This interview is a repost from our new sister-swap site, Sadie Magazine!
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge for President by Jesse Sposato
Photos by Jason Rodgers
Makeup by Maura Bess McGill
Hair by Liam Carey
If I understood write-in votes better (I plan on looking into them), I would totally elect Genesis Breyer P-Orridge for this year’s coming presidential election. Not because s/he wants to be the president necessarily—I’m sure s/he doesn’t; s/he’s already got a million things going on as is—but I can honestly say that I am positive Genesis would make a badass pres. I know that statement carries a lot of weight, but after spending several afternoons with Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, which includes Lady Jaye, h/er wife who dropped her body in 2007 but is very much still here and in fact a part of Genesis h/erself, literally, (more on that in a second), I’m sure s/he’d be a shoo-in.
People throw the term “born leader” around all the time, but Genesis is exactly that and more. S/he is way ahead of h/er time, a forward thinker whose ideas about transformation and gender and art might be the only thing I have faith in right now to save the world, to actually create real change. Genesis, who was born and raised a handsome Neil Andrew Megson, never fit the role of “traditional male.” But in 2003, s/he and Jaye went public with their pandrogeny project (they had been moving toward it for a while), an effort to become one unified being called Breyer P-Orridge, by way of plastic surgery, beauty spots tattooed and removed, and a shared wardrobe. The desire to morph into one unit was first done in the name of true love, and later in an attempt to break down the core of our patriarchal society by creating a “third entity” that is neither female nor male, but rather both. (Does anyone remember the amazing nineties band the Third Sex? Kind of a similar vibe going on there.)
Before there was Breyer P-Orridge, Gen was known for all kinds of other amazing projects and bands, probably most or at least some of which you’ve heard of. S/he put industrial music on the map—coining the term and all—with Throbbing Gristle in the mid seventies (which actually grew out of the art collective COUM Transmissions), then moved on to the experimental band Psychic TV, my personal fav of h/er musical projects, in the early eighties; and the late nineties brought Thee Majesty. From members of PTV and others, with Genesis at the forefront, Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth or TOPY—a community of bohemians who believed in magic and psychic aspects of the mind—was born in the early eighties. After a decade or so Gen terminated TOPY but not before writing the group’s manifesto Thee Psychick Bible. More recently, s/he’s created One True Topi Tribe, which is kind of the new and improved, all-inclusive present-day TOPY. Gen writes on h/er Web site: “TOP-I is ALL of YOU and has no “Membership.”
When it comes to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, it’s hard not to feel compelled to list all the projects s/he ever worked on, the brilliant ideas s/he’s executed, the many songs s/he’s written and performed. But the thing you need to know most of all is this: Gen is a super rare gem of a person who believes in love and change; s/he is genuine and real and open, sooo smart, honest, in touch with h/er emotions, kind, patient, and unafraid. S/he has this amazing, calming aura about h/er that made me want to crawl up on h/er wolfskin bedspread in h/er air-conditioned room in h/er LES apartment and be lulled to sleep by the love that was still palpable in the air from h/er and Jaye, and that I know always will be.