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This Photographer Is Traveling The Globe To Document Transgender People Living In Hidden Societies

This Photographer Is Traveling The Globe To Document Transgender People Living In Hidden Societies

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From the nightclubs of Mongolia to the swamps of Venezuela – Àlvaro Laiz’s work transports you into various worlds and shares the stories of the people that inhabit them. 1. In 2011, photographer Àlvaro Laiz captured stunning imagery of the transgender population living in Mongolia in his series Transmongolian. View this image › alvarolaiz.com 2. By documenting his subjects’ everyday lives – from crowded underground clubs to the quiet sanctuary of their private homes – Laiz examines the realities of living in a society that has little to no tolerance for sexual diversity. View this image › alvarolaiz.com 3. “They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places,” Laiz explains. “Your...
Laverne Cox Is The Woman We’ve Been Waiting For

Laverne Cox Is The Woman We’ve Been Waiting For

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“It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen and visible in a world that tells us we should not exist.” Orange Is the New Black’s breakout star is ready for her close-up. View this image › Guess blouse and sequin shorts, Falke leggings, Julie Voss cross necklaces, Gemma Simone chandelier necklace, Clara Kasavina oval motif necklace, Pluma cuff (left), Push by Pushmataaha earrings and cuff (right), Christian Siriano shoes. Photograph by Jeaneen Lund for BuzzFeed Minutes before Beyoncé takes the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, three teenage girls spot an actress in the audience. “That’s Laverne Cox!” “Who?” “She’s from Orange Is the New Black!” With their iPhones at the...
Is A Georgia Prison Trying To Cover Up The Rape Of A Trans Woman?

Is A Georgia Prison Trying To Cover Up The Rape Of A Trans Woman?

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Zahara Green’s recent lawsuit against prison officials may reveal how the state is failing to protect transgender people — or even recognize them. The day before Zahara Green began her prison bid, a medical official with the Georgia Department of Corrections wrote just one comment on her health summary form: “Possible gender issues with housing.” Green was 23, a convicted shoplifter, and a transgender woman about to be housed with men. Two months later, on a separate medical form, a doctor would note her gender identity disorder — then the widely accepted psychological diagnosis for transgender people — along with her bra size. She would be prescribed hormones to maintain the transition she said she had begu...
Why I Decided To Start My Transition Without My Parents’ Approval

Why I Decided To Start My Transition Without My Parents’ Approval

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It was October 31, the day most people are busy running around and trying to perfect their costumes. The masses were taking their kids and younger siblings trick-or-treating. Some were partying with friends. As a member of my college marching band, I had an obligation to play at the football game that specific day. It was the last football game of the season, and my parents had come to support me and watch the halftime show that we had worked so hard on the past few months. Amazingly, my college won by a landslide. As soon as the game ended, I got a text from my parents asking when we could all meet at my apartment. My heart sped up. Each time they had visited, they gave me some sort of talk about how I had underlying issues I needed to deal with. They wanted me to address them before co...