'Genderbent' Project Focuses on Those Who Bend Traditional Gender Roles

Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 011 Mathu Andersen
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham

A compelling new project is in the works, featuring some of today’s most well known drag queens, that aims “to showcase the beauty of those who have [custom-made] and bent gender to make it their own.”

The ‘Genderbent’ project, launched by Los Angeles-based photographers Dusti Cunningham and Jacob Rostovsky, documents the lives of those who live as gender nonconforming individuals though a series of interviews and amazing photography. From drag queens and kings to trans women and men, this project has already attracted big names such as Mathu Andersen, Margret Cho, Pandora Boxx, Chad Michaels, Willam Belli, Sharon Needles, Buck Angel and more.

The project is currently has an IndieGoGo campaign that is seeking to raise start-up funds.

According to an interview with the Huffington Post, Rostovsky said that he decided to start this project because “there is so much tension between the transgender community and gender nonconforming communities, as well as members of the LGB ones. We (Dusti Cunningham and Jacob Rostovsky) wanted to embark on this project to show that while our experiences may differ, we all share commonalities and should support one another regardless of the terms we use. We also noticed how much freedom there is when one is allowed to express themselves to the fullest, and how much joy comes with living true to your authentic self. We felt it was important to share this with the mainstream heteronormative societies, instead of only leaving them with images of our despair.”

Check out some of the amazing photographs below from the Genderbent Facebook page that have already been captured for the project… you might even recognize some well-known queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race in the mix.

Click on any of the images to see them in full size.

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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 002 Akashia
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 005 Jade Sotomayor
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 007 Kelly Mantle
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 010 Mathu Andersen
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 012 Jeffree Star
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 013 Pandora Boxx
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 016 Pandora Boxx
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 017 Raja
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 020 Tammie Brown
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 021 Willam Belli
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 024 Joslyn Fox
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 026 Grace Towers
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 036 Tammie Brown
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
Dusti Cunningham Genderbent 039 Buck Angel
Photographer: Dusti Cunningham
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Photographer: Dusti Cunningham