Transgender in Mongolia
In Mongolia, transgender people face extreme violence and discrimination, much of which goes unreported because the law does not protect them. Out of fear, many stay in the closet. Photographer Álvaro Laiz spent three and a half months in 2011 photographing male-to-female transgender people in Mongolia to explore notions of identity in a place where they are forced to hide who they are. “They cannot express themselves normally except in certain places. Your life becomes a scenario in which you are pretending to be someone else. Your job, your relatives become part of this performance, and little space is left to act as you would really want to be. It is insane,” he said via email.
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10 Facts People Should Know About Mongolia
- Grace Jacobsen - When I was nine years old, my family moved to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. We lived there four years before moving back to the United States. I know that doesn’t sound like a very long…
Please, read #2. Nothing annoys a Mongolian more than foreigners asking them if they speak Chinese. If you are not sure, ask what language they speak. I mean it’s a good rule to follow, you don’t want to be that one person who always makes (perhaps, racist) assumptions.
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^very nice shots