Loren Rex Cameron ….. The process of changing …. Transgender!


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~~February 2, 2014~~

Loren Rex Cameron (born 1959) is an American photographer, author and transsexual activist. His work includes portraiture and self-portraiture which consist of lesbian and transsexual bodies in both clothed and nude form.

Cameron’s photography captures images of the transsexual body that “provide an affirming visual resource for transgendered people and to demystify the transsexual body for the non-transgendered viewer.”

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From the age of 16, Cameron was sexually and socially identifying as a lesbian. It was in 1987 that Cameron began his transition from female to male. He began his photography career in 1993 as he documented his process of becoming a man. As Cameron began to take pictures of his own transformation, he began to photograph other transsexuals.

His work includes portraiture and self-portraiture which consist of lesbian and transsexual bodies. Heralded as groundbreaking and stunning, his book Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits has been regarded as a seminal contribution. It has been critically acclaimed worldwide and in 1996 received numerous certificates of recognition, including two Lambda Literary awards.

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~~Biography~~

Loren Rex Cameron was born in Pasadena, California in 1959. He moved to rural Arkansas in 1969 after his mother’s death, where he lived as a self-described tomboy on his father’s farm. By the age of sixteen, Cameron identified both sexually and socially as a lesbian and encountered homophobic hostility in the small town where he lived. At this time, Cameron quit school and left his home to travel the country seeking work as a construction laborer and other blue collar employment.

In 1979, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where he identified socially with the lesbian community until the age of twenty-six, when he confronted his dissatisfaction with the female body with which he was born.

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Cameron’s interest in photography coincided with the beginning of his physical changes as he documented his own physiological transition from female to male at this time. Despite his lack of formal training, beginning in 1993 Cameron studied the rudiments of photography and began to compassionately photograph the transsexual community.

Since 1994, he has given lectures on his work at universities, educational conferences and art institutes.

By 1995, Cameron’s photographs had been shown in solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Minneapolis, a Los Angeles.

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~~Works~~

Loren Rex Cameron’s photography and writing was first published by Cleis Press in 1996. Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits, documented Cameron’s personal experience of transition from female to male, his life as a man, and the everyday lives of transmen he knew. Body Alchemy was received with much positive acclaim and became a double 1996 Lambda Literary Award winner. It remains his most well-known work to date, though he has since published other photographic works.

Cameron’s images have been exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, in Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and in Mexico City, Mexico. They have been published in numerous books such as Transgender Warriors (Leslie Feinberg, 1996) and Constructing Masculinity: Discussions in Contemporary Culture (Routledge, 1995), as well as in various magazines.

He has also posed for photographers such as Daniel Nicoletta, Amy Arbus, and Howard Shatz.

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Cameron lectures throughout the United States at universities and other venues, including Smith College, Harvard, Cornell, Brown, the University of California at Berkeley, Penn State, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In May 2008, Cameron presented his work at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. On television, he has been profiled on the Discovery Health Channel‘s LGBT-themed one-hour special Sex Change: Him to Her, on the National Geographic Channel‘s “TabooSexual Identity” series. He has also been interviewed in the magazine, The New Yorker. Cameron’s photographs document the lives and bodies of both transsexual men and women, providing positive, beautiful images of transgendered people.

His first published works (Body Alchemy and Man Tool: The Nuts and Bolts of Female-to-Male Surgery) consists largely of self-portraits, FTM body modifications, and portraits of other female to male transsexuals. More recently published work is a diverse and unprecedented representation of both female and male transsexuals, portraits and classical nudes (Body Photographs by Loren Cameron Volume 1 and 2, and Cameron Correspondence 1997-2003, Taller Experimental Cuerpos Pintados 2003).

A photographic project focuses on the sexuality of gay FTMs.

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~~Awards, honors, and recognitions~~

  • Lambda Literary Award, Inaugural Transgender Category, 1997
  • Lambda Literary Award, Small Press Category, 1997
  • Lambda Literary Award Nominee, Best Photography Category, 1997
  • Inaugural Pride Award FTM Intl., 1997
  • Lambda Literary Award, 1996

~~Quote~~

  • “What was initially a crude documentation of my own personal journey quickly evolved into an impassioned mission. Impulsively, I began to photograph other transsexuals that I knew, feeling compelled to make images of their emotional and physical triumphs. I was fueled by my need to be validated and wanted, in turn, to validate them. I wanted the world to see us, I mean, really see us.”

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~~Sources/Related Articles~~

http://futurescopes.com/transgender/10440/10-men-who-were-born-female

http://www.oddee.com/item_98038.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loren_Cameron?action=render

http://genderoutlaw.wordpress.com/2008/02/26/body-alchemy-transsexual-portraits-by-loren-cameron/

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BODY ALCHEMY: TRANSSEXUAL PORTRAITS
Photographs by Loren Cameron
From it’s striking cover, Body Alchemy grabs you and won’t let go until you’ve delved into the mysteries revealed by beautiful photographs and succinct text presented in a tastefully artful setting. This is, quite simply, a gorgeous book, on a subject so unconventional it boggles the mind. Caught within it’s pages, held lovingly and presented honestly, without undue trappings, are the boldest of a new generation of transsexual men. These are people born into “female” bodies, who are living as men at least some of the time, and changing their bodies to suit their desires. Just as bodybuilders sculpt their bodies to fit their personal aesthetic, so too do transsexuals mold their bodies around an ideal, though for these folks the ideal is not about muscle or fitness, but rather gender.Photographer Loren Cameron also serves as a subject for about one third of the book. He is obviously a man who works out, and his body as photographed is about as pleasing as I can imagine, for that of a man. His animal-like tattoos create an effect like that of a caged beast, virile and potent. On the cover, he is posed in what I took at first to be a “muscle man” pose, but which, on closer inspection, turned out to be a shot of him injecting himself with a syringe in the upper buttock. What at first appeared a pose, becomes instead a riveting testimony to both suffering and strength. It also establishes a level of tension that heightens the subject matter.Loren makes a fascinating subject. In some of the shots he seems fierce, projecting determination and anger. He admits to the anger that rises so easily as a result of the testosterone injections, of more frequent fights, of the struggle to contain the beast within. He writes engagingly of his relationships and feelings, and left me wanting more. He avoids self-indulgence, instead showing the many faces of a whole, healthy person.

Full read/Full Credit for this section: http://www.gendertalk.com/articles/oped/bodyalch.shtml

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~~Loren Rex Cameron is not the only one~~

This is a reality which occurs more frequently that we think. It may be now that is discussed as openly as you see here.

Still the stigma of this “condition” continues unabated.

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Here is a video and list of world famous men who were born female.

~~World Famous Men, who were born as female~~

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~~Published on Oct 2, 2012~~

~World Famous Men who born as female~

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~~Balian Buschbaum~~

Balian Buschbaum was born in 1980 as Yvonne Buschbaum, and he is a former German pole vaulter. Though he was the second best female pole vaulter in Germany, in 2007 Buschbaum announced his retirement due to a persistent injury. He also expressed his desire to begin gender reassignment therapy. In 2008 he officially changed his name and underwent gender reassignment surgery to become a man.

~~Buck Angel~~

Adult film maker and transsexual Buck Angel is an icon in the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. Buck was the 2007 winner of the Adult Video News Award “Transsexual Performer of the Year”. He currently works as an advocate, educator, lecturer and writer, and runs his own production company.

~~Loren Cameron~~

Loren Rex Cameron is an American photographer, author and transsexual activist. His work includes portraiture and self-portraiture which consist of lesbian and transsexual bodies; he documented his own physiological transition from female to male. Cameron’s photography captures images of the transsexual body that “provide an affirming visual resource for transgendered people and to demystify the transsexual body for the non-transgendered viewer.”

~~Ian Harvie~~

American Ian Harvie is a stand-up comedian who often uses his transsexuality as material in his act. He has performed with Margaret Cho and many other notable celebrities and is a well-known fixture in the LGBT pop culture community

~~Lucas Silveira~~

Born in Canada in 1979, Lucas Silveira made history being the first openly-trans man to be in a rock band which was signed by a major record label. Silveira is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for The Cliks, he has also released a new solo album which is available now.

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~~Katastrophe~~

Rocco Kayiatos is known as Katastrophe, an American hip-hop rapper and producer. Kayiatos is widely credited as the first openly transgender singer in the hip-hop genre.

~~Thomas Beatie~~

Thomas Beatie gained international attention for being the one of the world’s most visible “pregnant” men. Born female, Beatie lived his life as a woman until his mid-twenties. He then began taking male hormone therapy but decided to retain his female sex organs so that he and his wife, who could not conceive herself, could have children together using donor sperm. Beatie has since had three children and is back on his male hormones.

~~Ryan Sallans~~

Ryan Sallans was born as Kimberly Ann Sallans, and he is now a LGBT rights advocate and public speaker who travels the U.S. to educate people about transgender issues and changes to the health care system. He underwent his transformation from female to male over the course of several years and completed his transition in 2005. Sallans has been featured on “Larry King Live!” and the LOGO channel, as well as countless magazines and other publications.

~~Andreas Krieger~~

Andreas Krieger was a German shot putter who competed as a woman on the East German athletics team. From his early teens he was given anabolic steroids without his knowledge, which lead him to become more and more masculine in appearance and attitude. Krieger retired from the sport in 1990 and underwent sex reassignment surgery in 1997, and he has publicly said that he wishes he hadn’t been drugged so that he could have discovered for himself what his gender preference was

~~Chaz Bono~~

Chaz Bono was born Chastity Bono, the daughter of famous American performers Sonny and Cher. Raised in the public eye, Chastity came out as a lesbian when she was 25 before realizing that she was actually a transgender. Chaz underwent a sex change operation over the course of two years and is now happily living his life as a man. Chaz went on to be a contestant on the hit television show, Dancing With The Stars.

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We ALL are ONE!!

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We ALL come from SOURCE!! 

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44 thoughts on “Loren Rex Cameron ….. The process of changing …. Transgender!

  1. I have one comment to make, this is NOT meant to be negative, but more as by way of education. One is never “transgendered,” but rather “transgender.” I hear people use the term transgendered and cringe inside, because I realize that it is simply a matter of not realizing – but it is an incorrect usage. Here is a Huffington Post blog on the subject which may help clear things up a bit:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joanne-herman/transgender-or-transgende_b_492922.html

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      • When my friend decided to come out as trans at work, he took the week off so our HR manager could announce the change in pronouns and answer any questions or concerns for staff. My friend got back the Monday and said “so what did people say?” … Nothing was my answer. everyone was cool with it. I suggested he might have got a better reaction turning up in a dress and heels 🙂

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    • Uhmmm …. I would suggest to unfollow and then follow again. I’ve had some friends mention that they don’t get alerts/e-mails. I usually look in the “reader” to make sure I don’t miss anything.
      Try …. may help. Thx for the follow!! Hugs …. peace!!

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  2. I have a question: the change of sex requires steroids and hormones, and they can often have and usually do have severe side effects, also, if one stops taking them on a daily basis, the chemical change will not last, the psychological one will, however, not the body, and, I wonder about the death rate, for it’s known that high doses of steroids and hormones cause illness such as cancer, heart disease, etc., my questions are not to condemn the right to one’s body choices, they are purely medical questions.

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    • You are correct in every point you have stated. The decision for anyone who is willing to go through this transition is not taken lightly. Medical personnel assisting in this change should be well versed in all the points that you enumerated.
      To me, the most important factor is the need to always stay under the supervision of the medical team that worked with the individual.
      Early detection of any medical complication should be detected soon enough to correct it. And, then again, there are no full guarantees.

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      • Yes, I’m glad that you did too, because I have these concerns for the good folks who make the decision to be who they believe they truly are, and I worry for thier health physically.

        But your question also shows me how strong the desire is to be whom one desires to be sexually, for to take these risks, means that it’s essential to them, or they believe it is, and they have the right to have that belief.

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      • I agree …. I don’t think that anyone “comes” to this world who simply wants to be “different”. I think this is a difficult road to travel … no matter who it is. I believe they need all the support .. medical, emotional, family, etc. …. that can be provided.

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  3. What a beautiful post! Stunning and shocking at the same time. Shocking in a good way, in that I don’t think anyone could pull away from looking at these pictures, examining the eyes of Loren Rex Cameron and others. Somehow I am more familiar with men who have become women, which as I write sounds wrong, since obviously the men were women inside before the outer changes began. These men have gone through so much, the least we can do is accept them and love them for who they are.

    I might mention that as I scrolled through pictures… I found myself… er… flushed! Wow!

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    • I’m at my PC!! Finally …. just imagine, for one second, being trapped in the wrong body, being bombarded by what society says how you have to behave, do, achieve … I can’t even fathom that!! TY for your comments …. I’m seriously glad you enjoyed this post …. Peace!!

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      • I have imagined that and it is awful! Especially with deplorables putting so much emphasis on whatever it is they are emphasizing. Their fears most likely, Reading your post, seeing the pictures, why would anyone want to force one of these guys to use the women’s restroom?! Of course it wouldn’t happen because no one would even thing that they are trans.
        Peace to you, my lovely new friend!

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  6. Dr. Rex and Loren – someone commented on deplorables, naturally,..Ah, but some “deplorables”, like me, are not what you think we are. Loving God, yes, but loving ALL of his creations also – yes, ALL means ALL. Makes no difference how the body was born, the mind houses the soul.
    Too, I am blessed because I have never had to go through the pain of someone asking me “Are you sure? Are you really sure about that?” in regards to how I identify – or in regards to my sexuality. True love is being able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We all have issues – all of mine are not necessarily socially accepted, and my pain is different, but some people DO have more pain in life than others, and while the physical is a somewhat elastic pain to get to an end, the emotional is unwarranted. I am nearly 50, and in my life I have seen good changes happening in society. Slowly – but it is happening. Your bravery is not in vain! In case you wonder if you are reaching anyone – well, you are – I see it, I hear it. (Now, if you can get people to accept that my darling husband is 22 years younger than me… Lol. Ageism is ripe today!) I hope to do for ageist people what you have been doing for trans world. It’s gonna take a while… Pray for me, and I will pray for you. “You’ve come a long way, baby.” < < < – J.T. Coyne

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    • J.T. … thx so very much for stopping by and leaving this amazing comment. Really appreciate it. Generally all ‘isims’ are empty of value. Reminds me of a song by John Lennon … the title escapes me.
      I’ll pray for you … go for it! Only the best wishes! Peace … ✌️

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  7. Delighted you answered and are always positive! Now, if only the rest of the world could be like that… :/
    Yes, the mind is the soul, the identity, the person – that person, that soul, that entity, is saved, is real, and is to be honored. The body is a temporary vessel – beautiful as it is – it should match the mind. That is what Loren did – matched his mind.

    In utero, I was told my heartbeat was so strong I was a boy. I also had a lot of testosterone – so I did 11 sports and was built like a linebacker. Nearly went to olympic trial for swimming when I dropped out. The amount of every single thing someone is or is not born with varies widely. It just so happens that in sum, I identified as a female, and that I ended up with primal urges toward males.
    Turns out – in a room full of women – I am always the alpha. In a room full of men – I am 100% the beta – and feel that they are superior – and I LIKE that. People get on me all the time about not being stonger in standing up to men – I believe they are right almost 100% of the time, and as someone born with 40% male logic – I see it clearly. Everyone is different. I will not change, because who I am does not hurt anyone, and I like who I am.

    The freedom to become who you are – is something I have never had to think about – shouldn’t everyone have that right? If I had a shorter lifespan or if I endured pain in order to achieve inner peace, would it be worth it? Yes. And I have shortened my life and gone through pain for that. It was worth it. Quality of life – quality of anything – over quantity, makes one whole.

    You only have one life, one soul, one essence, one mind – it has to be as comfortable one as can be, because if you are not happy inside, you can’t help anyone else…the mind is the key. The rest is mush – we are but flesh and blood..bone.
    God gave us skills and tools and the ability to invent and discover for a reason – some artists help mold clay – some help mold bodies. The brain, is the blueprint for what should follow.

    We barely understand anything about inner space (the mind), or outer space, yet, we are babies in our knowledge – how dare someone claim to have all the answers. God Himself has said we are not capable of understanding everything while here – so who among us really knows US? If you know yourself – who you are – that is a great blessing!
    The greatest gift, is to know oneself, to heal oneself from the wounds inherent in being human – some people spend decades never knowing that answer. With people who are trans – they know who they are. Loren made a solid decision – that ability eludes many people who have not even been given identity turmoil to deal with.
    Imagine a world where people said, “I am this person. Period. Let me change, let me heal – and now let me help you.” Most people are either too lost, too scared, too selfish to do that.

    I know you know everything I said – but you never know who may stumble upon your pages here and catch a lighted thought. Words change the world.

    Thanks again – I am honored that you answered. – J.T. Coyne

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  8. ***Clarity – if not obvious in what I said – “Loren made a decision”, means He made a decision to endure what it takes for the body to match the mind. Do not want this read incorrectly – my meaning is that He knew clearly who he was/is – and that many people don’t have a clue about most facets of who they are. Self-actualization…can take a lifetime. it is a blessing to know from birth who you really are – yes, even though it is also painful going through physically growing up – in a way – the mind of someone who is trans – is already more grown up from birth, than some of us will ever be. Some people never life a quality life. is it just me? Or, has anyone else noticed how incredibly smart trans people are? High I.Q.’s – maybe that’s one reason a trans person has early awareness. Maybe it’s just me. I don’t know, but I notice that consistently just by happenstance. Not trying to be nosey, haha. It just seems like a stand-out trait. ( I was a former psych major, and my study currently is psycholinguistics – I am geared to notice stuff…forgive me.. Thanks again.

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  9. Hello! My name is Esther and I am an undergraduate at Rutgers University, New Jersey. Currently, I am interning at the Women’s Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In 2015, we began our Transgender Health Initiative, a research study aimed to advance all aspects of life-span care for transgender and gender fluid individuals. This includes improvements in medical education, research, clinical care, and community outreach. A major part of our study is administering surveys and educating our adolescent transgender patients in a positive tone. We are looking for positive role models (like yourself) to share experiences, regarding the transgender transition. We hope these role models can further inform our transgender patients about their future obstacles and successes. If you would like to be a role model to these patients please send your story to my email (estherasumadu777@gmail.com).If you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. We would greatly appreciate any help to further improve healthcare for our patients and the transgender community, especially during their transition period. Thanks again and have a wonderful day.

    My email: estherasumadu777@gmail.com

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    • Hi. My name is Maria H. Rexach, I’m a retired physician. I myself am not transgender. I’m a proud and out, married lesbian!! I believe you can find Loren Rex Cameron if you google him.
      Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving this message …. if there’s any other way that I can be of help, I’m here. Just feel free to ask question and I will answer. Hope you have the nicest of days!!
      Please ,,, __/l\__

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