Transmasculinidad is an exploration of gender and masculinity across Latin America, both personally and politically. We began this project in 2016 in Peru, a country where gender roles are strict and machismo is unforgiving. The transgender and non-binary community was incredibly gracious and open, sharing their successes, difficulties, and fears with us. Since then, we travelled north from Chile to Mexico, documenting trans masculinity and non-binary lives as we went.
These portraits and their accompanying handwritten testimonials illuminate the struggles of transgender life and celebrate the diversity of gender expression and transgender existence. We are focusing on the masculine end of the gender spectrum, trans men and gender non-binary people have a unique vantage point of how society treats femininity and masculinity and the dis//advantages each bring in machista Latin American culture.
The culture and legislation varies by country - some are restrictive and punishing, others repentant and, in some cases, even supportive of LGBT rights - the political informing the personal acutely and palpably.