Ashley lies on her bed, in front of drawings she made as a young boy.
A self portrait of Ashley, drawn when she was younger. “My Name is Adam, I live in Brooklyn” is written over it.
Ashley puts on red lipstick on her face in the mirror to hide her five o’clock shadow for work.
Ashley in her room in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Currently, she lives with her parents, although she looks forward to becoming financially independent due to family conflict. Over 40% of the homeless youth population are gay or transgender.
Ashley shows her bracelets, which remind her of her brother. They have remained very close throughout her transition.
Ashley and her best friend, Sarah, rest in bed together.
An image of Ashley prior to her transition (left) and her brother (right) is still the desktop image on the family computer.
Ashley draws back the curtains in her home. Her family won't support her medical bills, so she dropped the classes she was taking at Brooklyn College so that she could work.
Ashley waits in the kitchen as she cooks a stew. During Ashley's transition, she's faced much support by her friends- however, she still has difficulties asking her family to call her by her preferred name and pronouns.
Ashley waits in the doctors office to be prescribed her first dose of hormones. After a few months of regular dosages, her face will get noticeably rounder, skin and hair softer, and her hips wider.
Ashley checks her phone as she walks through Bay Ridge to a friend's house. After coming out as transgender, her previous partner broke up with her. She hasn't contacted her since.
Ashley in the bathroom after taking off her makeup; Left. Kylie playing guitar; Right.
Kylie lies on her bed at home after doing her makeup and painting her fingernails.
Kylie dyes and cuts her hair in her bathroom in a sports bra, dying it pink and shaving it to a mohawk on a whim.
Kylie tries on her mother's old clothes. Her mother wore these at Woodstock when she was her age.
Kylie puts on earrings to go out on a date.
Kylie holds a sobriety chip in her hands. Kylie first came out as transgender when she was in rehab in March 2012. She has since relapsed.
Kylie takes a shower. Like Ashley, she still lives with her parents. Her parents openly support her, emotionally and financially.
Kylie administers her hormone shot, which she has to do every two weeks. She will continue taking these hormones for the rest of her life.
Kylie smokes a cigarette in her room in Stuyvesant Town, with the window open. She has lived in this apartment the majority of her life.
Kylie and Naya, her cat, have a special relationship with each other.
Kylie takes a walk in her neighborhood in late winter.
Kylie shops at Associated for her mother.
Kylie holds flaming torches, attempting to juggle them on the East River. Juggling flaming torches has been a dream for her since she was in middle school.