Two young adults sitting side by side hugging each other and smiling directly into the camera. The person on the left has short, dark hair and is wearing a denim button down shirt. The person on the right is wearing a patterned dress and a deep red head scarf.

Authentic Selves

Celebrating Trans and Non-binary People and Their Families
03 May - 29 August 2024
James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center - 3rd Fl
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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Authentic Selves is an exhibition with a companion book featuring photographs and interviews with people of all ages who are trans, nonbinary and gender fluid along with some of their family members. Through first-person accounts and beautiful images, this exhibition seeks to challenge damaging myths and stereotypes about trans and nonbinary people.

Authentic Selves explores the many aspects of gender identity and variance by sharing these important ground-breaking stories, which celebrate a range of views, opinions and experiences that are unique and empowering to trans and nonbinary people. By encouraging people of all ages to affirm and appreciate diversity, Authentic Selves contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance.  As a remarkable tool designed to prevent bullying and increase empathy and connection, Authentic Selves will hopefully help make the world a safer place for all people.

Authentic Selves was curated and developed by Family Diversity Projects



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