TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels


Bond knew that the box labelled boy did not fit him at a remarkably early age. One of his favourite people was his papa, grandpa, who totally accepted him for who he was. He even let Justin read his playboy magazines to see who he wanted to be. He wore lipstick to elementary school until his mother caught him one morning. “I was raised by girls and I loved it. I was like a pet monkey that they dressed up and tease and played with.” He always preferred playing with the girls at school. Bond talks about doing cool things with his father: working on school projects and later refinishing an antique bed frame. His neighbourhood friend Michael became first his lover and later his nemesis at high school calling him faggot and bullying him all the while making arrangement to meet for sex.

Justin Vivian Bond is a successful singer, songwriter, and Tony-nominated performance artist Mx. Justin Vivian Bond is an Obie, Bessie, and Ethyl Eichelberger Award winner. As one half of the performance duo Kiki and Herb, Bond has toured the world, headlining at Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, and starring in a Tony nominated run on Broadway, Kiki and Herb Alive on Broadway. His film credits include a role in John Cameron Mitchell’s feature Shortbus. Bond is currently releasing a record, Dendrophile, and is writing a play with Sandra Bernhard.

A very interesting look at a trans-life. I would say a must read.


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