Jacqui Beck with Aidan Key, founder and director of Gender Diversity and Gender Odyssey
Gender Personal presented at 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.”
“Whether,” painted by Jacqui Beck for her son, Finnbar.
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 (genderpersonal.org), Skogstad (anselmskogstad.com), and Lyseggen (http://www.krislyseggen.com/) took us to a place of deep contemplation of what it is to be gender variant. With their unique and personal views, 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.
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.