Paulina is one of the 9 million of LGBT Americans estimated¹. Some transgender individuals may identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual².

“S/he” seeks to reflect the lifestyle of transgender people in different parts of the world: their passions, routines, fears, hobbies and lifestyle by capturing moments of their daily life.

Paulina and I had a great time visiting some friends of her, driving to the top of Waimea Canyon, enjoying the views from there while smoking pot and listening 95.5 Surf radio station. This was the optimal environment to talk about her experience being a transgender in a low class neighborhood. The suffering and frustrations that she felt before showing up as a woman, but also the satisfaction and freedom of facing to the rest as she is.

Fear only exists when you avoid who you are. When you face your own fears you just discover that there’s no fear.


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Katie survives occupying an apartment in Waimea (Kawai) and spending most of her time making crafts and notebooks to sell it on the beach.

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¹ Surveys in the United States and across the world include questions that allow for an estimate of the size of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.
  National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, 2009
  California Health Interview Survey, 2009
  General Social Survey, 2008
  National Survey of Family Growth 2006-2008 (Age 18-44)
  National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions 2004-2005
 ² It is not possible to make a precise the concrete number. Survey methods can also affect the willingness of respondents to report stigmatizing identities and behaviors.

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  1. October 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Amazing photography Lena! I’m pretty blown away!


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