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: February 2011
This is a photo of a crowd, in place of the photos we didn’t manage to take at Bristol Central Library on Friday night. Normally, Dru would have expected to snap some Martin Parr-style pics, but we were swept off … Continue reading
Richard and I will be at Bristol Central Library on Friday, reading from Becoming Drusilla, and talking, and answering questions, and otherwise making it up as we go along. Should be fun. And the cafe there does good coffee, too. … Continue reading
There were three supernatural creatures round where we lived in Wales. Well, at least three that I know of. One was a bit of a celebrity; the Pwca’r Trwyn, who has suffered sadly at the hands of the folklorists- “A … Continue reading
Changing hats, Mr Benn-like, we find that cyclists too have a uniform; figure-hugging lycra, pointy streamlined helmet, bright yellow wrap-round safety glasses, and so on. I passed one of these cyclists last week, on my way through Ashton Court, and … Continue reading
Next week (or yesterday, or last week, or lost in time, depending on when you read this) there will be an article in Bristol’s excellent Venue magazine about our Being Drusilla blog. This is a good thing, as one of … Continue reading
More work in progress. I’ve had quite a useful week. Celebrated by cycling out into Somerset, as yesterday was bright and sunny. Snowdrops everywhere, and mistle thrushes throwing their voices across the valleys, as they like to do. I listened … Continue reading