Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre
To Survive on This Shore:
Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults
featuring GRACE STERLING STOWELL and DAVID E. WEEKLEY
November 13, 2018
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store and Kristen Porter Presents welcome photographer JESS T. DUGAN and writer and professor VANESSA FABBRE for a discussion of their new book, To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. They will be joined by GRACE STERLING STOWELL and DAVID E. WEEKLEY, two of the subjects featured in the book.
About To Survive on This Shore
Representations of older transgender people are nearly absent from our culture and those that do exist are often one-dimensional. For over five years, photographer Jess T. Dugan and social worker Vanessa Fabbre traveled throughout the United States creating To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Older Adults. Seeking subjects whose lived experiences exist within the complex intersections of gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, sexuality, socioeconomic class, and geographic location, they traveled from coast to coast, to big cities and small towns, documenting the life stories of this important but largely underrepresented group of older adults. The featured individuals have a wide variety of life narratives spanning the last ninety years, offering an important historical record of transgender experience and activism in the United States.
The resulting monograph provides a nuanced view into the struggles and joys of growing older as a transgender person and offers a poignant reflection on what it means to live authentically despite seemingly insurmountable odds.
Walking from the Harvard Square T station: 2 minutes
As you exit the station, reverse your direction and walk east along Mass. Ave. in front of the Cambridge Savings Bank. Cross Dunster St. and proceed along Mass. Ave for three more blocks. You will pass Au Bon Pain, JP Licks, and TD Bank. Harvard Book Store is located at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.
Kristen Porter Presents' (Dyke Night, Boston's Queer Agenda: The List, One Night StandUp, Ze Executive LLC) mission is to partner entertainment with philanthropy by bringing high quality entertainment, fundraisers and dance parties to help support the LGBT Boston community.
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