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Transgender, gender-nonconforming, nonbinary, crossdressing and androgynous people, and drag queens, inspired and contributed to the fashion industry for years.
That’s why he launched Candy in 2009 — to focus on what he calls transversal people: those who are “defying the outdated rules of gender,” a group for whom clothing and makeup can be quite meaningful.
“I wanted it to be glamorous and the same thing as Vogue magazine is, only focus on a group of people who, at the time, possibly weren’t going to make the cut to be in Vogue,” said Venegas, who is also the magazine’s editor.
Pictured is the cover of “The C☆ndy Book of Transversal Creativity.” Credit: Candy Magazine/Rizzoli New York
One Candy Magazine issue included a 62-page profile on transgender stars such as actress Laverne Cox and Janet Mock. “The C☆ndy Book” features a portion. Credit: Candy Magazine/Rizzoli New York
Trans people have often been portrayed as exotic, perverted and monstrous, Simpson said. “To have a magazine or book showing trans people as glamorous and chic and sexy is really empowering in many ways, and certainly a wake-up call for some people.”
Model, artist and activist Richie Shazam poses on page No. 113 of “The C☆ndy Book of Transversal Creativity.” Credit: Candy Magazine/Rizzoli New York
Celebrating these communities during this year’s International Transgender Day of Visibility and year-round, as well as highlighting their societal and political struggles, is important, Venegas said.
“There’s lots of lack of knowledge in general in all the rest of society,” he said. “The more we know about all kinds of transversal manifestation and all kinds of transversal creativity, the more knowledge (the world will have).”
Add to queue: Understanding transgender people, issues and cultures
Pulling from their experiences as a gender-nonconforming artist, Vaid-Menon depicts gender as a fluid, changeable and creative method of expression in this book for young adults.
A trans activist and formal naval aviator, Tannehill’s handbook is for both people who identify as transgender and those with little knowledge of the community. After learning the meaning of transgender, readers navigate through complex topics such as growing up trans, dating and sex, medical and mental health, and debates around gender and feminism.
Juliet Jacques revealingly recounts her story of growing up and defining herself in a rapidly changing world of gender politics, from her sex reassignment surgery in 2012 to her life as a writer.
“Transgender History” chronologically examines American transgender history through major movements, writings and events — such as the lives of transgender communities in the years following World War II, and the social changes over the next few decades.
In this collection of interviews from King’s podcast “We Want the Airwaves,” the mixed-race queer art activist discusses queer fashion, the politics of Black drag and interning at Playboy with Janet Mock.