Broadly, Vice’s women’s interest platform, has launched The Gender Spectrum Collection, a stock photo library of over 180 images of 15 trans and non-binary models.
Shot by artist and photographer Zackary Drucker, the collection of images will be made available to the public for free.
Broadly says their 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.”
This is an important step as transgender and non-binary people are more visible in the media than ever before. However, they are often misrepresented. This can be extremely destructive as media representation is how many people come to understand what it means to be trans, especially if they do not know any trans or non-binary people.
More and more we’re beginning to tell the stories and experiences of trans and non-binary people more and so the images we use to accompany those stories should be true to that.
Despite increased searches on Shutterstock and Getty for terms such as “transgender” and “gender fluid” over the last few years, the most frequently downloaded image has been, according to Broadly, “a hand with a transgender pride symbol, without an identifiable face or body in the background.”
But now that’s all about to change!
Under the usage guidelines, Broadly make the point that for true representation, it’s important to use images of trans and non-binary people to accompany any and every topic, not solely stories that directly relate to those communities:
“Consider accessing these photos for stories on topics like beauty, work, education, relationships, or wellness. Including transgender and non-binary people in stories not explicitly about gender identity paints a more accurate depiction of the world we live in today.”
The announcement has gone down well online:
Browse The Gender Spectrum Collection.