Photo Essay

Beyond Gender

Daniela & Tania

Different though the sexes are, they intermix. In every human being a vacillation from one sex to the other takes place, and often it is only the clothes that keep the male or female likeness, while underneath the sex is the very opposite of what it is above. Virginia Woolf, Orlando, 1928

Beyond Gender is part of a larger multimedia project entitled LGBT Mexicans of the 21st Century that, in the very midst of the digital era, returns to the studio portraiture tradition to create images that dignify the LGBT community in order to combat homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia. This photo essay is a selection of color double-portraits of cultural and political activists, members of the Mexico City Travesty, Transgender and Transsexual communities, holding photographs of themselves prior to their transformations to illustrate the term of "gender dysphoria" or the persistent discomfort with the gender assignment at birth. They are accompanied by a black and white picture, possessing a cinematic allure that evokes 1940s Hollywood, with the intention of challenging conventional notions of masculinity and femininity through the exposure of deeply interrelated social constructions of terms such as sex, sexuality, and gender.

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  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (14 Apr 2014):

    my vote, nice

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone   said (14 Apr 2014):

    my vote, nice

  • Antje Woolum

    Antje Woolum said (17 Apr 2014):

    Great one...you have my vote!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (17 Apr 2014):

    VOTED!!!

  • JPG

    JPG gave props (20 Apr 2014):

    Congrats on getting Story of the Week!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone   said (20 Apr 2014):

    Congrats on getting Story of the Week!

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper   said (20 Apr 2014):

    Strong essay beautifully photographed. Phobia: Extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations. The key word is irrational. Anytime we move outside the 'norm', irrational follows. Congratulations Rogelio. Much deserved.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Apr 2014):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 Apr 2014):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka said (25 Apr 2014):

    Very interesting and formative!!! Well done. My vote!

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