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A Tribute to Loren Rex Cameron (San Francisco and Virtual)
This event is both in-person and online.
SF Camerawork, 1150 25th St, San Francisco, CA 94107
**Please RSVP to attend in-person or receive the webinar link**
Loren Rex Cameron, August 28, 1959 – November 18, 2022, was a pathmaking photographer, author and transgender activist. His work is credited by many for its influence in bringing attention to the social and embodied realities of transsexual people, including portraits and self-portraits along with the personal transition stories of those he photographed, particularly with his book Body Alchemy: Transsexual Portraits (Cleis Press, 1996). Cameron was a pivotal organizer in the FTM community in the San Francisco Bay Area and designed the banner the FTM group and allies first marched with at a 1994 Pride march. Later in his life, he was more solitary. Still, his impact on the transgender community cannot be understated. Most recently a growing interest in his work has further illustrated the importance of his contributions to the LGBTQIA+ community. Selections of his work in On Our Backs magazine, and from his first exhibition Our Vision, Our Voices: Transsexual Portraits and Nudes is on view at Leslie-Lohman inside Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s. His entire collection of books and private papers are archived at Cornell University in the Kroch Library.
On Sunday, July 9, SF Camerawork, in collaboration with Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, will host an in-person and online tribute event dedicated to the late artist in which close community members, including Susan Stryker, Paula Ky Santos, Jamison Green, and Percy Wise, will pay homage to his life and art. The event will be hybrid so that members of the Bay Area LGBTQIA+ community and beyond can participate.
Susan Stryker, Ph.D., will join the faculty in Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Southern California in 2024. She is the author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today’s Revolution, and co-director of the Emmy-winning documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton’s Cafeteria.
Paula Ky Santos is a trans woman of colour with Asian, Latinx, and African American heritage. She is a lifelong advocate and change agent for the human rights of LGBTQ+ people, people of colour, women, and disabled people. Paula has a Master of Public Health degree and is a Retired Certified Health Education Specialist. Currently, Paula is a Social Worker for the City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency Workforce Development Division. She counsels clients who are seeking employment address their barriers to employment. She gives clients referrals to agencies that can help alleviate housing instability, legal problems, lack of child care, unmet mental health and/or alcohol/substance use needs, etc. Also, Paula is an adult ice and inline figure skater and ice dancer who competes in major adult figure skating and ice dance competitions. In addition, Paula is a musician who plays several musical instruments. Paula has uploaded almost 330 piano performances to her YouTube channel.
Jamison Green is an author and activist who led FTM International in the 1990s, advocated removing exclusions for trans-related treatments from health insurance plans nationally, and advocated for medical education to improve access to care for trans people. His award-winning memoir, Becoming a Visible Man, has inspired and informed generations of trans men and their expanding circles of family and friends.
Percy Wise was a friend of Loren Rex Cameron. Percy was active in 1990s Bay Area LGBTQ activism and transgender art scenes. He is currently a poet and a transgender professional living in Portland, Oregon. He holds a doctorate in law and is a frequent speaker on issues relevant to LGBTQ communities.
On Saturday, July 15, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art will host a second in-person and online follow-up tribute event dedicated to the late artist in which artists and scholars will pay homage to the personal impacts of his life and art. The event will also be hybrid so that members of the NYC LGBTQIA+ community and beyond can participate. For more information, please visit the tribute event page here.
Event Entry: Free