Through the Lens: My Journey to Celebrate Trans Lives Across the U.S.

July 16, 2014 7:54 PM

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Through the Lens: My Journey to Celebrate Trans Lives Across the U.S.

I remember the first time I heard the sound of the shutter. It was like magic. It was my dad's old Olympus OM-10, and, thinking it was broken, he'd given it to me. It turned out that it just needed a battery. Three dollars later, I was well into a photography obsession. I didn't know that falling in love with that sound and what I could create with it would change the course of my life forever. I didn't know that it would empower me to create change in the world. After recognizing myself as an LGBT person back in 2005, I swore that I would never become a flag-waving activist. But today I am most certainly an activist, and my flag is my camera.

It all started when I was on the brink of deciding to begin a medical transition, and I worried about what people might think. Mostly I just wanted people to be able to see beyond the fact that I am transgender, understand my value as a person, and appreciate what I have to offer the world. As a pho...

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