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Recommendation: Brody Polinsky

Morgan recommends…

Brody Polinsky
Tattoo artist who created a safe harbor studio for LGBTQI clients

Brody is a queer tattooer who created UNIV ERSE Studio in Berlin to be a safe harbor in an historically homophobic and transphobic industry. People travel from all over the world for one of his custom-made designs.

Tattooing is really vulnerable and permanent, it can be healing or traumatic depending on the artist’s bedside manner. Brody designed a gentle environment with tea and easy music and proper pronouns. :)

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Posted by on March 26th, 2017 at 08:00 am

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Posted by on March 30th, 2016 at 08:00 am

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Wheat Paste Art

Reposted from The Identity Project.

“Wheat Paste Art Project by Nathan (a sophomore in Gender and Women’s Studies and minoring in Social Justice) at The University of Minnesota that was done to fulfill a requirement in a class that would bring focus to queer identities that are marginalized by the mainstream gay movement. These posters were put up around campus for his final project. ”

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Posted by on March 27th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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You Know

Reposted from lgbtgivesmehope.

“[Image shows various LGBTQ* flags with a hand pointing forward and the text, ‘YOU know who you are, not society.’]

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Posted by on March 23rd, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Queer the Streets

Reposted from Queer the Streets.

Half of all transgender people have been assaulted by a romantic partner. (translation of the text).

Violence against transgender people is a serious issue, and needs to be dealt with. Statistics like this speak to the normalization of fear that is a large part of too many trans people’s lives.

This paste is in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Its another paste as part of the ArtFabric project, which connects street artists with under privileged communities. The model is Chelsea Poe. Who was recently honored by the Trans100 for her work in transgender activism and improving the conditions for trans sex workers. ”

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Posted by on March 16th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Pronouns! Talk about ‘em!

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“So this is pretty cool :)”

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Posted by on February 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

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Posted by on October 16th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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Posted by on October 12th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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My Journey – As Told Through Bras

Submitted by Celina / Cedric, the model and photographer.

“This collage is part of my finals art project. I chose gender roles as my topic, especially so, as I’m trying to find out if I’m trans or genderqueer right now.
You can see me wearing all bras I ever owned in pretty much the chronological order I bought them in. What I wanted to enact was a a transformation from typically female to typically male traits but it occurred to me in the making, that that’s exactly my own transformation and my own journey, that I seem to have been on longer than I realized.”

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Posted by on August 27th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Posted by on August 20th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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The Trans Art of Daniel Arzola

Reposted from No Soy Tu Christe (via Crossdreamers).

“I’m Not A Joke (No Soy Tu Chiste) was begun in Venezuela by writer, illustrator, and activist Daniel Arzola.

It became the first Venezuelan viral campaign that through art raised awareness of the prejudice and violent acts performed against the LGBTI community around the world. Within only 6 months of its creation the campaign had reached more than a million people in more than thirty countries including Russia, where it is used today illegally as a tool for human rights protests.

Today, the campaign is available in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, and holds 50 illustrated posters that through the psychology of color illustrate matters dealing with same-sex marriage, gender roles, bullying, and a variety of other current social issues. ”

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Posted by on August 14th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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Don’t Assume

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Posted by on June 21st, 2015 at 08:00 am

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Blue is the Warmest Colour

Reposted from alicexz.

“Another painting for my solo art show, “MOMENTS II,” which opens on June 12th at Bottleneck Gallery! One of my personal favorites to come out of it!!”

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Posted by on June 11th, 2015 at 08:00 am

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Remember Trans Power

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Posted by on December 25th, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Recommendation: R. Freymuth-Frazier

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Self-Portrait In Moonlight, 20” x 24”, oil on panel, 2007, by R. Freymuth-Frazier

R. Freymuth-Frazier is a highly trained figurative oil painter. Instead of painting pretty landscapes or portraits in a traditional manner she uses her skills to paint portraits of women from various perspectives. From the hyper-feminine to the androgynous and even intersexuality, it’s all been explored in her large body of work spanning over a decade. It’s brave and strong work and really worth seeing.

Note: some of the paintings contain (artful) nudity.

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Posted by on August 4th, 2014 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: The work of Andy Karol

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Two portraits from “Eden: Expressions in Gender” photographed by Andy Karol, of two individuals, both POC, who identify on the gender spectrum as variant or fluid. Kokumo, on the left, is standing in a river, with the afro cut looking like a halo, closely holding water plants almost looking like a net, and eyes closed head towards the sky. Kia, on the right, is bald-shaven, with a simple circular ring in each ear, and is almost hidden between grass, with just the head emerging, staring into the camera with a piercing, powerful look.

The work of Andy Karol
A portrait project

This project lives through me. It is a concept, a bridge, a running topic, a challenge, and many other things. The images haunt, linger, inspire, incite, and provoke. I want people to understand the ability to strip down our gender to our inner selves and this is why nudity is used. The classic play on the Biblical ‘Eden’ reaches this importance. Gender spills out of us in uncontrollable ways and when we realize this then the real play begins. The quality of this work is based on years of experience and passion.

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Posted by on August 29th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Somewhere Bent

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Somewhere Bent
A poem on a blog.

“I have never been aware,
What on the outside seems,
But not growing there,
I played a role, not my dreams.

I begged my body to be less of
That to be or what not to be;
Just be something I can love,
Even if only by lovers seen.

So why then do I seem
With tiny little nipple knots, not
On fleshy female breasts and
That thing down there is what?

I am a natural born killer.
That instinct has never died
Time after time being teased
And other reasons cried.

When they think that I am a girly
Boy, and fag or pussy I am called,
I have to beat them all up,
And I beat them one and all.

I fight to end it at the beginning;
The judgment of my heart,
And stop what would surely bleed
My soul forever from the start.

I feel the thoughts of those
Who cannot get in my head.
In the cross-hairs of their sights
Set on seeing me quite dead.

Just because my hair and clothes
Are not in lemming conformation
To their walking talking paper
Cut-out normal expectation?

I have never been aware of,
What on the outside I must seem.
But growing up, I played the role,
By every, and all means.

I wanted to hug and hold hands
And feel what girls and women do.
But I wanted to be a super hero,
And fit in as either too.

Now I know that I am neither,
I play the game no more.
Hormones and chromosomes
Failing at my gender core.

They let me down by the norm,
And denied full compliment
Of what is boy or girl, and left me
Somewhere in the middle bent.”

I just wanted to share this with my siblings. Being somewhere between the ‘normative’ gender binary options can be difficult. Especially when you are young. I wrote this when I was 18 (or thereabouts).

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Posted by on July 10th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gender Anarchy

Paesan recommends…

A cartoon with twelve frames.   1) A person, seemingly male, sees a toilet door in the distance. 2) Close-up: the label of the door shows the 'man' pictogram. 3) The person approaches the door. 4) Close-up: the label becomes blurry.   5) The label becomes blurrier and changes. 6) The label now shows a figure in a short skirt, standing with legs apart. 7) The person retreats from the door, and the label becomes blurry again. There is a question mark over the person's head. 8) The label now shows a figure made out of one half of the 'man' and one half of the 'woman' pictogram.   9) The person is now facing a small table next to the door. 10) The person picks up a leaflet from the table. 11) Close-up: the leaflet held in hand; it says 'PROPAGANDA'. 12) The person looks at the label again; it now shows a figure with arms stretched apart and one leg to the side. There is an exclamation mark over the person's head.

I was browsing around on the web and came across this fantastic, smart person and a project of theirs from 2005. Imagine if this had been up longer than two weeks! I love the idea of using tech to bring people together. From what I can tell, most of their work is in that vein.

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Posted by on June 12th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Proudly African and Transgender: Portaits

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Hand-sketched portrait of head and shoulders. Bare skin, relaxed gaze at audience, dog tags.

This project is posted on, where it is described as: “Portraits and narratives of ten transgendered Africans from seven countries in East and Southern Africa by Gabrielle Le Roux in partnership with IGLHRC exhibited for the first time by Amnesty International Amsterdam.”

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

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Recommendation: Queer Noir

Topher recommends…

Queer Noir
A queer art blog

Queer Noir is an art blog that is produced by queer poet and performance artist Topher Cusumano. Queer Noir seeks to showcase the gritty, non-conformist, queer underworld through writing, visual art, and audio installation. With the help of his Trans-man best friend, Topher has created a safe haven for queer, feminist, gender-fucked, art.

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Posted by on November 29th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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