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Jess T. Dugan
September 18, 2020 – April 25, 2021
Perlman Photography Gallery
Recognizing the dearth of complex, human-centered storytelling about the lives of transgender and gender-expansive older adults, Dugan and Fabbre—a social worker and assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis—traveled the United States to gather stories from individuals whose activism and experiences influenced the course of LGBTQIA2S+ history.
In Dugan’s own words, “The resulting portraits and narratives provide a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offer a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.”
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Hank and Samm
“I always say, ‘I’m just Hank. I’m not he, I’m not she, I’m just Hank. I’m who I’ve always been.’” (Hank)
“She was different from anybody I have ever met in my whole life and I knew that she would be in my life for the rest of my life.”(Samm)
Sky and Mike
“Life really begins when you step out of fear.” (Sky)
“Sky’s the first person I met who I could see growing old with, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve stayed together.” (Mike)