There is currently no magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of transgender artists and writers. That is about to change. Three artists have come together to form Bodies of Work, a literary and arts magazine intended to celebrate diverse visions and understandings of the transgender community. The founders and editors of the magazine – Cooper Lee Bombardier, Morty Diamond and Annie Danger – plan to publish on the web, with 3 print magazines available per year. They are currently accepting submissions for the first issue of the magazine on their website through April 10. Submissions may include prose, poetry, interviews, songs, sound art, movies, video art and graphic files.
Bodies of Work was born in part out of Morty’s frustration with the publishing world after he was told time and again by publishers that transgender literature was not “commercially viable.” Morty comments on the importance of ensuring transgender voices are heard, saying, “I am a firm believer that ART SAVES LIVES. I know it has saved mine. We want Bodies of Work to be a hub where all trans people can see what other trans people are working on. We want to inspire and be inspired by our collective voice through all genres of art and literature.”
Morty is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. He has previously published two anthologies of trans writing and directed two films focusing on transgender issues. Cooper is an artist and performer, who has performed and lectured nationwide and is currently writing and illustrating his first novel. Finally, Annie is an artist, activist and performer who works in live media.
Morty, Annie and Cooper hope that their magazine will introduce a wide audience to the underrepresented viewpoints of transgender artists and writers. To submit a piece of work, read the guidelines and fill out the submission form, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your piece and a short biography of yourself. GLAAD applauds the magazine editors' efforts to highlight the voices of the transgender, transsexual and gender non-conforming communities, and will continue to provide updates on this groundbreaking project.