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Gender thoughts

July 20, 2015

Describing her photography work in her book, TransCuba, Mariette Pathy Allen writes:

“For the past thirty-five years, I have been involved with the transgender community as a photographer, writer, advocate, ally, and friend. My focus remains the same as when I started: the de-freakification of gender-variant people. Just in the process of living their lives, people who are gender nonconforming make profound questions visible: What is the relationship between body and mind? What does “man” or “woman” mean? Finally, what is the essence of a human being?” (p.17)

“The people who comprise what we understand as transgender have always existed, but the understanding of who they are and how they can participate in society is new.” (p.18)

Ref: Mariette Pathy Allen (2004) Transcuba [Hillsborough, NC?] : Daylight Community Arts Foundation

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