Transcendent Portraits of Trangender Christopher Street

"My  first realization that I was in the wrong body was when my mother told me I was using the restroom incorrectly."— ShaGasyia Diamond

“My first realization that I was in the wrong body was when my mother told me I was using the restroom incorrectly.”— ShaGasyia Diamond Mark Seliger

I’ve always been intrigued by the life and theater of Christopher Street. I’ve noticed the photographic possibility out of the corner of my eye for the past couple of decades—an Ellis Island for freedom of expression and gender identity. More recently, I’ve noticed it vanishing. My interest in photo documentary led to compiling a series of portraits, which have been collected in On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories (Rizzoli New York, 2016).

'She’s a trans woman and I’m a trans man, so it actually makes us completely normal. I’m a man and she’s a woman, and that’s just as simple as it is.'—Jamel Young

‘She’s a trans woman and I’m a trans man, so it actually makes us completely normal. I’m a man and she’s a woman, and that’s just as simple as it is.’—Jamel Young Mark Seliger

“In a world that is very much heterosexist, patriarchal and misogynistic, I firmly believe that being trans is resistance.” —Lucky S. Michaels

“In a world that is very much heterosexist, patriarchal and misogynistic, I firmly believe that being trans is resistance.” —Lucky S. Michaels Mark Seliger

“I did a movie called The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley and Megan Fox, and I wasn’t out. And the New York Post outed me as a transsexual actress, which devastated me. I felt very discriminated against.”— Victoria Beltran

“I did a movie called The Dictator, with Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley and Megan Fox, and I wasn’t out. And the New York Post outed me as a transsexual actress, which devastated me. I felt very discriminated against.”— Victoria Beltran Mark Seliger

“I always wanted to be a boy—always. I don’t remember ever not wanting that.”—LES LARUE

“I always wanted to be a boy—always. I don’t remember ever not wanting that.”—LES LARUE Mark Seliger

"My first realization that I was in the wrong body was when my mother told me I was using the restroom incorrectly."— ShaGasyia Diamond

“My first realization that I was in the wrong body was when my mother told me I was using the restroom incorrectly.”— ShaGasyia Diamond Mark Seliger

All photos © On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories Photographs by Mark Seliger, Rizzoli New York, 2016

Transcendent Portraits of Trangender Christopher Street