13 Apr 2014
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.