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Article - Open Access

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Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies

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Abstract/ Summary

In 2009, Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos, two transgender men, created Original Plumbing (OP) magazine, in an effort to “[document] diversity within trans male lifestyles through photographic portraits, essays, personal narratives and interviews.” In this essay, I argue that OP becomes a platform from which to understand the relational performance of transmale life. The magazine provides a foundation for transmen to take ownership of self-determination by constructing identity through a non-heteronormative framework, made possible through the queer worldmaking practices of an exclusively FTM (female- to-male) space. Throughout this essay, I critique what the magazine elects to value as “diversity,” tackling necessary questions about the politics of class and race in the transmasculine community. Building on the important work of queer of color critique, I highlight the ways in which OP both does and does not provide an intersectional account of trans lives.