This project documents how transgender and gender nonconforming Latinx immigrants in Queens, NY have mobilized to resist the impact of the Covid-19.
The starting point of this essay the tragic passing of TransLatina activist and icon Lorena Borjas due to COVID-19 illness. Lorena worked for over 26 years on the frontlines, fighting to help the Trans immigrant community in Queens survive and to navigate the seemingly insurmountable challenges of ongoing discrimination in employment, homelessness, hate crimes, and poverty.
These photographs celebrate the beauty and resilience of a community which has been severely impacted by loss of life and livelihood caused by the pandemic.
This work was supported by the National Geographic Society’s Emergency Fund for Journalists.