I remember seeing Morty Diamond for the first time. He was speaking live at my college, intertwining personal stories with the images of his movies flashed across the big lecture hall screen. He was handsome, a little bit like Jason Schwartzman, and my girlfriends and I swooned as he espoused the benefits of transsexual pornography. Here is the bio he sent me:
"Morty Diamond is a Jewish transsexual writer/ artist/ filmmaker currently living and working in Los Angeles. Morty has edited two anthologies showcasing the trans experience from the perspective of transgender writers: From the Inside Out (Manic D Press) and the forthcoming Gendered Hearts (Alyson Press). Diamond also uses performance art to make gender and trans bodies visible in public spaces. Past pieces include "My Year In Pink," in which he wore head to toe pink everyday for a full year and "Ask A Tranny," where he allowed strangers to ask him questions about transsexuality while sitting at a booth set up in Time Square. He recently performed "Tranny Ramble Tamble" at PS1 in NYC. Perhaps his best known work is the film he produced and directed, Trans Entities. This eye-opening erotic documentary follows a real life trans couple as they explore the intersection between their gender and sexuality. Morty is currently working with trans artist Cooper Lee Bombardier on publishing the first literary and arts magazine focused on the transgender and transsexual community. "
When we made this list, I was sure Morty was included, because I think the art Morty makes is important. He has an uncanny ability to handle the intersection of gender and sexuality with both passion and concern, and to be sensitive without sacrificing the excitement inherent in the erotic.
Luckily for us, he is also keyed into an active community of Jewish transsexual men in the arts, and he made us a list of his 5 favorites:
Glenn Marla – Saucy and fabulous performer who’ll knock your socks off!
Tobaron Waxman – An interdisciplinary time based artist, specializing in performance and digital media.
S. Bear Bergman – Writer and theater artist.
T Cooper – Writer extraordinaire!
Harvey Katz – Rapper and spoken word artist for the band Athens Boys Choir.