Felix Gonzalez-Torres “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) 1991
“This installation is an allegorical portrait of the artist’s partner, Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. The 175 pounds of candy can be seen to correspond to Laycock’s ideal body weight. Adult visitors are invited to take a piece of candy; the diminishing pile parallels Laycock’s weight loss prior to his death. The museum can choose to replenish the pile, metaphorically ensuring Laycock perpetual life, or to let the pile disappear over time.”
Submit your questions for a new Issue Time on transgender body positivity!
You can submit questions here until Wednesday 2/22. Answers will be posted on Refinery29′s tumblr Saturday 2/25. Anyone is welcome to participate, but we especially want to help transgender and nonbinary people of all genders.
And now, meet our panelists…
Rylan Jay Testa, Ph.D., Psychology Professor
Dr. Rylan Jay Testa is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Rhodes College and the Director of the Health Behavior and Disparities Lab. Dr. Testa is a clinical psychologist and transgender man whose research focuses on understanding and preventing self-destructive health-related behaviors, such as suicide, eating disorders, and substance abuse in marginalized communities.
Daniel Friedman, Founder of Bindle & Keep
Daniel Friedman is founder of Bindle & Keep, a NYC-based custom suit company serving all gender identities. He also costars in the HBO film SUITED which follows the stories of five gender nonconforming people in their journey to wear clothes that accurately reflect the way they feel.
Justice Roe Williams, Executive Director of BodyImage4Justice & Fitness Coach for JusticeBodies
Justice Roe Williams is a published poet originally from Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is a founding Director of BodyImage4Justice (BI4J), an holistic wellness and fitness program for the LGBTQ community that primarily focuses on Trans Bodies. Prior to his work at BI4J, Justice organized to free political prisoners for low income communities and young people in the South End, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and Roxbury areas of Boston.
Aydian Dowling, CEO of Point5cc and Point of Pride
Aydian Dowling is a Transgender Activist and Entrepreneur, owner of Point5cc Clothing and President/Founder of Point of Pride, Non Profit. Aydian has documented his transition since 2009 via his Youtube Channel, ALionsFears, and is most commonly known to be the first Transgender Man on the cover of the worlds biggest mens magazine, Men’s Health.
Precious Davis, Diversity & Inclusion at Columbia College Chicago and LGBTQ Activist
Precious Davis is lauded nationally as an award winning diversity professional, social justice facilitator, and educator. She currently is the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, her alma mater from which she received a BA in Liberal Arts. Precious currently implements and oversees the Campus Wide Diversity Initiative and is the first woman of color to hold this position.
Davis finds deep meaning in engaging individuals in conversations surrounding bias, bigotry, and prejudice in their communities on the basis and belief that humans can coexist with one another positively through the embracing of each other’s differences and the celebrating of each others human diversity. With over 15 years of diversity training, leadership development, and social justice education experience Precious is a highly demanded speaker and panelist who has been featured at: The University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The University of Michigan, The Chicago Community Trust, Reed College, Hampshire College, and Loyola University Chicago.
Pictures To Be Read / Poetry To Be Seen, Exhibition catalogue, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1967. Works by S. Arakawa, G. Baruchello, M. Bauermeister, G. Brecht, O. Fahlström, R. Johnson, A. Kaprow, R.B. Kitaj, A. Knowles, J. Nutt, G. E. Simonetti, W. Vostell