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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders III-5:

Gender variance is not a psychiatric disease; it is a human variation that in some cases requires medical attention. For the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, because there is no other medical diagnosis available for transgender people to seek reimbursement of medical expenses under, we recommended that some version of gender dysphoria appear in DSM-5 as a stop-gap measure. There is a continuing need for the medical and insurance industries to update their procedures for reimbursement so that gender dysphoria can be removed entirely in the future. Yet, we must understand that as long as transgender identities are understood through a “disease” framework, transgender people will suffer from unnecessary abuse and discrimination from both inside and outside the medical profession. As long as gender variance is characterized by the medical field as a mental condition, transgender people will find their identities invalidated by claims that they are “mentally ill,” and therefore not able to speak objectively about their own identities and lived experiences. This has even been used to justify discrimination against transgender people, such as in child custody cases, discrimination in hiring/workplace practices, or justifying them to be mentally unfit to serve in the military. Even more alarming is the high rate of children—and adults— who will continue to be forcibly subjected to abusive “reparative” therapies designed to “cure” them of gender variance. While the “Gender Identity Disorder” framework of the DSM-IV did have some usefulness for accessing care, there is significant evidence that it has been gravely abused since its creation as a way to subject gender-variant children and adults to damaging “reparative” treatments against their will. (2020)*

This is the closing week of the Diamond Stingily, Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), Bri Williams group show in New York. See link below for details.


Through March 27.

Queer Thoughts

373 Broadway, #C9, New York City.

From top: Bri Williams, Prometheus, 2021, ceramic, wax, bra; Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), Eve’s/Adam’s Apple (Adam’s Apple is a lump of cartilage that sticks out from the throat) (symbol of banishment) (clocked by my large Eve’s/Adam’s Apple) (Eve’s Apple) (Bitten), 2020, apple; Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), How many ribs does it take to make a trans Eve? How many ribs does it take to make a trans womxn? How many ribs does it take to make a trans person?, 2020, real human ribs; Diamond Stingily, Orgasms Happened Here, 2021, closet doors, shelf, hardware, towels; Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), *see opening paragraph; Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), download takeaway PDF; Bri Williams, The Roses That Grew From Concrete, 2021, soap, resin, roses. Images courtesy and © the artists and Queer Thoughts.


In conjunction with the exhibition NOT I—THROWING VOICES (1500 BCE–2020 CE), LACMA presents a new video, installation, and performance work by Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo): Performance–Trans, Transfeminine, Femme, Trans Womxn, Trans Women, Gender Non-Conforming, Non-Binary, Genderqueer, and Two-Spirit people (Dedicated to Camila María Concepción—Rest In Peace).

In addition to the artist, the performance features Jerome AB, Cielo Oscuro, Bamby Salcedo, Davia Spain, and Bri Williams. See link below for viewing information about this online event.



Thursday, November 12, at 5 pm (PST) through Sunday, November 15, at 1 pm (PST).

Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), from top: Realistic Androids for Hospitals in Japan (audio “Kanzi the Ape Speaking Through a Lexigram Keyboard”), 2020, digital video with sound, courtesy of the artist, commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Anxiety, Depression & Triggers, Balice Hertling, June 6, 2019–July 20, 2019, installation views (3). Images © Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), courtesy of the artist, LACMA, and Balice Hertling.


What does a feminist exhibition on masculinity look like? This was the question asked by curators Eva Birkenstock, Michelle Cotton, and Nikola Dietrich while organizing MASKULINITÄTEN, their three-part exhibition now open in Bonn, Cologne, and Düsseldorf.

The Bonn section—curated by Cotton, head of Artistic Programmes and Content at Mudam, Luxembourg—includes work by Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Alexandra Bircken, Patricia L. Boyd, Jana Euler, Hal FischerEunice Golden, Richard Hawkins, Jenny Holzer, Hudinilson Jr., Allison Katz, Mahmoud Khaled, Hilary Lloyd, Sarah Lucas, Robert Morris, D’Ette Nogle, Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo), Bea Schlingelhoff, and Anita Steckel.

The Cologne section—curated by Dietrich, director of the Kölnischer Kunstverein—includes Georgia Anderson & David Doherty & Morag Keil & Henry Stringer, Louis Backhouse, Olga Balema, Gerry Bibby, Juliette Blightman, Anders Clausen, Enrico David, Jonathas de Andrade, Jimmy DeSana, Hedi El Kholti, Hilary Lloyd, Shahryar Nashat, Carol Rama, Bea Schlingelhoff, Heji Shin, Evelyn Taocheng Wang, Carrie Mae Weems, Marianne Wex, Martin Wong, and Katharina Wulff.

The presentation in Düsseldorf—curated by Birkenstock, director of the Kunstverein for the Rheinland and Westfalen, Düsseldorf—features the work of Vito Acconci, The Agency, Keren Cytter, Vaginal Davis, Nicole Eisenman, Andrea Fraser, keyon gaskin with Samiya Bashir, sidony o’neal & Adee Roberson, Philipp GuflerAnnette Kennerley, Sister Corita Kent, Jürgen Klauke, Jutta Koether, Tetsumi Kudo, Klara LidénHenrik Olesen, D.A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Josephine Pryde, Lorenzo Sandoval, Julia Scher, Agnes Scherer, Bea Schlingelhoff, Katharina Sieverding, Nancy Spero, and Evelyn Taocheng Wang.

MASKULINITÄTEN will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Koenig Books, with contributions by—among others—CAConrad, Nelly Gawellek, Chris Kraus, Quinn Latimer, Kerstin Stakemeier, Marlene Streeruwitz, and Änne Söll.


Through November 24.

Bonner Kunstverein

Hochstadenring 22, Bonn.

Kölnischer Kunstverein

Hahnenstrasse 6, Cologne.

Kunstverein Düsseldorf

Grabbeplatz 4, Düsseldorf.

Maskulinitäten, a co-operation of the Bonner Kunstverein, Kölnischem Kunstverein, and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, September 1–November 24, 2019. Cologne installation photographs by Mareike Tocha, except second from top and fourth from bottom, by Katja Illner. Images courtesy and © the artists, the institutions, and the photographers.