To survive on this shore
March 5, 2015 7:07 PM   Subscribe

To survive on this shore: Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender variant older adults is a joint project of photographer Jess Dugan and professor Vanessa Fabbre. It combines photographs of transgender and gender variant people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences of gender, identity, age, and sexuality.
posted by Stacey (10 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite
Wow, thanks, this was really cool.
posted by threeants at 7:42 PM on March 5, 2015

This is really wonderful. From Tasha, "'For God so loved the world that whosoever will, let them come.' And after that, I felt like I was one of the "whosoevers."
posted by ChuraChura at 7:55 PM on March 5, 2015 [2 favorites]

My mother (a wonderful, loving woman who just wanted the best for me) raised me on cautionary tales of a friend who lived as a woman for many years; a once-close friend who completed her transition during the 70s and just 'gave up' in the early 80s. These were very sad tales, tales of woe and social isolation and old age and regret.

I haven't found a way to put down all that baggage, but projects like make it a little lighter. Thanks.
posted by not the fingers, not the fingers at 8:10 PM on March 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

These are the same courageous people that are now training cis parents (and doctors, and therapists) of trans youth. This generation of trans youth et al have a lot more support available from within the LGBT community exactly when they need it most during adolescence. It's going to be an amazing leap forward when they come into their own. At least I feel it will be.
posted by Brocktoon at 8:31 PM on March 5, 2015 [4 favorites]

Thank you.
posted by Kerasia at 10:52 PM on March 5, 2015

Thank you.
posted by aurynn at 1:57 AM on March 6, 2015

So nice to see a a photo set like this where they haven't just picked models that are conventionally beautiful and pass perfectly for a change.
posted by Dysk at 2:17 AM on March 6, 2015 [3 favorites]

To all the jerks in the world complaining about how tumblr and "SJWs" planted all these weird ideas in kids' heads about gender identity, and back in my day we never had any idea about these things...well, here you go.
posted by ActionPopulated at 3:32 AM on March 6, 2015 [9 favorites]

The April edition of Popular Woodworking has an article about the renowned chairmaker Jennie Alexander, who publicly transitioned late in life, after publishing for decades as John.

(the author is Jessamyn's cousin, Chris Schwarz).
posted by bonobothegreat at 4:31 AM on March 6, 2015

Apparently only some of them have interviews posted--I got seriously confused for a minute, then realised the handful I'd randomly clicked on just happened to be the ones that didn't have any words yet. But even just the photos are fabulous.
posted by FlyingMonkey at 12:40 PM on March 12, 2015

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