"Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye". A film by Marie Losier


Did you know that The New York Times declared 2010 as the year of transsexualism? Do you think this statement has channeled more initiatives through contemporary art? Transgender is a term that refers to individuals, groups or behaviors involving tendencies to vary from culturally conventional gender roles. Any manifestation of contemporary art involving transsexuality, transvestism, the androgyny, the genderqueer, cross-dressing, the Drag Queens or Kings, will use the term: transgender.

Weart argues that education, tolerance and respect for diversity, are the best strategies to end homophobia, transphobia and the bifobia… and the better way to fight this battle is through Contemporary Art.

The World Health Organization (WHO) removed homosexuality from the list of “disorders” on May 17th in 1990. Since then, Spain commemorates every year this important day, and the State Federation of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual (FELGTB) celebrates it, with events in different cities and presents the “Whips and Feathers” Awards, to all of those who are considered to be detractors and defenders of the Rights of the collective.

A wonderful example:

"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye", 2011. Genesis, the frontman of Gristle and Psychic TV, and Lady Jaye felt in love. The couple began a series of surgical procedures towards physical equity. Today they form a "Pandrogyn" (a single entity split into two bodies). A love story, a particular transgender anecdote.