From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/fashion/12gimlet.html?scp=2&sq=amos&st=cse
The Gimlet Eye
Giving Voice to the Once-Silent
Deidre Schoo for The New York Times
Amos Mac, left, a founder of Original Plumbing, a San Francisco transmale zine, at work in Brooklyn.
By GUY TREBAY
Published: August 11, 2010
“WE figured we’ll print 500 copies and they’ll take months to sell,” Rocco Kayiatos said the other day, referring to Original Plumbing, a quarterly he started a little over a year ago with a friend, Amos Mac.
“We just thought there was a need because the world is pretty much ignorant of the existence of transmen,” said Mr. Kayiatos, a poet and rapper who performs under the name Katastrophe and who, like Mr. Mac, identifies himself as a transman.
It turned out that Mr. Kayiatos’s assumptions were both right and wrong. It is true that a lot of people remain uninformed, if not about the existence of transmen — to use an umbrella term for someone born female who identifies as male (think of Chaz Bono) — then about the variety of the experiences that fall under the rubric and transmen’s growing cultural presence.
Those people probably don’t live in the Bay Area, where the zine is published, and where transmen have been gathering over the past decade in numbers no official agency has counted. But the scope of the population can be guessed at from its visibility on the local scene.
Continue reading at: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/fashion/12gimlet.html?scp=2&sq=amos&st=cse
I love ‘Zines and Blogs because DIY is the way we have a say in defining ourselves and what is important to us. They are an alternative to the corporate propaganda machines.