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Art Show 2016

Featuring the work of
Gender Diversity’s Trans Teen Art Project

Gender Diversity organized a workshop for teens, providing a space for creative expression to practice acrylic painting and mixed media skills. The resulting exhibit showcases acrylic paintings by a group of transgender/gender-diverse teens reflecting who these teens are and how they fit into the world.

We are proud to display this exhibit during our 15th annual Gender Odyssey conference. We want members of our broader communities—schools, neighborhoods, civic and faith associations—to understand the concerns and aspirations of their gender diverse teens. Trans* youth are current and future leaders of the trans*, Queer and intersecting communities. Exhibiting this artwork can strengthen the voices of their generation.

Special thanks to Gage Academy of Art who generously donated classroom facilities to support this project. Gage provides a welcoming environment for trans* and genderqueer teens through Teen Art Studios (TAS), a free, year-round, evening drop-in studio art program for young artists.

The Seattle Public Library is hosting this exhibit at the downtown Central Library during Seattle’s LGBT Pride events and through the month of July.

To Survive on This Shore


Louis, 53, Springfield, MA

Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender diverse older adults

At this year’s Gender Odyssey conference, artist Jess T. Dugan will be exhibiting photographs from their ongoing project To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender diverse older adults, which combines photographs of transgender and gender diverse people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences in regards to gender, identity, age, and sexuality and provides a nuanced view into the complexities of aging as a transgender person.

“In the ’60s they called me a sissy.
In the ’70s they called me a faggot.
In the ’80s I was a queen, or they called me a queen.
In the ’90s I was transgender.
In the 2000s I was a woman, and now I’m just Grace.” – Grace, 56, Boston, MA

This project is made in collaboration with Vanessa Fabbre, PhD, LCSW, a social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging. By combining their experiences working as a photographer and social worker within the transgender community, Jess and Vanessa hope to create a project that is simultaneously highly personal and socially relevant.


Ellen, 60, and Meredith, 63, San Diego

Since 2013, they have photographed and interviewed over 50 people throughout the United States, intentionally seeking out subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location. Conceived of as both an exhibition and publication, the project will ultimately include 75 portraits and interviews and will also be donated in its entirety to several archives, including the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN, the Sexual Minorities Archive in Holyoke, MA, and the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria.

Photographer Jess T Dugan will be speaking about the project at the Gender Odyssey conference and will also be making new portraits in the Seattle area throughout the week. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jess at jesstdugan [AT] gmail.com.

More information about the project can be seen at: www.tosurviveonthisshore.com