Portraits depict ‘struggles and joys’ of older transgender people

by Oscar Holland
August 21, 2018


America has witnessed unprecedented levels of transgender visibility in recent years.

But for 32-year-old Jess Dugan, who has been photographing the country’s trans communities for the past 15 years, one demographic remains marginalized: seniors.

“I think, in general, a lot of the discussions around trans people are very youth-focused,” she said in a phone interview. “And our culture, in general, is youth-focused.

“I wanted to both highlight and record the stories of older people who, in many cases, came out a long time ago — and, in some cases, were directly responsible for creating this moment that we’re in now, but who are somewhat overlooked. I think that older (trans) adults are often left out of that conversation.”

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