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, Educator
A drag is getting ready to perform in front of the crow in Queens gay parade celebration.
In the dressing room, of local LGBTQ clubs in Queens, New York the participants and audiences have many problems, maybe with money, lovers, drugs, or with work; some have visas, while others are without documents; some are sex workers, others are just people that enjoy the show. But in this place, largely hidden from the outside world, everyone is considered the same, with an equal right to enjoy being who they are. They leave their hardships at the door and transfigure themselves into something luminous, even sacred.
Laura Martinez's presentation at a local LGBTQ club in Jackson Heights, Queens New York. She is a famous Drag performance into the Latin LGTB community she has been working in the entertainment business for more than 11 years, she is followed by many emerging drags and transgender people that want to be like her. Laura takes under her wing more than 40 Latina transgender woman that receives her last name, Martinez, as a symbol of being into her family. "Many trans teens commit suicide or take drugs, or alcohol because of the lack of support of their original families,” Laura said.