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TRANSGENDER DAY of VISIBILITY in SF

I had the honor of attending the Transgender Day of Visibility celebration at The Center in San Francisco (which is a really beautiful space, if you've never been). The word I think of to describe this event is "acceptance." Maybe "health" too. The entire energy of the place was comfortable, supportive, and swimming with love. The evening began with snacks and conversation, then officially commenced with a transgender man blessing the space through American Indian ceremony. In his lineage, he has learned that to be a "two-spirit," an indigenous term for those who are male in a female body or female in a male body, is a very special blessing. This was made fact to me, as it was unavoidably tangible in the space we filled. 

As I was leaving, I noticed a man with his children stop outside and blow bubbles for a minute or two while his girls popped them. Then they went inside. The idea of community spans so much farther than simply tolerating an idea. Wether you're directly impacted, or live as an ally, you have to let it become a part of who you are. I believe the world is getting braver. When you're controlled for a very long time, there comes a breaking point and the demand of independence is suddenly known, and acted upon. For many people, that breaking point is happening. And I am proud to stand next to them.

To get more information about LGBT support centers near you, click here to visit LGBTcenters.org to find the nearest location. 



Traveling Through Space + Time

Wow. 2014. I'm not sure just how it happened, but the year seemed to vanish with tremendous speed. I've been thinking about my goals for 2015 - where I want to go, what I would like to shoot, and in what context. My desire to combine art and humanitarian efforts needs to be fulfilled. There's a lot in the works that I'm really excited about. 

I took some time this morning to reflect on my past travels, before I had a "real" camera, and was too embarrassed to be seen with one for fear of looking like a tourist. If I could go back and tell  my younger self to calm down and stop trying to be so forcibly casual about things I actually wanted to take seriously, I would have started documenting the moments I experienced and people I met with a lot more clarity and focus. Lesson learned. The memories for me still remain strong, and I have plenty of places to return to and work closer with. These photos were all taken between 2008-2010. A lot can happen in such short periods of time. "The moment" can feel like forever when you're in the center of it, but always in retrospect the truth is made plain. There is an infinite span of time in a single second, if you take the time to tell the story of it. This is, in short, my greatest goal for 2015 and the years to follow. 

I look forward to it all. 

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