11 intimate portraits of the transmasculine community

Caden - one of the trans men in Soraya Zaman's new American Boys book

A three-year odyssey across the United States to document the lives of trans men reaches bookshelves this month.

American Boys by photographer Soraya Zaman presents what its publisher describes as ‘intimate portraits of the transmasculine community.’

Rufio from Atlanta, Georgia

Rufio from Atlanta, Georgia – aged 27 and six years on testosterone (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

Zaman is an Australian non-binary, queer photographer based in New York. Through their work, they primarily explore notions of sexuality and gender.

Reflecting on the collection of 96 photos, Zaman says: ‘The binary days and the antiquated stereotypes of what it means to be born a girl or boy, are finally coming undone.

‘It is time we acknowledge the human race is more unique and special than these strict and simplistic ways of being which are not relevant to everyone.’

Amari from Mount Dora in Florida

Amari, 33, from Mount Dora in Florida. He talks movingly in American Boys about explaining to his young children of his plan to transition (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

Unique stories and distinct stages of transition

Zaman travelled to 21 states to photograph and interview trans men aged between 18 and 35. Their subjects were each in distinct stages of transition. Zaman also includes their Instagram names.

Aodhàn from Boise, Idaho

Aodhàn from Boise, Idaho (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

Zaman believe that social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter have helped to unite and change conversations around trans and non-binary genders.

Besides presenting their subjects’ stories, American Boys also includes essays and a timeline on the advancement of LGBTI rights in the US. Its publication coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Many regard the riots as a key moment in the LGBTI rights movement in the US. They resulted in the birth of the modern Pride movement.

Trans military ban and reaching out for support

Shane from Hollywood, California

Shane from Hollywood, California. Amongst his deployments, Shane served in Basra, Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011, before coming out publicly as trans in 2011 (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

However, American Boys’ publication also coincides with more concerning developments. Last week, to the dismay of many, President Donald Trump’s ban on openly transgender troops serving in the US military came into effect. The ban could potentially impact 13,000 serving troops.

Tyler, from Port St Lucie, Florida

Tyler, 21 from Port St Lucie, Florida – who explains why getting bottom surgery was important to him (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

‘The transgender military ban is a devastating blow to all trans individuals who have served, currently serving and those who were looking to join,’ Zaman told Gay Star News.

‘It’s also a further affront to the transgender community at large. And everybody who believes in basic human rights.

‘People who are affected by this ban, please reach out to community, friends and family who support and care for you. And if you know someone affected, check in to see if they are OK.’

Chella, from Brooklyn, New York

Chella, from Brooklyn, New York, after three weeks on testosterone (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

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Elijah from Huntsville, Texas

Elijah from Huntsville, Texas – who found verses in the Bible to help his transition to his Christian Baptist family. ‘Galatians 3:28 —“There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”.’ (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

Shae, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Shae, Grand Rapids, Michigan, aged 23 and six months on testosterone, pictured with their wife (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

Lazarus, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Lazarus, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

Zander, Phoenix, Arizona

Zander, who lives in Phoenix, Arizona: ‘Being trans isn’t something that I’m super-upfront about. I need to get really comfortable or super-close with someone then I don’t mind sharing that part of me, but in general passing, it’s not anything I’m upfront about or post on social media, etc.’ (Photo: Soraya Zaman)

American Boys – Photographs by Soraya Zaman (@sorayatzaman), is published by non-profit organization Daylight, and is out now.

All images copyright of Soraya Zaman from the book American Boys published by Daylight Books.

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Converse unveils new Pride shoes, including ones with the trans flag

One ofthe new trans pride Converse shoes

Converse revealed brand new sneakers for the 2019 Pride season — and some boast the transgender flag colors of blue, white, and pink.

There are a total of eight new designs, four boasting the traditional rainbow pride colors and another four with trans designs.

Each group comes with two pairs of high tops and two pairs of low tops. The rainbow collection has white and black shoes with various colorful prints and aesthetics.

On the white high top, a rainbow fans out like a flag on the side, while the black high top features a rainbow lightning bolt print. The black low top, meanwhile, has colorful rainbow laces.

2019 Pride Converse shoes

The 2019 Rainbow Converse | Photo: Converse

 

The trans pride shoes all boast the familiar colors of white, sky blue, and a soft pink. Blue and white are the main colors of the high tops, with the trademark Converse star sporting the trans flag design. The white high top also has pink laces.

If low tops are more of your thing, there’s also blue and white low top styles. On the bottom of the blue low tops, a message reads in black font: ‘Yes to love.’

Converse trans pride shoes

Converse trans pride shoes | Photo: Converse

Converse also did Pride shoes last year, designed by Miley Cyrus.

This year’s Pride sneakers are available now — just in time for Pride season.

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New ad for shaving company casually features a transgender man

San Jose votes to surround airport’s Chick-fil-A with Pride flags

Orlando seeks to become the first city with a network of certified LGBTI businesses

Author: Anya Crittenton

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Charlize Theron reveals her daughter is trans and she fully supports her

Charlize Theron dressed up for the golden globes

Academy Award winning actress Charlize Theron has revealed for the first time her oldest child is trans.

Theron revealed seven-year-old Jackson, proclaimed her gender to the actress at the age of three.

‘Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,’ Charlize told the Daily Mail.

‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: “I am not a boy!”.

‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.’

Jackson is an older sibling to three-year-old August.

‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide,’ Theron said.

‘My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.

‘And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.’

Theron has long been an LGBTI ally. In 2012, she vowed to not get married until same-sex marriage was legalized. Then in 2017 she criticised the lack of bisexual representation in Hollywood.

Positive representation

Many celebrated Theron’s support of her daughter including Sense8 actress, Jamie Clayton.

‘Sending you so much love and light. Thank you beyond,’ Clayton wrote on Twitter.

UK based charity, Mermaids, who work with young gender diverse people not only celebrated Theron’s news, but the way the mainstream media handled it. UK media has come under fire recently for anti-trans articles and editorials.

Mermaids CEO, Susie Green, told Gay Star News the respectful coverage of the story by mainstream media was a welcome change.

‘Parents are constantly criticized for believing their gender variant children and supporting them to live authentically,’ she said.

‘We applaud Charline Theron for listening to her daughter. Too often children are dismissed, their feelings regarded as irrelevant.

‘Recognition that a child or young person knows who they are is hugely important, whatever age they trust their parents with this truth.’

Author: Shannon Power

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