PHOTOS: Trans Infographics Start Conversations We Need to Be Having
BY Mitch Kellaway
June 26 2014 8:17 PM ET
AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
"Respresentation of trans* people is lacking in other arenas, so kudos to the community for making their own damn arena [on social media]!" says Rafay Agha, commnications coordinator for the AIDS Committee of Toronto.
ACT's most recent infographic, "10 Things Gay/Bi/Queer Trans Men Want Gay Cis Men to Know," went viral this month, according to Agha. The visual was developed in partnership with ACT's support group for trans men, launched after the group received funding specifically for developing trans-related programming.
Posted in both paper and online newsletters read by upwards of 10,000 people, Agha tells The Advocate that the infographic has also "taken on a life of its own on social media, especially Tumblr. Whenever we post anything related to trans men, the response is always staggering."
See what all the chatter is about below:
The Faces of Trans*
On the Faces of Trans* website, founder and creative director Elle Boatman explains that the project gives trans people "an opportunity to speak for themselves, in their own words" to help break down stereotypes.
The project also creates images of allies, who she says "are invaluable in our fight for equality and recognition," and help to provide a sense of community and support.
Boatman tells The Advocate that the project emerged from her own "difficult and lonely" experiences of transitioning in Wichita, Kan., where she feels the trans community is "mostly hidden and scattered." Developing a collection of informational art — one piece of which was even displayed on a local billboard — is her way of letting other trans people know they're not alone.
Meet some of the faces of Trans* Kansas below: