New photography book project features gay and transgender cabaret performers in Havana

Eric Politzer launched a Kickstarter campaign for his photography book OUT!: The Transformistas of Havana which chronicles the gay men and transgender women who perform at a cabaret in Havana. He writes in a Huffington Post interview that he sought to share the performers' strength and dignity with the rest of the world.

"It is my hope that people appreciate the strength, resilience and dignity that the Transformistas show in the face of so many external challenges that are layered upon their internal struggles as being gender non-conforming. But most of all I hope that for all that may be distinctively Cuban about these Transformistas readers will recognize that the Transformistas’ journey towards self-acceptance, authenticity and meaningful participation in community is an experience shared by LGBTQ folk all over the world."

In the Kickstarter video, Politzer explains that the photographs show the Transformistas in private and public spaces. Some show the performers inside the cabaret, others show the performers getting ready, some show the performers on stage in action and finally the book ends with the performers out in public in both iconic and everyday locations.

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