Intimate Photos Capture the Daily Lives of Cuba’s Transgender Community

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Photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, who has documented transgender lives around the globe, took her lens to Cuba to show trans* lives in the slowly loosening environment of Raoul Castro’s rule. As America opens a new relationship with Cuba, and as we ponder the concept of transgender images in the media in the wake of Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover reveal, her photos provide a fascinating look at the community beyond statistics and celebrities — and beyond America’s shores.

Allen’s photos are on display in a forthcoming solo show in San Fransisco. TransCuba by Mariette Pathy Allen will be on view from June 25 – July 31 at the Rayko Photo Center in San Fransisco.

All images copyright Mariette Pathy Allen, from the book TransCuba, published by Daylight.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Amanda at home wearing Eiffel Tower T-Shirt, Havana.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Paloma with her boyfriend at Mi Cayito beach, near Havana.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Erika at home, Cienfuegos.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Erika with her boyfriend, Cienfuegos.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Laura at home, Havana.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Sissi, hairdresser, with her niece, Cienfuegos.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Nomi and Miguel, partners, watching television at Malu’s apartment, Havana.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Charito at home with one-week-old piglet, Camagüey.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Alsola, Santiago de Cuba.

Photo credit: Mariette Pathy Allen

Malu with her parents and sister, in front of their home.