Visible Bodies: Transgender Narratives Retold

San Diego is helping rewrite the way stories about transgender people are told, through an exhibit of more than 30 portraits of people in the local transgender community.

BY Advocate.com Editors

August 05 2013 5:00 AM ET

Liz
I find scars to be beautiful.
Whether surgical, accidental, self-inflicted or emotional:
They all have character.
They all tell a story.

Scars are born from trauma. And trauma is always at the heart of transitional periods of life.

I shave my head to show what was designed for my hair to hide.
I tattoo my skin to reveal internal scars.
I do this, not because I desire pity,
But because I have pride.
Because I have resilience.
Because I revel in the journey.
Because I need to heal.

I choose to show my scars.
I choose to show beauty.

Elizabeth Lain, age 30
Gender Identity: genderfluid/agender/femme
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Tags: Transgender

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