Joana Toro Colombian is a self-taught photographer based in both New York City and Bogota, Colombia. Her work explores issues of immigration, human rights and identity and was featured on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Journalist, Designer, Street Art, Documentary
I. DRESSING ROOM Daily life inside of a Dressing Room at a local Latino gay club in Queens New York. Inthe dressing room, and outgo the troubles and the sorrows. This is a temple of transformation where they all socialize together, honoring the beauty ritual of ‘becoming’.
Sharon Guerra participant in Miss Latinos D local beauty contest is helped at the main door of the gay club.
II. Translatina This project is about the Latino Trans community. Many of them come to New York running away from the violence against their sexual condition in many countries in Central and Latin America. This pictures documents transgender Latinas and includes collaborative portraits of these women in their homes.
Laura Matinez is a famous Trans artist of performance into the Latino LGTB community, Laura poses before be operate to complete her transformation to be a complete woman.
Laura takes under her wing more than 40 Latina trans and drags beginners that receive her last name Martinez, as a symbol of being into her family."Many trans teens commit suicide or take drugs alcohol because of the lack of support of their original families"
“I currently avoid going to church when there’s people or celebrations, not because I’m antisocial, but because many people at church judge me. I prefer to go and connect with God alone. I go every Friday in the afternoon, right after receiving my paycheck as a kitchen helper in a restaurant, to give thanks for my health, my job, my studies as a fashion designer and my family.” Said Juni Estudillo.
Juni Estudillo, 27-year-old Mexican, Dover NJ. Ever since childhood, Juni was unable to connect with her male gender; at the age of 18 she decided to tell her parents she was gay and started having romantic relationships with men, but she never bonded. She felt something was missing. She had never heard of trans women. It was her brother who shared with her some videos about trans woman in Mexico, and it was then she began to learn about what it was to be a trans woman.
Yessica Goman 33 years Ecuadorian trans woman living in New Jersey 21 years ago. At the age of 17 she decides to transform her body taking hormones, Yessica describes this process as extremely difficult because of the absence of education for undocumented LGTB communities and lack of opportunities.
Yessica Goman has status as a resident, she is happily married. She is an LGTB activist, in Jackson Heights and also she is working in a cleaning company she thanks the social organizations who support her with legal advice and medical attention in NYC.
“ Familiar rejection is one of the most important factors to get involve in drugs and prostitution into the Trans Latina community.”
Lesly Herrera Castillo’s seen in her home, where she tells of her childhood in Mexico. At the age of 12, she began to take hormones in secret to transform her body. At 17, she left home to live in Mexico City where she had a difficult time. Lesly then decided to migrate to the USA to escape a life of sexual harassment, police abuse, and a disapproving family atmosphere.