Welcome to Gender Personal. Created by Seattle artist Jacqui Beck, Gender Personal looks at one of the most central yet under-explored aspects of our nature: gender variance.
What Is Gender Personal?
This project explores its subject through art, poetry, and recorded interviews. Its purpose is to increase public awareness and promote social change and acceptance of gender variance in all its manifestations. Our work includes public presentations and interactive exhibits that encourage personal exploration of gender identity and expression.
Read more about the project
How To Get Involved
Gender Personal is about educating ourselves and strengthening community. The sharing runs in all directions. How can you be involved?
Gender Personal will have a featured presence at this year’s Gender Odyssey Conference, held at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, August 15-17, 2014.
Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender-nonconforming people.
Aidan Key, founder and director of Gender Odyssey and a prominent figure in the trans* community, has also been a source of steady support for Jacqui Beck and her Gender Personal project, including inviting her to exhibit and talk about the project at this year’s convention.
After Jacqui interviewed him for Gender Personal, Aidan remarked, “When I saw what Jacqui created, I was deeply moved. She received all that I’d shared, and shaped it into a full garden of paintings and poems.”
GENDEREVOLUTION: Art at Gender Odyssey 2014
Throughout the 3-day conference, paintings and poetry from Gender Personal, as well as the work of photographers Anselm Skogstad and Kris Lyseggen (The Women of San Quentin), will comprise the art exhibit GENDEREVOLUTION. Through their separate work, Beck (genderpersonal.org), Skogstad (anselmskogstad.com), and Lyseggen (http://www.krislyseggen.com/) take us to a place of deep contemplation of what it is to be gender variant. With their unique and personal views, they bring to the Gender Odyssey conference an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the variety of human expression and experience of this very important aspect of life.
WHEN: Throughout the 3-day conference
LOCATION: Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle, 6th floor, east and west hallways
ADMISSION: Free, but those not registered for the conference are requested to view the exhibit Friday Aug. 15, 7-10 pm, or Saturday prior to or following the 12:45-2:15 presentation. To set up special viewings, contact Jacqui Beck: firstname.lastname@example.org, 206-325-7267.
Reception & Cocktail Party
A reception for the GENDEREVOLUTION: Art at Gender Odyssey 2014 will be held Friday night. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Ingersoll Gender Center and Framesmith. There will be an open bar. Admission is free.
WHEN: Friday, August 15, 7-10 pm
LOCATION: Convention Center Rm. 607
Jacqui will be giving a presentation about the Gender Personal project. This is an opportunity to hear audio excerpts from the interviews, accompanied by slides of Jacqui’s artwork and photographs by Richard Nichol and Marc Hoffman. The presentation will include an open discussion. General public welcome.
WHEN: Sat. Aug. 16, 12:45-2:15 pm
LOCATION: Washington State Convention Center Rm. 607