Author: Robert Roth

Transforming the Conversation About Being Transgender

The transgender and gender-nonconforming community has seen significantly increased visibility over the past few years. Despite this increase in visibility, only 23% of people in Washington say they personally know someone who is transgender, according to TRANSform Washington, a newly launched statewide public education campaign from Pride Foundation.

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Pushing Cosplay Past the Color Barrier

Costume play, or cosplay as it’s most commonly known, is a worldwide phenomenon with dedicated fans who spent countless hours and sums of money to recreate the looks of their favorite characters. There are entire conventions dedicated to it, and those fan conventions that aren’t still fill up with costumed homages to characters both well-known and obscure.

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Bedroom Series: Jacob

We did this photo shoot in Jacob’s living room instead of his bedroom, which was small and didn’t have any natural light, so you’ll have to forgive my use of the term Bedroom Series for this one. I’m sure you’d agree that the lighting in the living room was good (really good, not Tumblr selfie good.)

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Bedroom Series: AJ

AJ told me that after this shoot he and a friend were going to try out drag for the first time. While he’s no stranger to wearing makeup and heels, it would be the first time AJ has done full on drag. He didn’t know whether or not he would shave off his beard, though, but is grateful to live somewhere that embraces a bearded drag queen more readily than South Carolina, where he grew up.

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The Business of Pride

We’ve clearly come a long way in the four decades since the first Pride celebrations. Now that the business of pride has taken center stage, though, you have to wonder if it’s been in the right direction.

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Robert’s Rules: Privilege

Nobody likes having their privilege pointed out to them. It can be embarrassing. It can hurt. But recognizing privilege and oppression, and acting appropriately, is pretty much the minimum that can be done to be a part of a healthy, functioning society.

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Molly Shannon Is A Super Star

I can’t tell you how painful it is to watch Molly Shannon die. I’d like to tell you that you have a 90 minute movie to get used to the idea, but no. It’s right there, right at the start. And yet, with such a severely maudlin occurrence bookending it, Chris Kelly’s Other People is still heartwarming and funny through and through. Be prepared for your heartstrings to get a severe tugging.

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Translations Gets a Major Start

The 11th Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival kicks off tonight at the Egyptian Theatre with Major!, the story of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-­old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for more than 40 years. The film, which recently sold out its San Francisco premiere at the historic Castro Theatre, shows one woman’s journey, a community’s history, and how caring for each other can be a revolutionary act.

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