Many times I have seen this woman.I have seen her in the clubs and bars on Oxford Street chatting up the girls with spiked hair and tattoos. I have seen her on King Street enjoying a meal with friends. I have seen her in the suburbs mowing the lawn or barbecuing the snags. I have seen her walking arm in arm with her lover along the foreshore in Balmain. I have seen her respond with anger and despair at the wonton behavior of those who cannot comprehend.mI have seen him casting a furtive glance before slipping into the men’s room on the station platform. I have seen him with his partner working hard to raise a family. I have seen him playing proudly with his children in the park. I have seen him embrace his pain to find peace in his life. I have seen the torment of his gender dysphoria. A transgender man he may be. A fraud he is not.
Participant – E Riley Gender Centre Sydney Australia 2006
Paula Kaye and I saw this sign outside the toilets at Town Hall Station, Sydney. I took a snapshot of it and it has found its home in an exhibition about men. It is an important image to place within this exhibition as gender cannot be defined or constrained by an either/or philosophy.
Photographer – Belinda Mason, 2006