The idea of this book arose during a nail painting lesson between two lifelong friends, Ira Baumgarten and Tom Toni Parker. Tom began exploring gender and dress in new ways and shared this version of himself with Ira. These conversations about nail painting, dressing up but not leaving the house and preconceived ideas of masculinity led to Ira’s realization that Tom’s story — along with the stories of so many others today — needed to be heard. It is the simple act of listening that can bridge wide channels between people. The book’s collaborative magic began when Ira called his mentee and friend, Jenny.
Photographer and body artist Jenny Zander worked with seven artists to depict their connections with self, land, and imagination. These photographs are accompanied by words generously offered by each artist in both poetry and prose.
This book seeks to offer a loving mirror of celebration and inquiry for the parts of ourselves that are curious, that seek to expand the shapeshifter in all of us. For those who were raised in traditional views of gender, who want to better understand this journey, may this book be a safe bridge to cross in the search for knowing. Furthermore, may this book be an offering at the altar of care for all people. Access to care has been long overdue for the queer and trans community. We all deserve access to healthcare, freedom, and expression.
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Shapeshifters honors the deep connections between the body, land, and queer wisdom. The strength of these connections manifests as the courage to separate from predetermined ideals of gender, to surrender and embark on a sacred journey of self-realization. Shapeshifters is a celebration of this journey.
Why do we focus on gender as the playground for liberation? To play with gender is to play with power, to actively shift the violent dynamics of colonization, white supremacy, and other systems of oppression that rely on seemingly unchangeable gender norms. To honor the wisdom of transgender people is to honor our capacity for change. To integrate trans wisdom into our lives is to intensely experience a resurgence of curiosity, love, and hope.
MY THOUGHTS IN A BUNDLE
My Thoughts in a Bundle, written by Dominique Miller, is a collection of original poems accompanied by Jenny Zander's photographs. The poems encourage one to embrace the beauty of nature, find the beauty within yourself and to share this with others.
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