Imagine a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader of men. Welcome to Kumu Hina’s Hawaii.
Cultural appropriation or simple appreciation? Of course there’s a lot of inter-ethnic “imitation” throughout the world, but this is a fascinating phenomenon. This feels very different from Gwen Stefani and her Harajuku period, or any other “let’s dress up like those funny-looking people” effort. Considering the stigma and preconceptions that we project on the inaccurately named “Mexican … More Bangkok Barrio Boys
Today being the day of St. Keith Haring (according to my gay-hagiographic calendar BTB, he would be turning 56), I was going to write about “poz” as an identity and reaction to stigma, but being also the day of the first session of Identity Bootcamp over at Milagro (went great, more later), I have opted to look … More IDBC: Arts & Entertainment
“Angels lose their wings at The Dirty Duck”, proprietor Gayle liked to say to me, never forgetting the time I walked in from Pride an outfit consisting of a putto-style banner “floating” around my loins and fabric-covered cardboard wings. Despite the sartorial and engineering my friend Amanda and I could muster, the wings were no … More Dirty Ducks and Broken Wings
Beginning at the beginning requires Dr. Michael (ne Laura Maud) Dillon as our point of departure, fittingly on the 99th anniversary of his birth. Himself a pioneer, it was his fateful meeting with Dr. George Foss (who was experimenting with testosterone therapy), which led to the care of no lesser luminary than the father of … More Entrancing and entransed men
One of the silliest mistakes we humans make way too often is the assumption that the status quo is somehow a reached equilibrium, instead of a rest stop among the infinite variety of ways of being human. Gender seems to be one of those fields where we often are blinded to the marvels beyond the … More From virgin girl to grown man, Albanian style
Meet K. Stormé DeLarverie, popular drag king and a veteran of the Battle of Stonewall, and according to some, the catalyst: a cop said to me: ‘Move faggot’, thinking that I was a Gay guy. I said, ‘I will not! And, don’t you dare touch me.” With that, the cop shoved me and I instinctively punched … More The Mother of Stonewall?