Art at Gender Odyssey 2016

Featuring the work of…

Gender Diversity Trans* Teen Art Project

Also on exhibit at the Seattle Public Library during LGBT Pride.

artshow2016-teens2_300This exhibit showcases acrylic paintings by a group of transgender/gender diverse teens. Gender Diversity is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that provides monthly support groups for trans* youth and families with gender-diverse kids.

Gender Diversity organized a workshop for teens, providing a space for creative expression with their peers and to practice acrylic painting and mixed media skills. The resulting artwork reflects who these teens are and how they fit into the world.

The Seattle Public Library is hosting this exhibit at the downtown Central Library. We believe that members of our broader communities—schools, neighborhoods, civic and faith associations—need to understand the concerns and aspirations of their gender-diverse teens. Trans* youth are current and future leaders of the trans*, Queer and intersecting communities. Exhibiting this artwork can help strengthen the voices of their generation.

Gage Academy of Art supported this project by donating classroom facilities. Gage also provides a welcoming environment for trans* and genderqueer teens through Teen Art Studios (TAS), a free, year-round, evening drop-in studio art program for young artists.

Jess T. Dugan

To Survive on this Shore:
Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender-variant older adults


At this year’s Gender Odyssey conference, artist Jess T. Dugan will be exhibiting photographs from their ongoing project To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and interviews with transgender and gender diverse older adults, which combines photographs of transgender and gender diverse people over the age of fifty with interviews about their life experiences in regards to gender, identity, age, and sexuality and provides a nuanced view into the complexities of aging as a transgender person.

“In the ’60s they called me a sissy.
In the ’70s they called me a faggot.
In the ’80s I was a queen, or they called me a queen.
In the ’90s I was transgender.
In the 2000s I was a woman, and now I’m just Grace.” –Grace, 56, Boston, MA

This project is made in collaboration with Vanessa Fabbre, PhD, LCSW, a social worker and Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging. By combining their experiences working as a photographer and social worker within the transgender community, Jess and Vanessa hope to create a project that is simultaneously highly personal and socially relevant.

artshow2016-adults2_300Since 2013, they have photographed and interviewed over 50 people throughout the United States, intentionally seeking out subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location. Conceived of as both an exhibition and publication, the project will ultimately include 75 portraits and interviews and will also be donated in its entirety to several archives, including the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, IN, the Sexual Minorities Archive in Holyoke, MA, and the Transgender Archives at the University of Victoria.

Jess will be speaking about the project at the Gender Odyssey conference and will also be making new portraits in the Seattle area throughout the week. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jess at jesstdugan [AT]

More information about the project can be seen at:


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