The interview is in two parts (below), and it’s about 20 minutes long. Cynthia Loyst and I chat about my transformations, straight men who are attracted to transsexuals and about my upcoming play I was Barbie at SummerWorks 2010. Brendan Healy, my director and the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre joins us later in the interview, too!
The show originally aired on Friday, June 4th. Big thanks to Star Network and CP24 for having us on, and for supporting queer performance!
me performing as Jessica Rabbit at the tranny strip club where I used to work (2007)…
…”real men” (a detective) lusting after a cartoon woman in Disney’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit…
…photos of me modelling as Jessica Rabbit for anatomy artists at the Cameron House (2007). FYI- the dress is very painful to wear because of how small the corset makes my waist, and the sequins dig into my flesh.
I’ve signed on to do an academic lecture on November 27, 2009, in a 2000 level York University course called Introduction to Critical Sexualities. It is the fourth time I will be doing it.
The lecture is in two parts, and it is about three hours long. The first half is called ‘The History of MtF Transbodies 1900 – Present.’ It is a narrative that I have constructed to show how transbodies and identities have historically been constituted in different ways by a series of “authorities” including psychoanalysts and activists as well as pornographers.
The second part of the lecture is ‘The Eroticization of the MtF Transsexual by Heterosexual Men.’ It looks at how porn has constructed and commodified trans bodies and identities. It also examines the ways in which meanings are ascribed onto bodies and how meaning, itself, becomes eroticized.
The course director is Dr. Frances Latchford, Associate Professor, School of Women’s Studies, School of Arts and Letters.
Time: 2:30-4:30(lecture) and 4:30-5:30(tutorial Q and A)
Location: Founders 203
(this article originally appeared in my T-Girl column in Fab! magazine, Toronto’s Gay Scene Magazine, 2005)
I’ve had sex with two professional athletes, a movie star, two TV personalities, the CEOs of two Fortune 500 companies, four guys who worked for the Mob, a string of strippers, many male models, a bunch of bodybuilders, loads of nightclubbing suburban guys and even a few crackheads – all of them straight.
When I parade into a gay nightclub hanging from the tanned, bulging arm of one of these men, heads turn and eyebrows arch. Cliques of queers throughout the party wonder why these guys want so desperately to be with a tranny if they are supposed to be hetero. I tell them that when it comes to tranny-lovers, there are several types…
1. The Porn Aficionado
He’s spent whole weekends fantasizing over the impossible female bodies represented in porn. Then he goes to a club and sees the 36DD-24-42 tranny exposing her store-bought body parts on the dance floor. Concluding that a body like that is built for sex, he assumes that this silicone dream girl is wilder and hornier than anyone from the pages of Hustler. So what if she has a cock? She looks like Pamela Anderson’s over-the-top friend.
2. The Anal Addict
His opening line usually begins: “One time my girlfriend did this thing to me…” He explains that while getting a blow job, his girlfriend’s fingers went straight up his straight behind and into the male G-spot. It was the best orgasm of his life, and soon he was shopping for a respectably-sized dildo at Seduction. Then he started eyeing the shemale escort ads in the back pages of eye Weekly – behind his girlfriend’s back, of course. Continue reading
I did this photo shoot while I was in Montreal at the beginning of June to host a party called Drama Queen at Tribe Hyperclub. (Past hosts of Drama Queen have included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Lepore and Lena Love.) The day before the party I did a video shoot with the Drama Queen crew. This video was projected on massive screens in the club during the party. David J. Romero also took stills during the video shoot, and we turned them into this series of shots.
I was obsessed with the David Lynch films Inland Empire and Mullholland Drive when we shot this. I was definately trying to channel the feeling of some of those female characters in this shoot …also, a bit of Helmut Newton and Bettina Rheims… Thanks to an awesome team for realizing the mise en scene and production elements so fully.
Directed, Produced by Matthew Santoro
Photography by David J. Romero
Styling by Patrick Vimbor
Camera and lighting by Dave Reudelhuber
Vinyl and spandex dress by Marty Rotman of Northbound Leather