“The Trans List”, by portrait photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and with interviews by trans author and advocate Janet Mock, explores the range of experiences lived by Americans who identify as transgender (an umbrella term for people whose gender identity does not conform to that typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth). No two experiences of trans people are exactly alike. Transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender fluid, and non-binary are just a few of the multitude of self-identifiers in the trans community. This book gives a platform to a diverse group of forty individuals to tell their stories in their own words of their experience with identity, family, career, love, struggle and accomplishment.
Many Americans have a profound lack of understanding of what it means to be trans, and as a consequence trans people commonly face a wide variety of discrimination and barriers to equality. Most states do not provide protection for trans people when it comes to basic needs like housing, education and employment. Violence committed against trans people, especially trans women of color, is disproportionately high. Our hope is that this book and upcoming HBO film will help illuminate the trans experience in this country, as our subjects share their complexity, humanity, courage, trials and triumphs.