This social documentary photography was submitted to Edge of Humanity Magazine by Independent Documentary Photographer Nicolo Filippo Rosso.
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From project “Transgender’s Life, Barrio Santa Fe, Bogota“.
The Barrio Santa Fè, situated in the center of Bogotà, is since the 80’s the tolerance zone for transgender people and sexual workers of the Colombian capital city. Colombian homosexuals and transgender sex workers are often victims of physical violence from their families, the policemen and their clients.
Many families commonly do not accept gender’s diversity. Young boys are kicked out of the family home as they express their diversity: consequently, they move to the Barrio Santa Fè in search of a shelter.
The violence, the addiction to crack, alcohol and marijuana increases the danger of the living and working on the street, especially in cases of child prostitution. The conditions of poverty and ignorance of knowing the importance of using condoms help the spread of HIV. These photographs portray transgender people of Bogotà during their daily life, working in the streets, smoking crack and the transition of young boys to a new gender, passing from getting dressed and made up as a woman to the illegal craft surgeries and injections of industrial silicon in their bodies.
This work could not have been done without the help and the guide of the leaders of the LGBTI community of the neighborhood.
By Nicolo Filippo Rosso