For the past three years, the Trans* Calendar Project has been a platform to showcase the visibility and diversity of trans people and for the trans artists involved to practice their craft.
Full of lively, captivating images, the popular Toronto-based project has been successfully funded and featured by Indiegogo in 2013 and 2014, selling more than 1,000 calendars worldwide. This week the project once again succeeded in raising the funds needed -- $11,000 -- to support this year's calendars and help participants with transition-related costs.
The Trans* Calendar Project appeals to audiences in part because it emphasizes the importance of creating art by and of trans people. The project's seven-person staff and numerous models are all trans-identified and have control over how they're being represented, according to the project's Indiegogo page.
"I feel like there's an image of what 'trans' is and what 'trans' is like in the media, which is not accurate whatsoever," explains Chase, a 2013 participant, in the fundraising video.
"I think that [the project] really shows a different aspect of the trans community that people don't usually have access tom" Chase continues. "[Viewers] understand that we're not just a one-dimensional person. We have lives, and we all look different."
Check out the images below for a glimpse of models from the project's past and present.
Kiley and Julian
See more photos from the calendar on the following page.