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Gender Personal Will Be Featured at
International Gender Conference in August

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.

Aidan Key speaks at Gender Personal opening, Kirkland Arts Center in June 2014

Aidan Key, founder and director of the annual Gender Odyssey Conference, shown with Jacqui Beck at the Gender Personal exhibit opening, Kirkland Arts Center, last June. Photo: Marc Hoffman

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.”

20100825_Whether_172x172GENDEREVOLUTION: 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 (, Skogstad (, and Lyseggen ( 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.
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:, 206-325-7267.

Reception and cocktail party for the Genderevolution Art Exhibit at Gender Odyssey

Genderevolution Reception and Cocktail Party. Click image for details.

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 a no-host bar. Admission is free.
Friday, August 15, 7-10 pm
LOCATION: Convention Center Rm. 607

Artist Jacqui BeckArtist’s Presentation

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
Washington State Convention Center Rm. 607

Madison Park Times Front-Page
Interview with Jacqui Beck

An interview with Jacqui Beck by Sarah Radmer, Staff Reporter for the Madison Park Times, became the front-page story for that newspaper’s June 4, 2014 issue. The article begins:

“Three years ago, when Madrona artist Jacqui Beck’s son came out as transgendered, she went through all of the emotions a parent usually goes through in that situation.

After a lot of reading, education and growing, Beck decided to use her art to create an exhibit about the experience of her son and other people in the transgender community.”

Read the whole story on the Madison Park Times website.

Transgender Discrimination Survey

Logo: National Center for Transgender EqualityWe hear a lot about the discrimination faced by minorities. But there isn’t a lot of well-publicized, research-based evidence about the disadvantages that transgender and gender-variant people have to live with.

The Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey substantiates—with hard facts—the at-risk nature of being gender variant in our society. Continue reading 

An Interview with Finnbar


Finnbar: click for larger image.

Jacqui Beck: How do you wish people would respond to you?

Finnbar: It would depend where they were in their lives. If it wasn’t someone I’d interacted with before, I suppose a gentle curiosity would be nice. You know, nothing sort of accusatory or assuming.

But also, I would really want them to spend some personal time with it, Continue reading 

An Interview with Jenn


Jenn: click for larger image.

Jenn [talking about her childhood]: I had no one to talk to talk about [feeling like I was a girl], no one to turn to. But I’m pretty sure that I told [someone at my] school. I went to a counselor and I was having huge emotional feelings and I didn’t know what to do with them. Continue reading 

An Interview with Judy


Judy: click for larger image.

Judy: One Christmas, my sister was there with me, and when we were opening gifts, I got a new baseball mitt. My sister got a party dress, and all the girls went upstairs and tried it on and were ooing and ahhing at how beautiful it was, and the whole thing… and I wanted so much to be among them.

I didn’t want a baseball mitt. That’s my very first recollection. Continue reading 

An Interview with Laura


Laura: click for larger image.

 Jacqui: What do you want others to understand about how you experience yourself and your gender?

Laura: That it’s not something new, and that I don’t feel like I was keeping secrets from anyone . . . that to a great extent, everybody in my life is learning about this on nearly the same learning curve as I am. That I’ve always experienced myself the way that I do now, but had either fewer words or less ability to articulate it.  Continue reading