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
“I am just utterly fascinating… At least that’s what I tell myself.” So reads the caption of the Instagram account belonging to Mathu Andersen, the hair and makeup artist of the legendary drag queen RuPaul. In addition to creatively producing RuPaul’s Drag Race and serving as creative director of Drag U, Mathu is indeed utterly fascinating.
His Instagram is filled to the brim with delightful and enchanting ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Artsy on Jan 09, 2014 |
There is the teen mother who opens up about her previous sexual abuse and subsequent incarceration. A trans* woman stares into the camera with "I was born a man" written boldly across her chest. A young woman who drew arrows pointing to the visible scars on her arm. They are each part of photographer Steve Rosenfield's "What I Be" project, a powerful set of images that will stay with you long after you look away.
"What I Be" allows any viewer ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth in General on Jan 03, 2014 |
The intimate portraits and accompanying interviews below are by Rebecca Swan. They showcase men and women from Nepal and India, relaying their struggles as advocates for LGBTQI rights, their experiences with hatred and violence, and their subsequent perseverance.
Thanks to Feministing and Youth ... Read More
Drag Queen Pattaya
In Half-Drag, the renowned photographer Leland Bobbé aims to explore the personal and cultural implications of the tensions between “feminine” and “masculine” aesthetics. A diverse set of New York City drag queens serve as his subjects, but only one half of their form undergoes the transformation, leaving half of the sitter’s visage untouched by make-up, shaving, or hair pieces.
Drag ... Read More
In the Mexico state Oaxaca, individuals assigned male who identify as female are adored and viewed as carriers of good fortune. Called “muxes,” these individuals have a culture and legendary history all their own. The story passed down is a magical one: the patron saint of the town Juchitán, named San Vincente Ferrer, is said to have dropped the muxes out of his weathered and hole-filled pockets when he travelled on a holy ... Read More
The photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman captivates viewers with her beautifully intimate yet political images. From her personal snapshots of friends and partner, captured on disposable cameras, to vivid and advanced digital renditions of bloody tampons and downy vulvas, she has built a name for herself as an outspoken feminist artist who creates work that is both beautiful and courageous. Schneiderman’s work challenges the aesthetic expectations of ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in General 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