lindsay morris

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You Are You
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Location: Sag Harbor, New York
Nationality: American
Biography: Lindsay Morris received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art. Morris discovered her passion for photography on a yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange program in South Africa and continued her photographic studies at the School of the... MORE
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You Are You
Copyright lindsay morris 2022
Date of Work Jul 2014 - Ongoing
Updated Jun 2020
Topics Celebrations, Children, Civil Rights, Documentary, Family, Freedom, Friends + Family, Gay Rights, Gender, Happiness, Hope, Human Rights, Joy, Personal, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Revolution, Teens, Transgender, Youth

YOU ARE YOU

You Are You documents an annual weekend summer camp for gender-creative children and their families. This camp offers a temporary safe haven where children can freely express their interpretations of gender alongside their parents and siblings without feeling the need to look over their shoulders.

In 2007 I started attending camp with a family member. It was with a great deal of courage in 2012, that the camp parents and children agreed to have selected images published as the cover story of the New York Times Magazine. This started what we all agreed was a very important and timely dialogue in a public forum. Since then this story has been published in 13 countries and translated into 10 languages demonstrating a global interest in the predicament of gender independent youth.

By sharing this unique story, I intend to reach beyond the confines of the camp to contribute to a dialogue about the crucial role that support plays in the lives of gender-creative children. A lack of understanding of gender identity and the ways in which these children express themselves often leads to discrimination. Through these images the viewer will experience something different; a groundbreaking, heart-opening place that serves as the backdrop for this important moment in history. Where the first gender creative childhood is being freely expressed.

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