Gorsedd Girls

Finally having made some progress with this stubborn and long-overdue novel, and having taken the time out for another quick shoot for the “Imago” film project, I figure I can spare the time to post some of the stills. This sequence was shot in Gorsedd Gardens, Cardiff Civic Centre. The bronze statue “Girl” / “Merch” is by sculptor Robert Thomas, who also crafted the statue of Aneurin Bevan in Queen Street. We attracted a few stares and curious questions from the homeless people at the Salvation Army Bus Project, but no hostile attention. I am feeling a lot more comfortable in public than I used to, and being able to change into a skirt was particularly welcome on this swelteringly hot day. Jeans + humid heatwave = walking around like a sticky and irritated robot…


The inspiration for this sequence is, very loosely, the story of Lili Elbe (1882-1931), one of the earliest recipients of male-to-female transition surgery, and one of its earliest tragedies, as she died of translant rejection following an attempt to surgically implant a uterus, in the hope she might bear children. This had followed a previous operation and rejection, in an abortive attempt to implant ovaries, yet in spite of that failure and the grave risk it placed her in she was undeterred in her ultimately fatal quest for biological motherhood. This rather inclines one to suspect that Professor Greer did not do her homework all that thoroughly when she wrote the following…

“No so-called sex-change has ever begged for a uterus-and-ovaries transplant; if uterus-and-ovaries transplants were made mandatory for wannabe women they would disappear overnight.”

(Germaine Greer, The Whole Woman, 1999)

If Cal and I could simply switch bodies a la that dreadful and misogynistic last episode of “Star Trek”, the alien ruins of Camus II would be our first port of call. Sadly, the NHS is the closest we can manage, not that we don’t appreciate the tactlessness…

All photos by my usual image genius, Jason Marsh.

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    1. Bless you. 🙂 Hubby is very handsome, but too shy to blog, alas. I could not have got this far without him. I waited so long, but it took his support as well as the amazing example and inspiration he gave me. It is so easy to let the calumnies of the critics infect one’s mind, but they all seem stupid and irrelevant when I find myself in love with the very thing that I am: a trans person. There could be no better argument than that to stop disliking myself…

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