I think for me the biggest thing is I tend to pass as a young boy, you know? And that’s like a complicated thing because you don’t really know if people are being condescending to you because they think you’re a young boy or if you’re gender queer or what it is. I would just say that it’s hard to live in a body that’s different from everyone else — or, not everyone else but a lot of other people. Sometimes I walk down the street and I feel a sense that I’m still a freak and I think it’s something that I’ll always deal with because of my history and feeling oppressed for many reasons. One thing I’ve thought about a lot recently is promoting confidence. I feel like as a teenager I didn’t have that and I wish I could help other young queer kids and gender-queers and women learn how to feel good about themselves. I always come back to that as the reason I may still effected by what people say to me, you know?

JD Samson on playing Occupy Wall Street and representing for the queer community

We’re here in solidarity as feminists, queers and part of the greater 99 percent.

JD Samson and MEN perform at Occupy Wall Street.

No matter what I do as JD Samson, it’s always going to be the same vessel, no matter who else comes along. That’s a weird thing to say, but MEN has changed a lot in the couple years in terms of who’s in the project, so all I can say is for myself: That I will always continue to be me, who is sincere, honest, political and conceptual. So I’ll always continue to make work like that, no matter what I’m doing.

Q&A: JD Samson of MEN on Playing Occupy Wall Street on May Day

MEN - “Make Him Pay”