‘Are You Ok?’ project gives voice to transgender kids in South Dakota.

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04/25/2022

In the first half of 2022, bills in state legislatures targeting transgender individuals are already outpacing 2021 legislation according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The exponential growth of anti-transgender legislation over the last few years inspired one Santa Fe-based photographer to begin the Are You Ok? project to share the stories of those most impacted by the legislation. For the last year, photographer Jesse Freidin has been travelling through the South and the Midwest meeting with transgender and nonbinary youth to give them visibility and a voice in light of recent legislative backlash. “I just got very activated and angry and felt like I wanted to get involved and do what I could, and photography and storytelling is a tool that I have that I know that I can do,” Freidin said.

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