Wendy at home, Havana © Mariette Pathy Allen
More on the topic of gender (see Jill Peter's lovely Hijras in the mag).
Daylight Books is proud to announce the publication of Mariette Pathy Allen's wonderful long-term project TransCuba.
"For more than 30 years, New York based photographer and painter Mariette Pathy Allen has been documenting transgender culture worldwide; in 2004 she won the Lambda Literary Award for her monograph The Gender Frontier. In her new publication, TransCuba, Allen focuses on the transgender community of Cuba, especially its growing visibility and acceptance in a country whose government is transitioning into a more relaxed model of communism under Raúl Castro's presidency. This publication therefore records a cultural watershed within Cuba. In addition to color photographs and interviews by Allen, the book also includes a contribution from Raúl Castro's daughter, Mariela Castro, who is the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education in Havana. In 2005, Castro proposed a project, which became law three years later, to allow transgender individuals to receive sex reassignment surgery and change their legal gender."
Charito at home with one-week-old piglet, Camaguey
Alsola, Santiago de Cuba
Amanda at home, Havana
Laura at home, Havana
Nomi and Miguel watching television. All images © Mariette Pathy Allen