Daughters of Mercury (daughtersofmercury.com
) has only 4 days left to raise another $10K. In Update #13, I talk about what portraits can do, and confirmed model Jane talks about why representation of diverse and ordinary trans women is important.
"I remember the first time I met a trans girl- that I knew of at least. It was my first day of college and I was in line to get some orientation stuff and I saw this cool looking girl with a floor length skirt on. I remember thinking "Man, that's– why can't I be confident in myself like that? Why can't I wear my skirts and just exist like that." I had been sort of exploring myself but it was always under the guise of my sexuality and never gender, because that wasn't real it wouldn't happen.
I ended up being friends with that girl later down the road, just like I'm friends with many of the people who I had looked up to in that confusing time. The sense of normalcy and like, they weren't "role models" or these lofty unreachable figures. They were women existing, in the ways that I wished I could have for years. I guess it was just comforting to see this existence normalized, to see trans women living and being.
I think that's why this project is so important to me, because it took 18 years to see any of this outside of the context of a joke or some lofty fantasy I was dreaming up. Even as a progressive person, even as a GSA leader, even as a weird gender thing myself I never saw people who looked like me or expressed the thoughts I had bouncing around in my head." -Jane