TO SURVIVE ON THIS SHORE by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre
163 pages, Published by Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg Germany (2019)
Stylistically, I’m not sure what to call this book. Physically, it is a 1 page portrait of trans men and women beside interview text on the adjacent page. The subtitle is: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults.
For more than 5 years, Dugan (a photographer) and Fabbre (a social worker) travelled across the US looking for subjects, and interviewing them, for this book. The interviews are not intended to be comprehensive, but do provide some insight as to the lives of the subjects. It is fascinating as the lives of older members of the trans community are rarely brought forth so clearly.
The stories are fascinating in it illustrates that there are some many roads that lead to self-discovery. Sadly, for all who figure out how things truly sit for them, there are many who do not…