The Queer Portrait Project tells the stories of people in the queer community in my paint and in their words. I am painting queer-identified people and having each person write a short bio to accompany the painting. I am painting people I know and people I don’t know. I am painting gay people, bi people, trans people, old people, young people, outgoing people, shy people, tall people, short people…queer people. I seek to illustrate the diversity, breadth, and variety that is the queer community. I like the thought of art used as a connection and a bridge in this tightknit, yet also disparate community. We tend to subdivide ourselves according age, race, gender, and class. I hope to show, in the most basic of ways -images and words- how art can be action for change. We have the power to strengthen and sustain each other: as queers, as artists, as people.

If you are interested in posing for the project, send an email to jen@paintpunk.com or see the facebook event:

Monday, April 23, 2012


I was fortunate to grow up in a household with non-traditional gender roles; it was only in church and school that people would make judgments about me based on my sex. I loved math and sports, rockets and snakes, girls and boys, and I was frustrated by society’s consistent attempts to conform me to a straight, feminine ideal. My devotion to the church led me to believe that I was inherently sinful for being myself, and my religious leaders were painfully intolerant. I was born female, and have lived as a male, but I learned that the queer community doesn’t care about my birth sex; I can be me without following the false duality of sexual expression. I’ve been using the gender-neutral name “Kyp” for over a decade, and I know who I am without needing to pick a gender to define me.

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