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.”

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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,

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.

An Interview with Aidan

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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

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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 Laura

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 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 

An Interview with Rafael/a

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Rafael/a: Coming into hormones and then later surgery, was like, I have something. I planned something for myself.  I’m looking towards this thing, and because I’m doing this thing, that means I’m changing because I want to be here. [...] the fact that you’re investing in doing this thing means that you’re going to be here after that event also, like after the surgery. Continue reading