Website Broadly launches free collection of trans and non-binary stock photos
VICE offshoot Broadly has launched a free stock library with photos of trans and non-binary models with the aim of helping the media “better represent members of these communities.”
Editor-in-chief Lindsay Schrupp explained in an editorial for the publication—VICE’s channel dedicated to women, gender non-conforming people and LGBT+ individuals—on Tuesday (March 26) that the imagery will help to make “visible the full breadth and diversity of transgender personhood.”
Schrupp explained: “Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection aims to help media better represent trans and non-binary people who are not necessarily defined by their gender identities, but rather as human beings with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and internal lives—people you see at the office, at school, in your home.”
Broadly launches free image gallery to show “diversity of transgender personhood”
The editor added that trans people are “rarely depicted as engaging with their communities or participating in public life,” noting that they’re “often portrayed in ways that are misrepresentative, and at times outright destructive.”
“Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection aims to help media better represent trans and non-binary people who are not necessarily defined by their gender identities.”
— Broadly editor in chief Lindsay Schrupp
Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection is made up of almost 200 stock photos of trans and non-binary people, which are listed under the categories of Relationships, Work, Technology, Health, School, and Lifestyles.
The images were captured by photographer Zackary Drucker.
The Gender Spectrum Collection will also be displayed at an event hosted by Broadly in New York to mark Transgender Day of Visibility on March 31.
“Erasure often happens quietly, through falling back on customary practices and making seemingly small decisions to cut here, replace there,” Schrupp’s editorial continued.
“The transgender community has a prolific history of breaking with society’s mandates in order to live as their authentic selves; it’s time we follow in their footsteps, to boldly break from the status quo and usher in a new paradigm of visibility.”