13 THINGS I LEARNED WHILE TRANSITIONING

AT THE START OF MY TRANSITIONING JOURNEY, I EXPERIENCED A SURREAL AND RADICAL SHIFT IN THE WAY THE WORLD TREATED ME. SOME OF THE DIFFERENCES I EXPERIENCED TOOK ME BY SURPRISE BY THEIR SPECIFICITY. IN THIS PIECE, I SHARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF THESE CHANGES TO GET THE VIEWER TO THINK ABOUT GENDER IN NEW WAYS.

I WANT A DYKE FOR PRESIDENT

AFTER THE 2016 ELECTION, I THOUGHT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO RESURFACE SOME OF THE WISDOM THAT CAN BE FOUND IN PAST CIVIL RIGHTS WORK. I CHOSE TO ANIMATE AN EXCERPT FROM THE POEM BY ZOE LEONARD, "I WANT A DYKE FOR PRESIDENT," ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN 1992. THIS PIECE SAMPLES A 2016 RECORDING OF MYKKI BLANCO PERFORMING THE POEM.