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Jacqui Beck Presents at artEAST in Issaquah

"Whether," for FinnbarOn October 18, 2017, Jacqui Beck delivered a presentation to the membership of artEAST in Issaquah,“Art for Social Change: the Gender Personal Project.” It had been more than 3 years since her Gender Personal exhibits at Kirkland Arts Center in Kirkland WA (May-July 2014) and at the Gender Odyssey International Conference at the WA State Convention Center (August 2014).

In her talk, Jacqui discussed with the her belief that art can be a gateway to learning about gender and other socially relevant issues. The presentation included a slideshow of photos of the Kirkland Art Center exhibit and of the people interviewed in the GP project, all taken by by Marc Hoffman. Marc and his wife, Tina, attended the presentation and were very active in the discussion that followed.

Gender Personal Featured at
International Gender Conference (August, 2014)

Gender Personal presented at 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.”


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),  comprised the art exhibit GENDEREVOLUTION. Through their separate work, Beck (, Skogstad (, and Lyseggen ( took us to a place of deep contemplation of what it is to be gender variant. With their unique and personal views,

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

Genderevolution Reception and Cocktail Party. Click image for details.

they brought 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.

Artist Jacqui Beck

Jacqui also gave a presentation about the Gender Personal project. The audience heard audio excerpts from the interviews, accompanied by slides of Jacqui’s artwork and photographs by Richard Nichol and Marc Hoffman. The presentation included an open discussion.

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 Aidan


Aidan: click for larger image.

Aidan: Younger people, kids, can sometimes take to an activity much more quickly. They can get the basics and then fly with it much more quickly than adults who might have some already packaged-up expectations.

So in the same respect the younger generations, like the kids of the families in the support groups, they’re light-years ahead of their parents at nine years old, in terms of understanding gender and who they are in the world. 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