Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture (Feminist Press)

When Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos first launched Original Plumbing in 2009, they created a magazine the world desperately needed: a creative and celebratory biannual publication about trans men, by trans men. For ten years, OP was an inspired response to the lack of meaningful representation of trans lives and culture. Each issue was filled with gorgeous, moving, hilarious, and sexy narratives that pushed back against marginalizing stereotypes. Taken together, these stories met mainstream media’s violence with self-love, dismissal with determination, and repression with resistance.

Collecting the best of the magazine’s entire twenty-issue run, Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture is a remarkable full-color archive that includes interviews with trailblaz- ers like Janet Mock and Silas Howard; cutting-edge artwork and photography; meditations on love, relationships, and family; political essays and personal reflections; and much, much more.

Amos Mac is a writer, artist, and producer based in Los Angeles. His photography has been featured in The New York Times, Interview, Vogue Italia, Capricious, Dazed, and OUT

Rocco Kayiatos is a writer, organizer, educator, and former hip hop artist (stage name Katastrophe) based in Los Angeles. He was the head of the video education department at Buzzfeed and continues to produce content in the new media space.

The evening will also feature the following:

Michelle Tea is the author of several books, including the novels Black WaveRose of No Man’s Land, and Mermaid in Chelsea Creek; the children’s book Astro Babies; and the nonfiction books Against Memoir and How to Grow Up. A prolific literary organizer in queer and feminist communities, she founded RADAR Productions and Drag Queen Story Hour. Tea is the curator of the Amethyst Editions imprint at the Feminist Press.

Alex Blue Davis is an American actor and singer/songwriter. He is best know known for his role as Dr. Casey Parker on Grey's Anatomy, the first recurring trans masculine character played by a trans man on Primetime TV. Davis is also known for his music, having toured nationally and released a number of albums, including his recent EP, Songs for Surgery. He is on Instagram and Twitter as @alexbluedavis.

Texas Isaiah’s work explores gender, race, and sexuality by inviting the sitter to participate in the photographic process. the invitation constructs a space to begin and continue collaborative visual dialogues about legacy, self-empowerment, emotional justice, protection, and topophilia (the affective bond between people and place). He is invested in the possibilities of what it can mean to be seen, loved, and cared for when you have your photograph taken. He is on Instagram as @KingTexas and Twitter as @TexasIsaiah.

Emerson Whitney is the author of Heaven (McSweeny’s 2020) and Ghost Box (Timeless Infinite Light 2014). Emerson teaches in the BFA creative writing program at Goddard College and is the David and Dana Dornsife Teaching Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Emerson is on Twitter as @emersonwhitney_ .

Ryan Cassata is an award winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, writer, LGBTQ activist & motivational speaker based in Los Angeles. Ryan Cassata is on Twitter as @ROCassataMusic on Twitter.

Praise for Original Plumbing:

“Over the course of its ten-year run, Original Plumbing made thousands of us and trans people laugh, cry, and gasp out loud. This is how we talked each other, inspired each other, and gave each other the strength to keep fowon living outside the box. This collection is an invaluable, unapologetic barchive Jvof a multiplicity of queer and trans experiences.” —Kate Bornstein, author of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us

Original Plumbing did the Lord’s work of documenting and proliferating the stories of trans men and transmasculine folks. This book is so much more than a retrospective; it is a testament. Rocco and Amos have preserved a brilliant, precious slice of trans history that will be revered and cherished for generations to come.”Jacob Tobia, author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story

Event date: 
Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture Cover Image
By Amos Mac (Editor), Rocco Kayiatos (Editor), Tiq Milan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781936932597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amethyst Editions - June 11th, 2019