BEYOND THE BINARY
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Gender diversity is painfully absent from not only the mainstream media, but from our societal conscience. The goal of this project is to highlight those in the community who are rarely given a platform to share their stories, while simultaneously serving as a resource and a place where people can go to see themselves. I believe that education and visibility are at the root of solutions to many of the problems facing different communities today. I hope this project can be a beacon for those who may be struggling with questions about their own identity, or those who do identify as part of this community and want to hear from others. In today’s climate, it is more vital than ever to learn about each other and to bridge the gaps that may divide us. We are not alone. As someone who has never felt truly comfortable on either side of the binary, this project was extremely personal and rewarding for me.
This project began as a collaboration between the Boston-based LGBTQ newspaper The Rainbow Times and myself. I conducted these interviews over 5 years, from 2016 to 2021, with people across the country, but most heavily around the Boston area. I met with them at their chosen locations where they felt most comfortable, and captured portraits of them in their own spaces. The version of the project published by TRT included studio portraits and questions conducted by TRT’s team. While I am no longer actively working on this project, it will remain online in its entirety as a resource for all.
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