I’m delighted to be a guy, and some days all I want is to express myself in feminine ways.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on June 27th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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With My Fist Held High


Submitted by Serephine Renaud, the model.

“I’d like to officially declare to the world that I am a heterosexual boy who believes with all his heart and soul that a boy has just as much of a right to be pretty as would a girl. My whole life has been one big maze of hatred, repression, and the belief that because my chromosomes have a ‘Y’ that I should act a certain way. Well I made my way through that maze and never once returned to the entrance in defeat. Never go back to the entrance, and when you finally find your way to the center, I encourage you to stand tall with your fist raised high and scream with me, ‘We were ridiculed but resisted. We were beaten but not broken. We are free for now and forever more.’

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Posted by on June 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Profile: Katie / Arthur


You can call me… Katie or Arthur

I identify as… trigender/gender-fluid, monosexual-androphilic, aromantic.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … whatever you like. She or he. I’m actually not particularly fond of “ze.”

I’m attracted to… well, I’m androphilic. But I’m also aromantic.

When people talk about me, I want them to… not speculate. Ask me.

I want people to understand… that I’m still learning. I might be unintentionally offensive. The internet is really the only LGBTQ community I’ve got.

About Katie or Arthur
I live in a hick town. I feel like a girl sometimes, sometimes a boy, sometimes neutral/third gender. I’m 18. I’ll be studying art history in the fall.

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Posted by on June 26th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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binding


Submitted by Olye, the model and photographer.

“First time succeeding at binding. Shopping for an actual binder at the moment.”

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[ed: Genderfork does, on occasion, post photos and quotes which include binding methods that carry long-term health risks. We want to clarify that these methods can be lower risk in low doses (such as for a photo shoot), but no forms of binding carry zero health risk. All people considering binding should be aware of safer options and symptoms of adverse impacts. You can read more here (beware NSFW advertisements). Several binder exchange programs exist online for those unable to afford binders, but some require participants to identify as male or ftm.]


Posted by on June 25th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Float


Someone wrote…

I used to appear more masculine and as a result felt comfortable hanging out with my male friends as just ‘one of the guys’. I haven’t had anyone question my gender in quite a while now, and rather paradoxically feel more left out of both main gender groups than I did before. I miss the ambiguity that allowed me to float between labels.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on June 25th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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Feeling fem while working


Submitted by Jamie Sue, the model.

“I am driving an 18 wheel tractor trailer, traveling most of the U.S. I believe my gender is in between, neither male nor female. I have no sex.”

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Posted by on June 24th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Question: Gender climate in London


Anonymous asks…

I am studying abroad in London this fall, and I was wondering what the atmosphere is like for someone who is blatantly gender nonconforming. Are people generally accepting/ambivalent? What’s the public restroom situation like? Are there any places I should avoid going unless I’m passing either way really well?

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on June 24th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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A Person By Any Other


Submitted by Uly Harp, the model and photographer

“This is a portrait I was inspired to do after coming out as pansexual / pangender to my friends and family. I twisted Shakepeare’s famous quote ‘A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet’ to ‘A person by any other gender / sex would be just as sweet’ as a way to say that gender / sex doesn’t make a difference to who a person is inside.”

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Posted by on June 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Profile: The answer you seek…



You can call me… the answer you seek, when you question what the word Androgyny is.

I identify as… A male trapped in a woman. LOL
Dominant
Alpha
Sweet
A Leader
Genophobic

As far as third-person pronouns go, … Daddy :)

I’m attracted to… feminine women. Fluid guys.

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Posted by on June 23rd, 2012 at 08:00 am

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I have no words for you


Submitted by Clara Engel, the model and photographer.

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Posted by on June 22nd, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Question: Sorting out my gender identity and what it means in relation to my sexuality


Riley asks…

What does it mean when someone doesn’t feel like they match their gender do to sexual inexperience? I’m 25 and a male-bodied virgin. I’ve had sex with boys. I’ve enjoyed it. As a child I enjoyed dressing up as a girl, fantasized about being a girl and in some cases being the female heroine in cartoons geared towards girls (sailor moon). I still desire and occasionally dress as a girl now (in secret).

Everyone I know says there is nothing inherently feminine about me. That I come off as a complete guy. My lack of sexual experience makes me feel different. I feel huge amounts of anxiety even thinking about approaching women. I don’t even know if I would like sex with a girl.

Sometimes I think I am a girl. Other times I’m not sure. When I’m angry or upset is the only time I identify as having “male” qualities. I don’t know what to do. I sometimes wonder if I have a gender at all… Has anyone else ever felt like this? What does this mean?

Please post your response in the comments below.

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Posted by on June 22nd, 2012 at 08:00 am

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In Flux


Submitted by Grey, the model.

“My girlfriend decided she’d photograph me. I guess she thought her sometimes-girlfriend, sometimes-boyfriend was pretty.”

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Posted by on June 21st, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Fleeting seconds


Someone wrote…

Last night I dreamt that I fully had a man’s body and it struck me how incredibly right that felt. There was none of that awkwardness that I face daily with clothing not fitting how I desire it to, or the limited strangeness of expressing sexuality in the female form I’m in..it just flowed. Oh to live in those fleeting seconds just before waking, when anything is still possible..

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on June 21st, 2012 at 08:00 am

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