The Virgins of the Door: A Rare Glimpse Inside Peru's Besieged Transgender Community

April 9, 2015 3:43 PM

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Maricielo had a chance to study the proofs from the first photo shoot by the time the photographers returned. A pioneer in Lima's transgender community, she exuded a self-assured energy that demanded attention and respect. The artists had tried to capture that strength, to represent Maricielo as the leader and the role model she had become. The images indeed made her look confident, even formidable. But something was clearly troubling her.

Boston-based artists Andrew Mroczek and Juan Barboza-Gubo have been documenting the plight of Peru's mercurial transgender community for the past several months. As part of their ambitious project called Virgenes de la Puerta ("Virgins of the Door"), Mroczek and Barboza-Gubo are photographing severa...

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