Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Many Gendered Thing

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Many Gendered Thing

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A portrait of the gender rainbow, along with nine answers to the question "How do you define gender?

* THE LADY CHABLIS

singer and actor

I don't define gender--don't have to. If someone, is that interested, then the only way they're gonna find out is when the lights go out ... The truth is the light of the world!

* ROSALYNE BLUMENSTEIN

director, Gender Identity Project

Gender is defined by those that birth us. Our society decides how we play and what colors are appropriate. Our society punishes or venerates our beings depending upon how we. emulate the game of gender. The game is pink or blue. For some reason I challenged the hue in a young age and persevered. This has not been without conflict. However, I've had the opportunity in celebrate me and my core gender. As a straight woman of transsexual experience within a queer movement, I give strength to this voice. My attendance within the movement conveys hope. In my upcoming book, Headline: Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body, or Ain't No White-Boy Privilege Here: A Child's Confusion, et Woman's Conclusion, I discuss the movement of my gender; how it heals, mends, and transcends all the time.

* GUINEVERE TURNER

actor and screenwriter

At 10, I tried to act like a boy so I could go fishing and not have to do dishes. At 15, I wept over a broken nail and feathered my hair until it hurt. At 21, desperate to be taken seriously as a lesbian, I got a crew cut and tried to change my walk from a sashay to a saunter. At 24, I made a movie that proclaimed me "dyke" once and for all, and now I am a girly girl with the innards of a truck driver.

* LOREN CAMERON

photographer and writer

As a female, women usually screamed when I went into the ladies' room. As a man, people are always asking me to carry heavy objects. AS a dyke, I was always a card-carrying member. AS a short male, people always ask me how it's going down at the racetrack (I always explain that they must be confusing me with my uncle who rode at Santa Anita). AS a transsexual, everyone wants me to tell them what the difference is between the other two genders ... poor dears. Try calling an endocrinologist--or a feminist. I don't know.

* JENNY SHIMIZU

model and actor

Well, my hot femme German girly girlfriend and I just had breakfast this morning with sexologist Carol Queen and her gay husband, Dr. Robert; mistress Ilsa Strix and her FTM hubby, Master Take; AIDS activist and HIV-positive former Playboy centerfold Rebecca Armstrong . …

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