Transilient is a photo and interview based project that documents transgender and gender non conforming people in their day-to-day lived realities while using only their voices. In June and July of 2016, Basil Soper and Jo Case drove around the U.S. interviewing and taking pictures of trans folks. Overall, the project humanizes trans people through discussing things outside of their gender journey, and incorporating their lives into the overall human experience with an understanding of our many intersections. The project intends to destroy a notion that trans folks are only trans and do not have a much going on outside of their gender identity.
When we first hit the road, issues were tense for the trans and gender non conforming community in the States. As we move into a time of uncertainty with a new administration we think it's imperative to continue giving a platform to the trans and gender non conforming family. We are in dire need to be heard, seen, appreciated, and respected in a time where our rights, that were already at stake, may entirely diminish. Aside from that, we must do everything in our power to keep suicide and homicide rates down.
The funds raised will get us to the N. West, gain non profit status, and compile a book of our travels in hopes of empowering our community and changing the trans narrative in mainstream media.
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