Very few images of genderqueer people exist in contemporary photographic media or other visual story telling methods. In searching for my own identity, I found reading the stories and seeing the faces of others who were like me to be extremely important in my own self-identification and maturing process. Frustrated by the lack of genderqueer representation in media, I am traveling the country to photograph and record the stories of those who live outside the binary.
When I found out about this, I definitely wanted to get involved! We had a great conversation / interview (definitely more of a conversation!), including…
- the problems with people within and without the queer community policing other peoples’ body and clothing choices
- my experience of living in a small town versus being in the city as a non-binary person
- how presentation means different things to different people
- some of the projects and places in SF that are queer-positive (such as the Center for Sex & Culture, Mission Control, [SSEX BBOX])
- what I’m doing in college that relates to queer studies and potential career paths (for me at the moment, I’m looking to combine a sociological and LGBT studies interest with sexological study - society and science need to meet up more often!)
Elle is totally cool - definitely stay tuned for what happens with the Outliers Project!