a living hell has become hopeful under Raúl Castro [?]
May 13, 2014 12:02 PM   Subscribe

For more than 30 years, New York based photographer Mariette Pathy Allen has been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication (amazon), TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro's presidency. (trans 101)
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The photo of Charito nursing a week-old piglet in the Mother Jones article is killing me.
posted by Juliet Banana at 12:42 PM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Those are beautiful and striking photos. I'd love to see them in person. I don't see an exhibition listed near me, but hopefully I'll find a copy of the book as a consolation prize.
posted by Dip Flash at 12:55 PM on May 13, 2014

Her more recent photos of younger kids is incredible.
posted by Sophie1 at 1:49 PM on May 13, 2014

Obligatory warning: do not read the comments on Mother Jones! (As of late last night, anyway, they were pretty horrific).
posted by TwoStride at 2:14 PM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

TwoStride--unfortunately your (appropriate) warning piqued a morbid sense of curiosity--like watching an inevitable collision. Reading a few of those comments challenged my already waffling but general support for anonymity. Quickly turned to other links and the blue
posted by rmhsinc at 5:27 PM on May 13, 2014

I feel ya, rmhsinc--after all, we should probably know better than to read the comments, and yet last night I couldn't look away, either...

In the meantime: stunning pictures, and I hope that conditions continue to improve for this community.
posted by TwoStride at 7:13 PM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Oh, uh. This is embarrassing. Fixed link.
posted by Corinth at 9:12 PM on May 13, 2014

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