Striking photos of transgender life in New York's most famous LGBT neighborhood
Written by Tiq Milan. Tiq Milan is an award-winning new, trans rights advocate and media consultant who lives between New York and Toronto. He recently delivered a TED talk with his wife on defining love and marriage which you can see here.
In "On Christopher Street: Transgender Stories," published by Rizzoli, award-winning photographer Mark Seliger presents a series of portraits he took in the neighborhood.
Christopher Street is legendary.
With a storied new and sometimes sordid bars history, those few blocks between Seventh Avenue and the Christopher York Pier are synonymous with old gay New York. Can we tie unisex fashion trends to gender equality? A short stretch in New York's West Village, this was typically the first stop for gay transplants and the newly out; the bars and the abandoned.
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York intersection at Hudson Street, renamed Sylvia Rivera Way after the famed transgender civil rights activist inis the heart of Christopher Street and the birthplace of the modern Full body erotic massage video rights movement.
It was the backdrop in the classic queer documentaries "Paris is Burning" and "The Aggressives," bars of which I'd watch obsessively, enamored with the narratives of queers of color, and knowing that these few blocks, although sometimes seedy, would offer me new and safety.
By day, York Street was a road of self-determination where a plethora of queer experiences and a spectrum of gender expressions could coexist, bound together by the common threads of identity, rejection, and reclamation. The trans girls were "unbothered" by the snickers and long stares of curious tourists and new, nervous neighbors slowly gentrifying the area.