Well, this is going to depend on your definition of trans. But, for me, someone who’s spent their life twisting and exploring and fucking with gender? Someone boyish enough for Robert Mapplethorpe and Allen Ginsberg? Who came up with one of my favourite lines EVER?
As far as I’m concerned, being any gender is a drag.
I’d say that warrants an inclusion under the enormous and flawed umbrella of general trans-ness.
I spent hours as a teenager staring and staring and staring at pictures of Patti Smith, listening to Peace and Noise, Horses and Easter on obsessive loops, going crazy over The Coral Sea. And, yes – I do the same thing as an adult. Complete hero. The fearless, fuck-you spit, the extreme exposure of her vulnerability, painful tenderness – jesus. I’m off to read Just Kids again. Mind that you do the same.