so incredibly affirming to see, and yet totally terrifying (i have my gender set to “only me” but still. makes me nervous to put it in writing in such a networked place)
[Image: Three photos. The first shows Laverne Cox, a beautiful Black trans woman with long light colored hair seated, head tilted, across from CeCe McDonald, a beautiful Black trans woman seen from behind, as they speak. The second photo is a shot of a row of prison cells. The third is a picture of CeCe McDonald speaking with the back of Laverne Cox shown.]
FREE CECE, the new documentary with Laverne Cox, explores the roles race, class and gender played in CeCe McDonald’s case. McDonald’s claim of self defense was rejected by Hennepin County prosecutors. The documentary explores the implications of CeCe’s story as a survivor, housing trans women in male prisons, and the practice of keeping trans women in solitary confinement.
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The Masculine Mystique
The New York Times published a story about Bindle & Keep, myself and our clients called The Masculine Mystique. I’m excited and thankful that the work Daniel Friedman and I have been doing for the past year and half is getting this kind of attention. I’m also excited about how statue-esque my dog looks in the photo below, as well as how clean my apartment looks. Mostly I’m excited about how handsome our clients look!
I just want to take a moment to write a follow-up to the article, which has an unprecedented amount of personal information about myself in it. While I value my private life and consider my gender identity private, I have also learned the value in allowing my identity to become more public. I’ve never really used this platform to explicitly talk about my identity except for in the context of style, but I do feel like it’s important to do that now, for a moment.
I’m quoted as saying I navigate a tiny space between two identities. That’s the space I tend to be assigned to exist in based on my appearance. I am impressed that this space exists and that it’s so easy for me to inhabit. But I want to add that I don’t see myself the way other folks see me. My identity is a defined thing; it’s just too private and complicated to discuss with a reporter. There are other details about my life included in the article that I would not have chosen to divulge but I take comfort in the power of visibility and this unprecedented portrayal of gender diversity.
This is the bottom-line for me, folks. Last night, as I was getting ready to have dinner with about 50 family members in the Bronx (God bless the Bronx), I was feeling over-exposed by this article and thus anxious about seeing my people. I took a moment to refresh my email (this is how people in the 21st century soothe themselves) and saw that a gentleman I do not know had taken the time to write to me and say that I am courageous, and that our visibility moved him to tears. I can’t say how thankful I am for his well-timed message.
P.S. Rachel Maddow, I want to make you a suit.
P.P.S. Really I just want to measure everyone in the world for a perfect pair of pants.
Teach him to move his body in lots of different ways, from lifting big rocks to spinning pirouettes, because those things are fun and they feel good. Teach him to stretch and touch his toes because this will help keep his muscles flexible and elastic. Teach him to do cartwheels because there is no greater expression of joy. Teach him to lie in a patch of sunlight and dive into a good book.
on work that needs to be done in the theater world regarding trans* and gender non-conforming stories/actors/people in general (thanks to marthaq for passing it along)