Archive for August 2012


Luke/Leia


Submitted by Strixx, the photographer. Modeling by Luke Braceland.

“This is one of the best models I have ever worked with. And also one of my Dearest friends.”

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Posted by on August 31st, 2012 at 10:00 am

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Constructs


Someone wrote…

Increasingly I’m not sure I feel strongly ‘male’ or ‘female’ in terms of what society attributes to both constructs. I’m also confused about what it means if we agree that both are merely constructed by society. Does feeling like neither make me genderqueer or gender-nonconforming? Do those titles hold if I continue to identify as male (by default)? Does calling oneself ‘genderqueer’ while living life with mostly cisgender privilege belittle the troubles faced by transfolk?

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


Posted by on August 31st, 2012 at 08:00 am

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Just Me


Submitted by Alix, the model and photographer.

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

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Be You, Be True


Submitted by kitaeasvara, the model and photographer.

“Gender is a fluid expression of yourself, just be a perfect expression of you!”

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

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This gender thing


Someone wrote…

It can be pretty complicated, at least for us who don’t perfectly fit in one of the traditionally accepted gender roles of man and woman. I’m not a fan of complicated things. Wish this gender thing was looser.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


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

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A bird in the hair is worth more photos please


Submitted by Kat, the model and Submitted Photos Curator.

“Attention all potential models, photographers, and rebloggers: There is currently no backlog for high-quality, artsy photos that tell an interesting story about gender. So please send a picture of yourself or your gender creative friends ASAP, or submit a photo that you found somewhere else on the web (giving credit to the source). I look forward to hearing from you!”

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

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Profile: Xauri ‘EL


You can call me… Xauri’EL

I identify as… at the moment, androgynous ambisexual gothic transhuman. Identity subject to change without notice. Not applicable where prohibited by law.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … I more or less take what I can get; “he” and “she” make me equally uncomfortable, none of the neologisms come naturally enough for me to be OK with having people use them to refer to me (though I love using them in my writing), and I can’t stand getting in fights with people about “they” (yes, it is widely used as a third-person singular, just GET OVER IT). My preference is for the Finnish ‘han/hanet/hanen’ (how cool is it to have a language where personal pronouns are gender-neutral *by default*?) but about the only one I will not accept is “it.” (Seriously. It happened once. Not pretty.)

I’m attracted to… femmeboys, dommegirls, and anyone whose sextype I can’t immediately mark. Goths and other people living outside the socially permitted spectrum of self-expression. Knowledge, wisdom, creativity, and moxie. Also? Monogamously married to a beautiful goth femme with an attitude.

When people talk about me, I want them to… I prefer when people talk *to* me rather than *about* me. Tell the truth, check their privilege and prejudice, and take a pass on the social gamesmanship. Know what they’re talking about, and develop their own opinion instead of buying one off the rack.

I want people to understand… you are the only person who gets to define who and what you are, who lives in your body and thinks with your mind, who decides what rules to follow and when to break them, and who ultimately knows what’s best for you. Learning everything you can will allow you to act and react more effectively; allowing yourself to fall into comfortable patterns of thought is mental suicide. Challenge yourself and challenge society.

About Xauri’EL
I am a mendicant student of the arts in a life-long quest for fame and fortune, identity and meaning, or maybe just pie.

» Define yourself. «


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

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Becoming me


Submitted by Carter Lei, the model and photographer.

“I am FTM, but sometimes I like to be a little bit girly, still with male pronouns. I am currently trying to afford a binder. They’re so expensive, and my mother would never let me.”

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

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The Fuzzy Grey of Black and White


Submitted by Musician Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the model and photographer.

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

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Profile: Danielle


You can call me… whatever you like, but who is to say I will answer?

I identify as… Danielle, the smart, funny, bright, tall, out-going, creative, controlling (at times) and outrageously delicious chocolatey treat.  ;)

As far as third-person pronouns go, … she, he, it, whatever makes it easier for folks to sleep at night.

I’m attracted to… shiny things, shiny people, good vibes, the color green, beards, tools, metals, bacon, BOWTIES…I could go on forever.

When people talk about me, I want them to… really know what they are talking about.

I want people to understand… that sexuality cannot be limited and neither can gender. We must continue to learn and understand the different ways that others choose to identify themselves.

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

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Meditative


Submitted by belenen, the model and photographer.

“I feel most myself when I wear a glitter goatee — but I often worry that people think I am being silly or worse, being mocking.  This photo was taken at Big Trees Forest Preserve, a place that feels like home and beauty and safety.”

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

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The Sunroom


Submitted by Optimus Gine, the model and photographer.

“Smiling in the sun, just enjoying life free from gender constrictions.”

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

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I Wanna Be Your Man



Artist AG covers a song by The Beatles. AG’s twitter.


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

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Katie As Freddie


Submitted by Katie, the model.

“My first time doing drag. BEST NIGHT EVER.”

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

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Ideas


Alex wrote…

I have a disability in my arms which makes it difficult to slip a binder on. I already have one (and can’t afford another) which I can get on and off because it’s a lighter spandex, but it doesn’t completely flatten my chest. Does anyone have any ideas of what I could wear or add to it to flatten more? I’d rather not do ace bandages, they hurt me everytime I try and use them.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


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

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Erase It


Submitted by Mikey Dakota, the model and photographer.

“Just genderforking the world!”

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

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Profile: Zeek


You can call me… Zeek.

I identify as… a butch dyke / androgynous.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … use whatever you want. They are all applicable.

I’m attracted to… intelligent women.

When people talk about me, I want them to… realize that what they say about me only proves their ignorance. I couldn’t care less what you think about me.

I want people to understand… being a part of the LGBT community doesn’t mean you are less of a person. Everyone has a right to be happy and be the person they want to be. I pay taxes, have a career and own a home. So what if I want to be gender-less.

About Zeek
I was born in Pittsburgh, PA in the late 1970′s. I grew up as most Yinzers do, an avid Steelers fan. Later, I studied English writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, I am celebrating my 13th year working for the University Library System as the Operations Manager of the Library Collections Storage Unit. Imagine something like Home Depot, but filled with library materials. Yes, I drive a hydraulic forklift. Awesome! In my spare time I like to play video games, softball, and go to music shows.

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

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Help a boi look good!


Submitted by Avery, the model.

“As many of you may know, it’s hard to find nice clothes that fit. Luckily I found a great tailor in Bangkok that made me this suit with no questions or comments or qualms about my gender. I’m currently in the running to win a new suit from them – help a genderqueer out by clicking http://bit.ly/suit-me to get to the photo on Facebook and clicking LIKE on it. Thanks so much.”

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

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Day to day


Someone wrote…

I recently moved to a small town from a larger city, and whereas even before I felt like I stood out for being a female-assigned-at-birth but gender ambiguous person in a fairly diverse city, I stick out like a sore thumb here. Strange looks and general unfriendliness seems to be the norm directed to those deemed even slightly “abnormal”. This probably mirrors so many of my fellow Genderqueer’ers realities, but I’m having a hard time adjusting. I don’t really have a specific question but felt the need to share my disappointment in this, and how some of you may deal with the day to day of other’s unkind judgements.

What’s your experience?

And what are you thinking about gender right now?


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

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Profile: Jacqui


You can call me… Jacqui.

I identify as… an anarcho-feminist translesbian with a passion for synthesizers and stir frying.

As far as third-person pronouns go, … ”she” will do for now.

I’m attracted to… femininity…whether that be in men, women or anyone outside, in between or beyond the binary gender paradigm.

When people talk about me, I want them to… not know a single thing about me and base their conversation entirely on rumour and speculation.

I want people to understand… that just because I am male bodied, my occasional desire to present as a man doesn’t make me any less of a woman.

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Posted by on August 20th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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