Is “trannie” a “four-letter word”?

Don’t worry, I can count–yes, trannie is literally a seven-letter word.  But is it also, more figuratively, a “four-letter” word, a word with the profanity-level of the “F-word” or the history and toxicity of the “N-word”? Since Christian Siriano’s repeated use  of the word “trannie” on Project Runway and SNL’s subsequent parodies of him and … Continue reading Is “trannie” a “four-letter word”?

In NYC and Free on Monday 3/22? Check out Nick Mwaluko’s “S/He”

Since reading and posting about Nick Mwaluko’s play S/He a few weeks ago, I’ve had the pleasure of corresponding with him and learning more about his work and upcoming events.  For those of you just tuning in and/or unfamiliar with Nick and his fine work, he is an F to M transgendered playwright. He was … Continue reading In NYC and Free on Monday 3/22? Check out Nick Mwaluko’s “S/He”

Nick Mwaluko’s “S/HE” and Some Thoughts on (Cross-)Gender Casting

S/HE S/HE, by Tanzanian born, Kenyan raised, playwright Nanno “Nick” Mwaluko, is a brave exploration of a 17-year old Black woman’s journey as she transitions sartorially and then surgically from female to male. The play opens with a school playground scene that foregrounds Sam(antha)’s difference from her female classmates and her insistence that “I’m not no … Continue reading Nick Mwaluko’s “S/HE” and Some Thoughts on (Cross-)Gender Casting