Amos Mac & Rocco Kayiatos present ORIGINAL PLUMBING

Please join us for a presentation of
with editors
as well as special guest SCOUT ROSE!


NEW YORK, NY—When Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos first launched Original Plumbing in 2009, they created a magazine the world desperately needed: a creative and celebratory biannual publication about trans men, by trans men. For ten years, OP was an inspired response to the lack of meaningful representation of trans lives and culture. Each issue was filled with gorgeous, moving, hilarious, and sexy narratives that pushed back against marginalizing stereotypes. Taken together, these stories met mainstream media’s violence with self-love, dismissal with determination, and repression with resistance.

Collecting the best of the magazine’s entire twenty-issue run, Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture is a remarkable full-color archive that includes interviews with trailblazers like Janet Mock and Silas Howard; cutting-edge artwork and photography; meditations on love, relationships, and family; political essays and personal reflections; and much, much more.

“Over the course of its ten-year run, Original Plumbing made thousands of us queer and trans people laugh, cry, and gasp out loud. This is how we talked with each other, inspired each other, and gave each other the strength to keep on living outside the box. This collection is an invaluable, unapologetic archive of a multiplicity of queer and trans experiences.”
—KATE BORNSTEIN, author of Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us

Original Plumbing did the Lord’s work of documenting and proliferating the stories of trans men and transmasculine folks. This book is so much more than a retrospective; it is a testament. Rocco and Amos have preserved a brilliant, precious slice of trans history that will be revered and cherished for generations to come.”
—JACOB TOBIA, author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story

AMOS MAC is a writer, artist and producer based in Los Angeles. His photography has been featured in publications including the New York Times, Interview, Vogue Italia and OUT. A love of storytelling influenced his leap into television where he works across scripted and documentary series.

ROCCO KAYIATOS is a writer, organizer, educator, and former hip hop artist (stage name Katastrophe) based in Los Angeles. He was the head of the video education department at BuzzFeed and continues to produce content in the new media space.

SCOUT ROSE is the founder of Transguy Supply, an online store for trans masculine folks. He also helped organized NYC's first Original Plumbing Release party in March of 2010.
Event date: 
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture Cover Image
By Amos Mac (Editor), Rocco Kayiatos (Editor), Tiq Milan (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781936932597
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Amethyst Editions - June 11th, 2019