For our June issue, artist Barton Benes collaborates with his late friend Ruth Truth, a confirmed cross-dresser (see photo), and his late Aunt Evelyn, a confirmed crank (see text), to ask the old question “Male or female?” in a new way. Happy gay pride.

Ruth Truth

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FUNNY, YOU MADE AN
ISSUE OF SAYING HE
WAS ALL MALE
UNDERNEATH, AND
YET YOU OFTEN SAY
“SHE” AND “GIRL”
REFERRING TO
RUTH TRUTH.  IS THIS
WHAT RUTH WANTS,
OR YOU? I THINK
THAT RUTH HAD
BETTER TAKE
ANOTHER LOOK,
JUST TO BE SURE.

IS HE CONSIDERED
A TRANSVESTITE?
I DON’T KNOW HOW
FAR THEY GO. HE
REALLY MUST LIKE
WOMEN’S CLOTHES,
SO MAYBE THAT
MAKES HIM ONE.

I DON’T LIKE
DRESSING UP BECAUSE
I HATE SHOPPING.
I HATE EVERYTHING
I LOOK AT OR TRY ON,
AND ACTUALLY FEEL
LIKE CRYING, SO I
DON’T BOTHER
SHOPPING.