The driving force behind our project is the individuals whose stories we are hoping to tell.  We are currently looking for participants throughout the country.  If you are over the age of 50 and self-identify as transgender, transsexual, gender-variant, or gender non-conforming, we'd love to hear from you. 

If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jess at jesstdugan@gmail.com with the following information: your name, age, gender identity, location, and general availability.  A photograph would be helpful but is not required.



Once you decide you'd like to participate, we will set up a time to meet.  We prefer to meet you at your home if possible, as this is often the most comfortable environment for conducting the interview and it also makes for a portrait that reflects who you are.  However, if for any reason this is not an option, we're happy to meet you at a convenient location.  We have met previous participants in a variety of locations, including local parks, LGBT Centers, and other non-profit organizations who have generously offered their space.

Vanessa will conduct an audio-recorded interview about your life experiences and the path you have taken to become who you are in the present day.  The interview usually lasts between 30-45 minutes. 

Jess will then create a portrait, working with you directly to create an image that feels representative of your identity and experiences.  You will receive a copy of the final photograph in both print and digital form.

The interviews will be transcribed, and from the written transcriptions, we will choose select quotes to accompany your photograph.  Before the quotes are finalized, we will send them to you to assure that they are accurate and representative of your identity and what you shared with us during the interview.