About the Book
“This is Trans” is a project that was built upon two fundamental ideas; education and inclusion. Other transgender galleries and projects have done an incredible job beginning the discussion and showing the world that being transgender is beautiful. This project seeks to break down stigmas that have plagued the transgender community and bring together the incredible diversity within the community. Several participants in this project joined in because they had been told that they are not transgender for multiple reasons; but mainly due to the gatekeeping within the community. Being transgender was thought to be a person who needed to transition socially and medically from one binary gender to the other, aka male to female or female to male. This meant that in order to be validated as a transgender person, you had to pass all of the necessary tests: socially live within the binary gender norms, and have all medical procedures including surgeries and hormones. While it is true that some transgender people do live authentically like this; it is completely false to mandate that all transgender people must live this way to be valid. This is Trans seeks to show that being transgender is an umbrella term, and simply means to identify differently than the assigned gender/sex you were assigned at birth. This includes a wide array of beautiful and diverse individuals, who only seek to live authentically and be validated for their transgender identity.