this was written in 1322
i can’t imagine how hard it must have been struggling with gender shit back when physical transition was a total impossibility, even theoretically
i’m trying hard not to cry
we have a history. we have existed in every culture of the world at every moment of human history. cis institutions have tried to suppress this history or claim it as their own but it is not theirs. it is ours, and always will be. we must uncover and reclaim more of our history, and we must make more ourselves
just pointing out that this is a huge treasure for jewish trans people, and that this is a beautiful look at how judaism and transness relate to each other. i really think it’s important to emphasize that yes this is a trans poem but it is especially a jewish trans poem, since clearly to this author her judaism was just as much a part of her as her transness. and speaking as a jewish trans person, that is so so so important. our own people have suppressed this from us, but here it is, teaching us that our jewishness and our transness transcend our current situations and tie us to our ancestors.
Finally doooone (ﾉ⊙ヮ⊙)ﾉ
Drew the boys two weeks ago, and finished the background today. I should draw on paper more often again, it´s exciting
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That’s it! Donna, brilliant! Planets have been taken out of time as well as space.
Me and Monkey,
• a transphobic woman is not a feminist
• a racist woman is not a feminist
• a homophobic woman is not a feminist
• exclusionary feminism is not feminism
this needs to be in every art history books in 10 years
how can anyone not like this website when it produces quality content like this
A beautifully animated description of what we know about the creation of the Universe, so far.
We can see most of the how, though who knows how long this can last. Does the universe build in enough time for the beings that study it, to reveal why it happened? We’ll see I guess. :D
When asked if he’d ever considered casting a trans actress for Dallas Buyer’s Club, director Jean-Marc Vallée said, “Never. Is there any transgender actor? To my knowledge — I don’t know one. I didn’t even think about it”.
When assured that yes, of course there are trans actors, Vallée replied, “Which ones? There’s like five, or three, or what — two? I never thought of that. I never thought of hiring a real rodeo guy to play the rodeo Ron Woodruff. And just like in every film — we’re actors, we’re directors. I’m not aiming for the real thing. I’m aiming for an experienced actor who wants to portray the thing.”
"Eight years ago, I made the decision to wear a headscarf and since then my life has been a different one. My father came from Morocco to Hamburg, where he worked at the port and later as a sports director for the police. My mother is German. No one forced me to take this step. It was my decision. A while ago, I was at a bus stop and left a package unattended for just a moment — passersby were alarmed, thinking I was about to set off a bomb. At a Lidl supermarket, an elderly man started insulting me for no reason: ‘What are you doing here? We don’t want you here!’ The bus driver no longer says hello to me, since I started wearing a headscarf. When I wore a burqini — a full-body swimsuit — to the swimming pool, the lifeguard reprimanded me, claiming my swimsuit disturbed the other swimmers. Some people see me as the victim of a supposedly archaic culture that discriminates against women. Others see me as a dangerous fanatic, an Islamist. I am not accepted as a self-confident woman who wears a headscarf."
- Aziza Janah, 40, housewife, Hamburg
24. Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy, ‘Coccinelle’
Jacqueline Charlotte Dufresnoy, ‘Coccinelle’ to her friends and adoring audiences, managed to rack up a lot of ‘firsts’ in her lifetime — she was, as far as we know, the first French person to have sex reassignment surgery, one of the first trans* film actresses, and the first openly trans* person to be married in the Catholic Church. She also founded the Association Devenir Femme, a support and advocacy group for French trans* women, and toured the world entertaining people and raising awareness.
Dufresnoy was born in 1931 and assigned male at birth. She was raised by a relatively sympathetic family — there’s an account of her dyeing her hair blonde as soon as she was old enough to do so, and she began dressing in femme-coded clothes at a very young age. She was nicknamed ‘Coccinelle’, ‘Ladybird’ (or ‘Ladybug’ to US readers!), because of a particular favourite red-spotted dress.
In 1953, aged 21-22, she began performing as a showgirl at Chez Madame Arthur and the Carrousel, two famous drag-themed nightclubs (both of which apparently still exist). She began taking hormones at around this period, and in 1958 she travelled to Casablanca for reassignment surgery. Here is what she herself had to say about the experience:
"Dr Burou rectified the mistake nature had made and I became a real woman, on the inside as well as the outside. After the operation, the doctor just said, "Bonjour, Mademoiselle", and I knew it had been a success."
She also commented that "It meant I could no longer be arrested by the vice squad for impersonating a man".
Dufresnoy appeared in her first film, Europa di notte, in 1959, and was a hit — shortly afterwards, the Italian singer Ghigo Agosti dedicated a song, ‘Coccinella’, to her. In 1960, she was married to journalist François Bonnet. What seems particularly amazing to me is that this apparently happened legitimately in the French church — and that she was given away by her father. The only religious/legal requirement was that she officially change her name and be re-baptised as Jacqueline — in the midst of today’s debates about religious intolerance and queer/trans*/same-sex marriage, this seems quite incredible to me. The church seems to have rapidly became less tolerant of trans* people and their marriages after her first divorce, however - you can read more here.
Dufresnoy would later divorce Bonnet and marry twice more. She made five more films throughout the 1960s, and travelled to the Americas and throughout Europe, including spending most of the 80s living and performing in Berlin. She retired from performing in 1990, and in 1994 she founded the Association Devenir Femme together with her third husband, Thierry Wilson. She also continued to give interviews to raise awareness and respect for trans* women in France and further afield, and worked closely with the Centre d’Aide, de Recherche et d’Information sur la Transsexualité et l’Identité de Genre (CARITIG), an advocacy group that campaigns for trans* rights. From 2002-2005, Dufresnoy owned and operated her own cabaret in Marseilles — well into her seventies at this point!
Dufresnoy suffered a stroke and died in 2006. She appears to have maintained her Catholic religion until the end. I don’t share her religious beliefs, but I’m still incredibly touched by what the priest who spoke at her funeral had to say — he reminded everyone that “All the children of God have a place in the Church”. It’s a shame that we need to be reminded of that just as much in 2013 as we did in 1960, but I’m glad that we have this lady to look back on to remind us.
Obituary from the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/coccinelle-420311.html
Obituary from the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1532588/Jacqueline-Charlotte-Dufresnoy.html
Profile at ‘A Gender Variance Who’s Who’: http://zagria.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/jacqueline-charlotte-dufresnoy-1931.html
Profile, pictures and video at Transgriot: http://transgriot.blogspot.co.uk/2009/05/coccinelle.html
LGBT People in History bio: http://calpol25.hubpages.com/hub/LGBT-People-Of-History-Part-Twenty-Eight-Coccinelle
Bio at Cabaret World (in French): http://cabarets-world.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=89
Wikipedia page for CARITIG (in French): http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centre_d’aide,_de_recherche_et_d’information_sur_la_transsexualit%C3%A9_et_l’identit%C3%A9_de_genre
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