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Saturday, 19 September 2015

A few more drawings

As a couple of you asked, and I'm immune to everything but flattery, I've posted a few more drawings found in long-buried files while I try and get my drawing hand (the left one, if you're interested) back into practice and have another read of Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

An illustration for a revisionist fairy tale which I think was called something like The Christmas Rose although I can't remember where this was from now. I think it may have from a writers' workshop I was involved in back in the early noughties.

Darryl was the sister of a friend and work colleague and had an incredibly cute Scottish accent. She had a younger sister  with  long blonde hair and legs that went on forever who was an absolute heartbreaker, but too shy to let me draw her.
Darryl, circa 1980

Cover for an issue of Prophecy fanzine.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

if Facebook had restrooms

Struck by the idea the FB reportedly has nearly 50 different categories for gender identification.

Monday, 7 September 2015

TED Talks- on transgender identity and experience

There are a number of inspirational and thought provoking talks on the transgender identity and experience as part of the online TED Talks series at
In his talk, How I help transgender teens become who they want to be, Norman Spack outlines the importance of modern techniques early intervention to delay puberty to give teens time to decide who they want to be.

Alice Dreger asks is anatomy destiny? and discusses her work with people at the edge of anatomy, such as conjoined twins and intersexed people, and wonders why, despite the evidence, the medical profession is still fixated on binary either/or concepts of sex and gender, and for whose benefit?

Transgender pageant queen and model Geena Rocera tells why I must come out after keeping her birth-assigned sex a secret from her colleagues and even her agent for years, “not because I thought what I am is wrong,” she says, “but because of how the world treats those of us who wish to break free.”

On the TED talks blog site, a series of 7 talks on the transgender experience to celebrate International Transgender Visibility Day on March 31st features talks by speakers from across the tg spectrum, including retired ex-CIA employee Alice Miller, model Geena Rocera and documentary film-maker Fox Fisher on how his own transition helped to kickstart a mission to help tell the unique stories of gender-variant people. 
Other talks are by Valentijn De Hingh, who has rejected the idea of the binary gender divide to become comfortable with her identity, the founder of Sirius XM satellite radio, Martine Rothblatt, and a fascinating talk by scientist Kate Stone, which isn’t primarily about gender (which she considers the least interesting thing about her) but is a demonstration of the various applications and toys she builds from conductive inks. Watching this, and struck by Stone’s obvious joy and enthusiasm for her work when she demonstrates a handful of music making apps, including a full functional DJ deck on a printed card, my first thought was “I want one of those.” And the second one was “I want her job”.

Saturday, 5 September 2015


I found this in a box of my old drawings. I don't think I consciously drew it as a TG image but in hindsight I wonder what was going on my head at the time.

 I used to draw all the time. I stopped about five years ago for no apparent reason and I've hardly put pen to paper since.

Perhaps its time Susie developed a hobby that doesn't involve so much constant self-examination and doesn't take up quite so much storage space.

I also found this in the same box. There was probably more than a little "I wish" going on when I drew it.