Photographer Lindsay Morris spent six years documenting gender nonconforming children at Camp “You Are You”. The camp is for kids, 5-12, where they are supported to experience a place free from judgment.
“For many of these children, their perceptions of their gender are misaligned with their bodies. They may later identify as gay, transgender, or somewhere in between. This is just one way of being that has always existed, but only now are we developing the ability to say it’s OK not to put everyone in a neat little box. It will require all of us to break the habit of assigning individuals a gender label and to start thinking of gender on a broader spectrum. I know how lonely, and at times traumatic, life for an LGBT child can be. Looking over your shoulder and navigating your way through curious classmates and the occasional bully can be exhausting. That need to explain one’s self does not exist at camp. Pure freedom of expression is a compelling and emotional thing to witness.”
The photographer is publishing a book in October with resources for families and schools on taking a more active role in the lives of LGBTQ children. Morris’s ultimate goal is for these images to assist in untangling the perception of LGBTQ youth. In order to fund the book and a traveling exhibition of images from the camp, Morris has a Kickstarter campaign, here. (The “Babies With Eyebrows” post got some 600+ Facebook shares – let’s see if we can get this post going around to raise some awareness about this issue. But if you don’t – no judgement.)
(Photos, Lindsay Morris; via BuzzFeed)