Ander (Barrancabermeja, 1998): “Alas I don't have acces to chest binders that meet safety standards. Binders from Colombia are of poor quality and I can't  afford to import better ones from the U.S. That's why I use bandages.  I know it's bad for my health, but it's the only way to make my chest  flatter and that's important to me.”
Ander (Barrancabermeja, 1998): “Alas I don't have acces to chest binders that meet safety standards. Binders from Colombia are of poor quality and I can't afford to import better ones from the U.S. That's why I use bandages. I know it's bad for my health, but it's the only way to make my chest flatter and that's important to me.”
Alisson (Cocorná, 1994): “Since 4 years I work as a teacher. My pupils have always accepted me completely, but some of my former employers had  problems with my transition. At my current school I warned them, ‘It is  forbidden by law to discriminate against me.’ This time I did not get any  complaints. My father, however, will never accept me. He forced me  to leave my house and my town, and he told me to commit suicide.”
Alisson (Cocorná, 1994): “Since 4 years I work as a teacher. My pupils have always accepted me completely, but some of my former employers had problems with my transition. At my current school I warned them, ‘It is forbidden by law to discriminate against me.’ This time I did not get any complaints. My father, however, will never accept me. He forced me to leave my house and my town, and he told me to commit suicide.”
“I have not been raped. Not yet. But life is dangerous for trans women. In Colombia their life expectation is 35 years, because they are often killed to cover up a rape. Policemen are the biggest danger to us. Once  a group of officers stopped me and told me we are the shit of society. After that they beat me. I sued them and they were sanctioned, based on footage from camera surveillance. I decided to defend my rights, because I am a normal person who doesn't deserve this kind of treatment.”
“I have not been raped. Not yet. But life is dangerous for trans women. In Colombia their life expectation is 35 years, because they are often killed to cover up a rape. Policemen are the biggest danger to us. Once a group of officers stopped me and told me we are the shit of society. After that they beat me. I sued them and they were sanctioned, based on footage from camera surveillance. I decided to defend my rights, because I am a normal person who doesn't deserve this kind of treatment.”
Julian (Medellín, 1998): “When I go to the gym, I never wear a  chest binder, so that people are able to see my breasts. Sometimes  men ask me questions and this is the moment I can educate people  about transgender topics. If we want people to understand us,  we should be visible.”
Julian (Medellín, 1998): “When I go to the gym, I never wear a chest binder, so that people are able to see my breasts. Sometimes men ask me questions and this is the moment I can educate people about transgender topics. If we want people to understand us, we should be visible.”
“I want to become a psychologist, to help other trans people. Taking  care of mental health is very important when you’re part of a minority  group like we are.”
“I want to become a psychologist, to help other trans people. Taking care of mental health is very important when you’re part of a minority group like we are.”
Laura Daniel (Bogotá, 1996): “When I changed my name to Laura Daniel  on my legal documents, I declared my gender to be 'female'. I would love to have another option, to express my non-binary identity,  but this is forbidden in Colombia.”
Laura Daniel (Bogotá, 1996): “When I changed my name to Laura Daniel on my legal documents, I declared my gender to be 'female'. I would love to have another option, to express my non-binary identity, but this is forbidden in Colombia.”
“The ‘f’ in my ID, combined with my masculine appearance, could  cause problems with the police, but so far I've never had any trouble and I am ready to defend myself. I have the right to be who I am.”
“The ‘f’ in my ID, combined with my masculine appearance, could cause problems with the police, but so far I've never had any trouble and I am ready to defend myself. I have the right to be who I am.”
Ander (Barrancabermeja, 1998): “At the age of twenty I felt extremely depressed. I knew I wanted to transition, but I did not know how. And I had this fear of my family, my friends and society. Would they ever treat me like a man?”
Ander (Barrancabermeja, 1998): “At the age of twenty I felt extremely depressed. I knew I wanted to transition, but I did not know how. And I had this fear of my family, my friends and society. Would they ever treat me like a man?”
“When I finally came out my sisters supported me. But my mother  is blinded by religion. She is a member of the evangelical church  and in that community they don’t accept people like me. She refuses  to learn about the topic and eventually made me leave the house.  When this happened, she hugged me in tears saying I would always be  her favorite daughter.”
“When I finally came out my sisters supported me. But my mother is blinded by religion. She is a member of the evangelical church  and in that community they don’t accept people like me. She refuses to learn about the topic and eventually made me leave the house. When this happened, she hugged me in tears saying I would always be her favorite daughter.”
Julio (Medellín, 1996): “I only had one person in my life who supported me. My mother. She died two years ago. My father fought me aggressively over my transgender feelings and said I would never be a real man.”
Julio (Medellín, 1996): “I only had one person in my life who supported me. My mother. She died two years ago. My father fought me aggressively over my transgender feelings and said I would never be a real man.”
“After my mother's death I lived with my uncle and aunt. But they deliberately used my female birth name and asked me  to leave their house. Now I am all alone. To make a living, I work as a webcam model. In the future I hope to become a trans role model.”
“After my mother's death I lived with my uncle and aunt. But they deliberately used my female birth name and asked me to leave their house. Now I am all alone. To make a living, I work as a webcam model. In the future I hope to become a trans role model.”
Ariana (Mexico, 2002): “My coming out was relatively easy. Both of my parents are doctors and well educated. In the beginning  they kept quiet about it, but I pushed them little by little by buying  female clothes and wearing makeup. At some point they went to an organization for LGBT families to learn more about the topic and from that moment on I had their full support.”
Ariana (Mexico, 2002): “My coming out was relatively easy. Both of my parents are doctors and well educated. In the beginning they kept quiet about it, but I pushed them little by little by buying female clothes and wearing makeup. At some point they went to an organization for LGBT families to learn more about the topic and from that moment on I had their full support.”
“In the street and in school I make myself visible as a trans woman,  to encourage other young trans people to come out. If you walk  in the street and see LGBT people, it means it is safe to be yourself.  Of course I do take precautions: I only go outside for a walk  with big groups.”
“In the street and in school I make myself visible as a trans woman, to encourage other young trans people to come out. If you walk in the street and see LGBT people, it means it is safe to be yourself. Of course I do take precautions: I only go outside for a walk with big groups.”
Nicolás (Bogotá, 1998): “In my childhood I had a very strong bond  with the partner of my mother, to such an extent that my mother  was even jealous of us. I expected him to be my ally when I came out,  but it turned out to be on the contrary. He resonded in a very bullying  tone, ‘You will never be happy with this decision.’ That sentence  has haunted me for many years, especially in moments of depression.”
Nicolás (Bogotá, 1998): “In my childhood I had a very strong bond with the partner of my mother, to such an extent that my mother was even jealous of us. I expected him to be my ally when I came out, but it turned out to be on the contrary. He resonded in a very bullying tone, ‘You will never be happy with this decision.’ That sentence has haunted me for many years, especially in moments of depression.”
“After my coming out I was kicked of my house. I did not get any support from my parents. But I am also independent, with a good house in a nice neighborhood. I speak fluent English. And I have a well paid job at an international call centre where I am not discriminated for being trans.”
“After my coming out I was kicked of my house. I did not get any support from my parents. But I am also independent, with a good house in a nice neighborhood. I speak fluent English. And I have a well paid job at an international call centre where I am not discriminated for being trans.”