Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. I wanted to share a photo from a project I worked on in 2015 for Newsweek, about the lost generation - a group of trans men and women who transitioned over 60 years ago, before "transgender" was even a word in the American lexicon. They never called themselves trans or dared associate with those who did. They made up backstories about their lives, moved away and acquired new jobs. Researchers call it “going stealth.” Now they remain cut off from the LGBT community: They cannot be found at community meetings or pride parades, and they don’t show up in surveys or research studies.
They are aging and in need of healthcare, but working against a healthcare system that locks them out in so many ways. It's an example of how discrimination is much more sinister than we think, it is systematic, embedded into institutions that have the power to make decisions that impact everyone's wellbeing.
This is a portrait of Marc, who asked that his real name not be used. He transitioned in 1979 at the age of 20. The violent murder in 1986 of his best friend, trans man, sent him into hiding. Photo by David Walter Banks for Newsweek. #idahot #idahot2017 #transgender