Trans-masculine arts and expression in the Bay Area

Jun 20, 2011

Host: Joseph Pace

Producer: Yumi Wilson 

San Francisco has been awash with rainbow flags in anticipation of this week’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride celebrations. Highlights include the Frameline film festival and a trio of events at week’s end including the Dyke March followed by the Pink Saturday celebration in the Castro and Sunday’s Pride March down Market Street.

But more than 40 years after the Stonewall riots in New York City signaled the start of the modern day LGBT rights movement, what questions remain about LGBT identity and the community’s place in the larger society?

What’s the current discourse within the LGBT community about the LGBT community---where’s it’s been, where it’s going— both together and divided?

In this hour, we focus on an often under-reported part of the LGBT acronym by talking about the "T" or transgender identity---specifically trans-masculine identity through the voices of three trans male Bay Area artists who have been grappling with ideas about masculinity and manhood in their work.


  • Eli Conley is an indie folk singer/songwriter. As a gay transgender man with Virginia roots, Eli's songs address traditional folk music themes such as love and connection to the natural world with a queer bent.
  • Joshua Klipp is a jazz singer, inspired by the classics of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, and Chet Baker. Putting his own spin on music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Klipp creates a whole new expression of a genre built on old-school masculinity.
  •  Nick Krieger is a writer, using words, story, and humor to express identities that exist beyond the gender binary. His new memoir, Nina Here Nor There: My Journey Beyond Gender, explores the middle ground between man and woman, offering a new take on the standard transgender narrative.City Visions