CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
Exclusive Portrait: Birthday Photo of Olympic Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas
CHICAGO – Happy 18th Birthday to Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas, who made history at the 2012 London Olympic Games by becoming the first U.S. Olympian to win gold in both the individual and team competitions at the same Olympics, and the first African American U.S. gymnast to become individual all-around champion.
In 2014, a TV movie is being planned about her life, entitled “The Gabby Douglas Story,” which is rumored to star Regina King. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Joe Arce captured Gabby Douglas in May of 2013, as she was appearing at Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., signing her memoir, “Raising the Bar.”
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com