Vice Launches An Image Bank Against Gender Stereotypes
The Gender Spectrum Collective offers a selection of the daily lives of trans and non-binary people to fight cliches.
In 2015, journalist Diana Tourjée wrote a humoristic tucking guide for trans women who haven't had sex reassignment surgery. When about to be published on Broadly (VICE's former website focused on gender and identity), the editors faced a very special kind of problem.
While they were looking for a picture to feature the piece, they couldn’t find one, as the words "transgender person in underwear" and variations on that theme returned zero results in the stock photo library. This led them to pick a picture of a man in his underwear, before opting for a cisgender woman wearing shorts.
To solve the problem, Broadly decided to launch The Gender Spectrum Collection: their own library of 200 stock images of trans and non-binary people to fight the cliches.
"This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives". The website reads.
200 Pictures About Careers, Relationships, And Health
The Gender Spectrum Collective aims to offer representation for this community that goes "beyond people putting on makeup and holding trans flags". The 200 pictures are available for free for any media under the Creative Commons license and are classified by themes: lifestyle, relationships, technology, work, school, health, and moods.
Fifteen models posed for the artist, producer and trans photographer Zackary Drucker. The Gender Spectrum Collective also published guidelines for the use of these pictures such as: critically thinking about how the accompanying headline could reflect on the trans community, understanding the stereotypes and tropes that have accompanied transgender media representation and challenge one’s own implicit biases and assumptions.
By Sirine Azouaoui, published on 29/05/2019