about the transcending self project

Nearly 50% of transgender youth will have at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday. Globally, a transgender person is murdered every 29 hours. Visibility is one of the strongest tools we have to prevent this. 

In my project, Transcending self, I am photographing transgender and gender expansive youth ages 2-20 and sharing their stories. Transcending Self is a critical project not only for the transgender community, but for all of us. Challenging existing narratives about identity works toward building a world in which all people are freer to become their true, complex selves--a world in which difference is embraced and validated, rather than marginalized and repressed. 

Click through the galleries below to read the stories of these youths. 

galleries

hayley

jay

max

jayden

kyla

audrey

girl

azaj

ellie

 

lill

justin

riley alexis

glenn

 

noah

zak

nathan

james

 

kura

twins 1

twins 2

jake

 

piper

finely

stella

davi

 

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