- Seventh grade me: oh my god I hope nobody can tell I'm gay please no
- Present me: WHY DON'T ANY OF YOU REALIZE I'M GAY DO I NEED TO PAINT MYSELF RAINBOW
Last week I shot a roll of film that I’d got free with a second hand camera. When I got back the scans I found out that the roll had already been used by the guy who gave me it and so I had double exposed it. By chance, both of us had taken a photo of a motorway landscape and this was made. His photo is from the inside of the car looking at countryside and my shot of an urban motorway is best seen on the left hand side.
This is fucking amazing
LGBTQ* Movies You Should Know: Trans* and Non-Binary Films
Today, on the twentieth anniversary of Brandon Teena’s death, we take a moment to realize how far our community has come and how far we still have to go. In an effort to increase visibility, we wanted to post an updated list of films from the last ten years dealing with trans* and non-binary visibility.
*Please note: All language is taken from press releases/movie information/film write ups. Some language may seem problematic. The films are presented to a mass audience with the descriptions below. We at KNOWhomo know the proper vocabulary is “transgender,” not “transgendered.” Please note that many press releases/DVD blurbs use incorrect language.
1. The Aggressives (2005). A documentary look at women who prefer to dress and act as men and who participate in NYC’s predominantly African-American lesbian drag balls. [You can watch it online HERE]
2. Normal (2003). A Midwestern father announces his plan to have a sex change operation.
3. Tomboy (2011). A 10-year-old girl, settling into her new neighborhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it’s too late for the mistake to be clarified. [Full movie available for rent on Amazon Instant Video]
4. A Girl Like Me: The Gwen Araujo Story (2006). The true story of Gwen Araujo, a young transgendered woman who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002.
5. Sex My Life (2008). This Persian independent film tells the story of seven Iranian transsexuals living in Tehran who live pieces of their own lives on the screen. Original title was “Khastegi.”
6. XXY (2007). This is the dramatic story of a 15-year-old intersex girl. She lives with her parents, who have to cope with the challenges of her medical condition.
7. Red Without Blue (2007). The intimate bond between two identical twin brothers is challenged when one decides to transition from male to female; this is the story of their evolving relationship, and the resurrection of their family from a darker past.
8. Romeos (2011). A drama centered on the relationship between a young man and a transsexual who is transitioning from female to male.
"The fact is that love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, strikes deep roots throughout our being, and continues to put out leaves on a heart in ruins. And what defies explanation is that the blinder the passion, the more tenacious it is. It is never more solid than when it lacks all reason."
—Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame
life of a writer
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
Neil Gaiman (via thatkindofwoman)
you talk about not caring what anyone thinks of you but we all know you’re a sensitive soul. the rain seeps through your skin to your sad bones and the wind dries them out. but you shrug off the negativity so effortlessly. you wait for people to try and knock you down but you stand stronger than the buildings towering around you. you let go. you let your mind fold upon itself and those voices can’t echo in. those faces turn to strangers and those memories are like grains of sand trapped in between the sidewalk you drag your feet across. you live. isn’t that enough for everyone? doesn’t that stop the questions? all these people worrying, like a swarm of wasps always threatening to sting. wake up. blindly grab your coffee. miss the first train and catch the next. sink into that desk and wait. “you okay?” “everything good today?” “everythings fine” your insides burn. your eyes twitch. your palms start to sweat. you’re screaming inside. but you’re fine. the day always ends. you crawl back to that coffin you call your apartment. winter is at your feet, like those stray cats you can’t ignore. you can’t give your love away to everyone.