Last year the agency that does all the wonderful ads for the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene approached me about the second part of their “Take Care/Take Pride” campaign for Trans Health. The focus this time around was FTM Trans/Trans men.
I thought in a panic, “I’m a middle aged, boring, straight white lady. What do I know about the Trans community!!??” I am not someone to back down from a challenge. I remembered a former co-worker of mine dated a Trans man a few years back and I took her to coffee and asked her to point me in the right direction.
I needed 8 talent of all ethnicities for this shoot and we had 68 people show up for the casting!
I am also happy to say this and other castings & shoots for NYC DOHMH have made me a friend & advocate of the Trans community, they are my brothers & sisters!
I am a better person having met all of you!
Photographer: James Weber www.jamesweberstudio.com
Casting/Production: Desiree Kennedy Productions