Trans Beauty: Part Four
October 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
You’re going to have to forgive me for using a slightly older photo. I’m taking some of my own medicine, and celebrating a wonderful trans person – and I wanted it to be someone who made a big difference to me when I was young and scared. Lovely people – Jamison Green.
God, I wish I could rock a hat like that. Sorry, I digress.
So, does anyone else remember PlanetOut? Ah, 1999/2000. I’d just come out, and the world was not altogether the most hospitable of places. That website became a real lifeline. All these queer people – cool queer people! And one of those very cool people was Jamison Green – writing about his life, and the challenges of battling transphobia, in this incredible understated, intelligent, professorial kind of way. I immediately wanted him to be my mentor. In a radically unobtrusive way his regular column became a little part of my world that said “trans people get stuff done. Awesome stuff. Don’t worry so much. You’ll be ok”.
There’s not much I can say, except that, one day, I hope I get to shake his hand. Educator, spokesman, writer, role model – and generally handsome gentleman. If I could wear a hat with grace I would be taking it off to him.