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Taylor Mac
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Taylor Mac performing at the Montclair Film Festival 2018.
Date of birth August 24, 1973
Place of birth Laguna Beach, California
Nationality American
Pronouns judy[1][2]
Gender identity "I kind of identify as a gay male; I kind of identify as genderqueer. Really, my gender is performer because I feel like I'm always performing gender."[2]

Taylor Mac is an American actor, playwright, performance artist, director, producer, and singer-songwriter active mainly in New York City. In 2017, Mac was the recipient of a "Genius Grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.[3] Mac was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[4]

Taylor Mac uses "judy/judy's" as a pronoun. It has been said that this was in reference to Judy Garland,[5] but judy has clarified that it actually references the time in gay history when "the gays would call their boyfriend 'Mary' or 'Judy' so that if they were talking in public about them people would think it was a girl".[2]

Judy was born in Laguna Beach, California and raised in Stockton, the child of Joy Aldrich and Vietnam War veteran Lt. Robert Mac Bowyer. Mac's mother opened a private art school that influenced judy's early aesthetic by embracing collage and teaching students to build from mistakes rather than attempt to erase them. Mac moved to New York in 1994 to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After graduation, judy began working as an actor and wrote the plays The Hot Month (1999), The Levee (2000), and The Face of Liberalism (2003).

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« I was getting introduced onstage and written about, and some people would say 'he' and others would say 'she' and neither really felt right for the art I was making. My friend Justin Vivian Bond started using the gender pronoun 'v', and that made me think I could choose my own. The other part is that I'm an artist, and it's part of my job to make people think outside their norms a little bit. And I wanted a gender pronoun that was fun, and that immediately emasculates you – because you can't roll your eyes and say 'judy' without being camp.[5] »

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://taylormac.org/
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ruiz, Michelle (7 June 2019). "Tony-Nominated Taylor Mac on "Camping With Radical Fairies," Penis Jokes, and His Gender Pronoun, Judy". Vogue. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  3. "Damon Rich – MacArthur Foundation".
  4. "Finalist: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, by Taylor Mac". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Needham, Alex (12 September 2017). "Taylor Mac on queering history: 'Someone like me doesn't normally get to represent America'". Archived from the original on 13 April 2019.
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