The man behind the pregnancy documentary A Deal With the Universe remembers how a comedy costume stopped him being ‘freaked out’ by his fertility treatment
This photo was taken in about 2005 – I had come off testosterone [Barker was born as a woman, but transitioned more than 20 years ago], and had been waiting for my periods to start again because my partner and I had begun fertility treatment.
I was doing a comedy show at the time, and I had a whole skit about the menstrual cycle. I had asked my friend Lucas McKenna to make this costume for the show; I planned to dress as a uterus and come on to the stage riding a bicycle. I’d drawn a diagram of how I wanted it to look and how I would like the balloons to be the ovaries – but the result was much better than I had imagined. I would wear it with black tights, although on one occasion I ruined it by forgetting to take off my sandals. I was really cross when I realised I was dressed as a uterus wearing sandals.