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Arts & Community

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Show Me The SELFIE! And The Self Portrait.

Show Me The SELFIE! And The Self Portrait.

Amos Mac

It's that time again! We're in the process of curating the 15th print issue of Original Plumbing. Wow, 15 issues old already! I guess it's suitable that we make the SELFIE issue a reality since, in human years, our magazine is that age. There's...

Exclusive Video Premiere: Quay Dash - "Ain't Gon' Stop It / BKLYN"

Exclusive Video Premiere: Quay Dash - "Ain't Gon' Stop It / BKLYN"

Editor Pick

By Will Brower   Bronx rapper Quay Dash is back with the premiere of her first music video for songs “Ain’t Gon Stop It” and “BKLYN.” Filmed over the course of late summer and fall of 2014, the video offers a look into the life of Cunt Mafia’s youngest...

Trans Time: International Trans Exhibition

Trans Time: International Trans Exhibition

Editor Pick

Curator Ianna Book, in collaboration with Virginie Jourdain and Marie-Claude G. Olivier, will launch the first international trans artist show in Montreal tonight at GALERIE L’ESPACE CRÉATIF. Featuring trans artists from around the world, this incredible show is not to be...

It's Zine Tent Time!

It's Zine Tent Time!

Amos Mac

This will be Original Plumbing's 5th year in attendance at the annual New York Art Book Fair. Find us in the Zine Tent, surrounded by some of the best international queer zines and magazines around.   Printed Matter presents the ninth annual NY...

$HOW TRANS: Elliott DeLine On His Soon-to-be-Released Book

$HOW TRANS: Elliott DeLine On His Soon-to-be-Released Book

Elliott DeLine

Trans author Elliott DeLine's latest book, $how Trans, is a nonfiction novel about sex addiction, sex work, navigating the MSM scene, a trip West, dissociative identity disorder, and the struggle to find love, connection, and self-actualization as a non-binary trans person.    What...

7 New Trans Films You Absolutely Must See

7 New Trans Films You Absolutely Must See

Ewan Duarte

We're finally hitting a stride in the world of trans cinema, and the film community is taking note! Here are my top seven trans-centric feature films that are a must-see. Keep your eyes peeled for these titles if you haven't...

Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry

Surface Difficulty: An Adventure in Reading Trans Poetry

Mitch Kellaway

"Most of the new North American poets I've liked lately share a surface difficulty: they tease or demand or frustrate; they're hard or impossible to paraphrase; and they try not to tell stories." -- Stephen Burt, Close Calls with Nonsense   It’s seemed to...

The Spaces Between #7: An Interview with Poetic Photographer Gavin Logan

The Spaces Between #7: An Interview with Poetic Photographer Gavin Logan

grey doolin

The odds of Gavin and I living in the same (relatively small) city for several years, inhabiting a shared queer community and never meeting are quite small. Alas, it appears we defied the odds. I am disappointed that I never...

Trans Cinema is Here and Now!

Trans Cinema is Here and Now!

Ewan Duarte

It’s about time that a multifaceted and diverse representation of trans themes, stories, and characters that mirror, validate, educate, and empower trans folks are being expressed and seen through the medium of film/media! Trans Cinema is hot, here, and now!...

The Basics

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Patchwork My Genderation Premier: Reuben

Patchwork My Genderation Premier: Reuben

Amos Mac

Photographer, student and barman, Reuben, 19, has been filmed throughout his transition by My Genderation. He left home when he was 16, and when he realised he was male, Reuben says that his whole life started to make sense. After...

Fake Can Be Just As Good

Fake Can Be Just As Good

Francis Mangogna

You see, our entire lives is this mixture of events. The pieces in which we can not control, and it's somewhere around 8 o'clock but I can't tell.  There are no windows and time isn't of any essence when you...

Patchwork My Genderation Premier: Octavian

Patchwork My Genderation Premier: Octavian

Editor Pick

Original Plumbing is honored to present a short film about Octavian, a trans man in London, as an exclusive premier of the Patchwork / My Genderation short film series.    In collaboration with All About Trans, there are 25 short films in total all about gender...

9 Glorious Steps Trans People May Or May Not Take To Pick A Name

9 Glorious Steps Trans People May Or May Not Take To Pick…

Calvin Kasulke

1. Reveling in your unlimited power You’ve officially decided to do the thing — to transition, whatever that means to you, and your old name won’t cut it anymore as you jettison towards your next installment of self. Congrats! You can...

ADAM: A Book Review

ADAM: A Book Review

Mitch Kellaway

When Adam Freedman—a skinny, awkward, inexperienced teenager from Piedmont, California—goes to stay with his older sister Casey in New York City, he is hopeful that his life is about to change. And it sure does. It is the summer of...

Snapshots: Sharing Spaces with Women

Snapshots: Sharing Spaces with Women

Mitch Kellaway

[Snapshot: Bus Station, Summer 2012]: I snap a silly picture of my partner and I embracing as we descend the escalator to the subway. I pass it to her, as usual, to deem it treasure or trash, but she quickly returns...

Culture & Politics

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How To Be A Serial Dater: An Ongoing Series

How To Be A Serial Dater: An Ongoing Series

Arisce Wanzer

Hello Ariscestocrats! I'm feeling generous right now, I'm ready to reveal some of my trade secrets in getting a date! I know what you're thinking, "I don't need any help, I'm just in a rut." Well, news flash boo, "rut"s...

Trans Lifeline: Peer-Driven Social Support

Trans Lifeline: Peer-Driven Social Support

Hale T.

Clinical depression is a very common experience for cis, trans, and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals alike in the United States. Trans and gender non-conforming people, however, seem to experience depression and suicidality at disproportionate rates. Although Time Magazine says we...

My "Trans" May Not Be Your "Trans"

My "Trans" May Not Be Your "Trans"

Mitch Kellaway

Many trans youth are growing up in a world where some concept of "trans" has always existed. This is monumental, life-changing; at least it has been to me.   The fact that I have a common language to discuss being "trans" with...

How to Catch a Catfish

How to Catch a Catfish

Arisce Wanzer

Hello Ariscestocrats! It's been a while, I know! This girl has been hella busy, trust, dating all of Los Angeles has been a full time job! But I'll cut right to the chase, there's no sense in intro's, y'all know...

What the Recent Transsexual Marriage Victory Celebrations Miss

What the Recent Transsexual Marriage Victory Celebrations Miss

Editor Pick

 By Ezra Young   As a community facing some of the highest rates of unemployment, discrimination, violence, and more, we tend to grab ahold of good news wherever we can find it. This year has been better for us than others—Laverne Cox...

Tranarchy in the UK

Tranarchy in the UK

Editor Pick

By Jade Fernandez   What I've often forgotten is that when I log out of tumblr (log out of tumblr – what's that?), the trans scene over here isn't like the US. In many ways, the UK in comparison is pretty behind...

Welcome To The Friend Zone

Welcome To The Friend Zone

Arisce Wanzer

Hi Ariscestocrats! Have you missed me? I swear "The Boy Who Cried Love" trilogy will continue, but first, a little lesson on the touchy subject that is "The Friend Zone."   What is "The Friend Zone," you ask? And yeah, I know...

Chocolate Milk or Underwear Parties?

Chocolate Milk or Underwear Parties?

Will Krisanda

My father swears that the key to fix a broken heart is in the milk. Drinking chocolate milk is supposed to have a similar chemical effect on the body as falling in love, according to him. “Get out the chocolate milk,”...

The Boy Who Cried "Love" - Part II

The Boy Who Cried "Love" - Part II

Arisce Wanzer

Ariscestocrats! How was everybody's Pride month? Did you see me in the "What's The T?" section of the parade in San Fransisco? Oh, you didn't? The shade of it all!    Who's ready for the second part of Mr. Ryan's mysterious tryst...

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