In 2008 we published a book called Becoming Drusilla, words by Richard and pictures by Dru, which is the story of our friendship, and how we both lived Dru’s transition after she decided on gender reassignment.
An important part of what we learned is that the transgender story, for the sake of a recognisable narrative, is often misrepresented. Certainly Dru’s experience doesn’t conform to standard ideas of ‘before’ and ‘after’. That’s why we’ve made Being Drusilla, because the operation isn’t the end of the story.
We're still friends. Sometimes we think about transgender issues, and sometimes we don’t. Becoming Drusilla, as a book, is now an accepted resource for anyone unexpectedly involved in a transgender story. We hope Being Drusilla is equally welcoming, but in a clickable way. Life goes on. And that's a fact.
Monthly Archives: December 2010
It’s a bit of a messy time of the year, the bits between Solstice, Christmas and the New Year. The fridge is full of opportunistically-bought reduced-price stuff, including a large piece of steak that I thought “well, it’s a shame … Continue reading
Young K has been dyeing her hair and cultivating a fringe. We rarely manage to establish eye contact these days. “You look like a Gonk,” I said. ” What’s a Gonk?” Sometimes, I feel very old. I felt even older … Continue reading
Christmas is hard to ignore, as I realised long ago when I tried to ignore it and ended up depressed. And it can be quite a lonely time, if you let it. I was determined not to let it. … Continue reading
here’s one I prepared earlier I was up on the roof bright and early to see what I could see of the lunar eclipse. Zilch. There was a faint glow behind the clouds where the full moon was. The robins … Continue reading
Shout Out on BCfm were featuring ‘coming out’ stories this week, so I sent something in, and, since it involves haircuts (or fear of involuntary haircuts) and my friend Jenny has been talking about hair-related stuff over on her blog, … Continue reading
The car exhaust started making a wheezy noise the other day. A few miles later (I’ve been bimbling around Bristol getting stuff for picture framing) it started sounding a bit like a doodlebug. You can hear what a doodlebug sounds … Continue reading
…is the LGBT slot on BCfm, the community radio station in Bristol. I was down there on Thursday evening, talking with Jayne Chard about Becoming Drusilla and other stuff. Which included me miming an egret. Funny how these things work … Continue reading
On Tuesday we had the launch party for The Case Of The Curious Crow at Bristol Zoo. It was a good evening, and was nicely described here. Some people expressed an interest in prints of my illustrations. So, as I’ve … Continue reading