After her decades' long work exploring androgyny, the photographer Bettina Rheims saw a shift in the way cultures view gender, and she was inspired by transgendered youth. As transgender issues are only recently beginning to receive the attention they deserve, her 2012 project Gender Studies aims to give voice to the most intimate thoughts on the gendered self. Using Facbook, she reached out to any and all people who “felt different” in regards to ... Read More
“I want to show that, despite stereotypes, that gay men can be masculine too.”
Throughout the last centuries, the “masculine” and “feminine” have been redefined and pasted side-by-side to form a conflicting array of possibilities. In the Victorian era, it was the male ideal to be smaller in frame and well educated; at the turn of the century, manhood became about physical strength and assertive behaviors. In the 21st ... Read More
“What is between my legs is not thoroughly who I am. If gender is black and white, I’m grey,” says Ryley Pogensky, a gender queer model participating in Barney’s New York’s new campaign. Pogensky is one of almost twenty transgender and gender queer models featured in the catalog and ad images, shot by the legendary Bruce Weber.
Each model has a story to tell, hailing from communities across the globe. Culturally, ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy
on Dec 02, 2013
Today, there’s another reason to applaud the Olympic diver, Tom Daley! In a moving Youtube video released this morning, Tom Daley revealed he is in a romantic relationship with another male. “This has been a hard decision to make,” he wrote in the video summary, “but I wanted you to hear this from me.” Daley shared that the majority of his family and friends have been overwhelmingly supportive when he told them about the ... Read More
Zackary Drucker: "I identify as human."
Policy Mic recently asked the photographer Amos Mac to contribute a portfolio of his portraits of transgender individuals to their series on Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2013. For Amos Mac, a groundbreaking artist and trans activist, the task was daunting. Portraits capture their subjects in a specific moment in time, but our identities, whether we are cisgender or transgender, are fluid. Portraits like Amos’s ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth
on Nov 26, 2013
When a friend of photographer Debbie Boud posted pictures of actresses from "The L Word" noting how attractive they were, Boud was dissatisfied: not all of the women were actually gay and they represented only a stereotypically pretty look. In response, her friend challenged Boud to find "gay and hot" lesbian models, an oft-omitted group as far as popular media goes. Thus began her 2010 "It's All Butch," calendar project.
"I wanted to break the ... Read More
The Washington Post columnist Amy Dickinson has made a name for herself by giving awesome relationship advice, and this letter will show you why! A parent, who identifies only as “Feeling Betrayed,” wrote to Amy about his or her gay son. He is 17, and as Betrayed puts it, “he will not stop being gay.” Betrayed is sad, mad and embarrassed; Betrayed thinks the family needs Amy’s help in making her son a ... Read More
With the exception of that one time a bisexual female contestant flirted with a woman she found attractive, ABC’s The Bachelor oozes heteronormativity. We all know the drill: conventionally attractive man is wooed by 25 nearly-identical women, chooses his favorite one and proposes to her. If we turn a blind eye to the overnight dates, it’s all quite conservative. Sure, there are other dating shows that are less limited and exclusionary, but ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth
on Nov 19, 2013
In 1997, Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson founded "Sister Spit," an all-girls weekly, free open mic night. They decided to take their act on the road, evolving into a traveling event that showcases both new and established writers and creates a platform for underground voices of feminists and the queer community.
After editing an anthology of young, queer writers in 2007, Tea revived Sister Spit as Sister Spit: The New Generation and has held a major tour ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 18, 2013
Texas isn't exactly #1 when it comes to progressive policy-making. Recent legislation has disenfranchised lady-voters and made it nearly impossible to access a safe and legal abortion. Finally, the twinkle of hope we've been waiting for has emerged! Harris County, the jail serving the Houston area of Texas, has adopted comprehensive policy that states "discrimination or harassment of any kind based on sexual orientation or gender identity is strictly ... Read More