It's Not a Choice
Transgender Kids in America
Transgender kids in America are experiencing a different, and in some ways easier, transition than people who transition to their authentic gender later in life. With these kids, we - society - are called to broaden our perception of human expression. Transgender youth and young adults have a complex narrative that they must navigate. Luckily, there are many gender-affirming mental and medical professionals to aid in this journey. Conversely, there are many obstacles from people and institutions who misunderstand, judge, hate, and resist human expression different from their own.
With this project I aim:
1. To use art and public exhibition as a medium to raise social awareness of transgender youth, the inner and outer processes they experience, the day-to-day obstacles they experience, and how their families are affected.
2. To shed light on transgender youth and their lives as part of the fabric of our society, to humanize their existence and make them tangible as people, not just a demographic or an abstract construct.
3. To advocate for transgender youth through visual evidence and storytelling in support of their rights.