Monika: Today it is my pleasure and honour to interview Jennell Jaquays, an American designer of role-playing games (RPGs) and video games, known for the Dungeons & Dragons modules “Dark Tower” and “Caverns of Thracia” for Judges Guild. Hello Jennell!
|One of the covers she painted as|
much as 20+ years ago.
The efforts by the medical community to understand why people are transgender has moved us from being almost universally condemned as sex perverts into a state where it is understood by rational people that Gender Dysphoria is a medical condition that afflicts a portion of humanity.
|The magazine that really started her|
And I was right. It did. And what came after was wonderful. After that, coming out to my father was hard and something I put off until the very last minute, literally a week before I announced myself to the world.
We are a populace with common needs and sometimes similar experiences, but outside of small groups of friends who support each other, we don’t act like a community. If we can’t get past the separatism and stratification that exists and seems to be intensifying along lines of perceived privilege within our populace, how can we be a “community” or an effective part of a combined effort by other gender and sexual orientation minorities?
In Seattle, that can be jeans and printed t-shirts or often leggings (usually black) with a nice top, a sweater, a scarf, and boots. I look younger than my age, so I often dress “younger” as well. I am sensitive to what colors and styles look good on me (I’d rather be several years out of style than wear something that doesn’t suit my body type or skin tones). I have a personal weak spot for wearable art in the form of colorful or multi-metal artisan-made jewellery.
|With her wife, Rebecca Heineman.|
Until I was in transition and took her up on an offer of a girls night out weekend in San Francisco for my birthday. That weekend turned into an online friendship, then into long distance dating, and then finally both of us moving each other to Seattle and moving in together. It took time, but we both found something in each other that made a relationship that worked. We give truth to the idea that “opposites attract.”
As I came out, I shared some of my transgender perspective on my story as it had relevance. I know that there are many who consider my career with its constant reinventions to be somehow amazing (or even interesting) but to be honest, it was always just my “normal” so I don’t really see it as any more memorable (and perhaps even less so) than others’ stories.
We’re still small, but we have been slowly growing as we work on projects for ourselves and other companies. Our website is www.oldeskuul.com and was recently remade and updated. We are currently preparing material for a computer role playing game called Shredded Worlds: Dragons of the Rip.
Monika: What would you recommend to all transgender girls struggling with gender dysphoria?
All the photos: courtesy of Jennell Jaquays.