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.”