Transgender in America
The acceptance, visibility, and equal rights of transgender individuals has been a controversial and prominent conversation. Fortunately, in recent years, through publications and the media, children, military members and celebrities have begun to come forward, sharing their stories. 50% of transgender youth will have had at least one suicide attempt by their 20th birthday, 90% of transgender people experience harassment in the workplace. Transgender individuals are nearly four times more likely to live below the poverty line, and they are still not allowed to serve in the United States Military. Currently an estimated 15,000 transgender troops serve in the U.S. military, they all risk dismissal from their service for revealing their identity.
The portraits in this series seek to celebrate all of these individuals and their bravery.