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.
Author Archives: Richard
I don’t know what to make of the video Equals, released today for International Women’s Day. The two-minute short has Daniel Craig in a dress to publicise gender inequalities that continue to exist around the world. I understand the publicity … Continue reading
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
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
Banter. It’s an interesting word, because as Dru was saying, it sounds fun but there can be a stone inside the snowball, a spider in the cup. However, this shouldn’t mean a ban on days of snowballing and wine. Banter can … Continue reading
To writers and editors, a style-sheet sets the rules. All the major publishing houses and newspapers have their own, and these style-sheets offer absolute truths about whether to capitalise the west country, or use italics for HMS Dreadnought. None of … Continue reading
You just never know what the cornflakes will bring. Transsexual Scrabble player crowned as British national champion says the Guardian this morning: ‘Transsexual Mikki Nicholson, who only began playing Scrabble five years ago, beats opponent Mark Nyman to take British … Continue reading