People took to the streets in celebration in India after its Supreme Court struck down a 157-year-old colonial-era law, “Section 377,” that criminalized all sexual activity apart from heterosexual sex as “against the order of nature.” Judges described the law as “arbitrary” and said that freedom could only be fulfilled where the LGBT community possesses equal rights.( Getty Images)
The national conversation about trans identity and community tends to focus on the newest crop of trans youth. But why don’t we hear about older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals who manage to overcome the at times seemingly impossible odds and survive — and thrive — in America?
Photographer Jess Dugan’s latest project To Survive on This Shore aims to bring attention to those voices. For over five years, Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre have traveled across the United States photographing and interviewing older trans and gender-nonconforming individuals to ensure their stories, largely untold, are finally shared. See more here (x)
Music, to me personally, is like my heartbeat. I think without it I wouldn’t be able to live. I think without it I wouldn’t be able to feel much. I think without it I wouldn’t be able to understand or tolerate as much. It’s so much a part of who we all are, the decisions that we make. That’s why it’s so important to be represented in music.
You don’t see representation on TV, music, radio, of people of the trans experience — and that’s not the reality.
We’re here, we’re definitely queer, and we’re making music. We’re making art. We’re talented as hell. (x)
Trans women of color are valid and beautiful
👏PARENTS 👏 AT 👏 PRIDE (x)
“This is the second time I’ve been here and I thought about going with my friends, but I really wanted to bring my mom, because I have plenty of years to do it with my friends and I think my mom is one of my biggest supporters. She took care of me when I had top surgery just a few weeks ago.”
—Haydun, He/him or They/them
San Francisco Trans March