Mariette Pathy Allen

Felicity by Mariette Pathy Allen

Slate’s just done a nice piece about Mariette Pathy Allen, who has been photographing members of the trans community for a long while. Her books were some of the first I saw and read, in fact.

This is one of my favorites of hers, and it’s of Felicity, who died a few years ago at the age of 102. She is sitting in front of a photo of her child self at the turn of the last century.

It was almost a rite of passage when she photographed us when we were at Fantasia Fair in Provincetown nearly a decade ago.

You can see more of her photography on her own website.

#glaadawards: John Leguizamo

I was a giant fan of his in the early 90s when “House of Buggin'” was on TV and I was maybe the only white girl living in Washington Heights. No, really.

I didn’t see To Wong Foo when it came out, believe it or not. Mostly I went to see him on stage, for Freak and Spic O Rama and Sexaholix, which I loved (even just that clip of it is NSFW).

And he was a totally nice guy, too.

But this PSA kinda gives you the lowdown.

My wife, in the meantime, had a lovely time chatting with his wife, and a good time was had by all.

(And John, if you happen to read this: I’m not the trans one. That was my version of funny.)



Happy 83rd Birthday, Mom!

mom dad 1952


They were Brooklyn kids, can you tell? Sweet and tough all at once.

(& Yes, we all still miss the big galoot in the photo, & we miss him a lot.)

They were in their early 20s when this one was taken, & they’re sitting on the stoop of a family home on Jerome Street, somewhere near Pitkin Avenue.

Rheims With Gender

I really am not sure what to think of this project. The idea was to photograph genders, as she did in the 80s, but somewhere along the way she discovered a few people who were genderqueer or trans*.

I love the idea but I also feel a little squeamish about the description of the project.

I think I’d prefer to hear their voices talking about how they live in their bodies and genders, and what they think of both.