DR. LIAM ‘CAPTAIN’ SNOWDON, MD - SAN FRANCISCO
Sex Educator, Sex-Positive Activist & Founder of the SPARC
(Sex Positive Art & Resource Center)
Nathan Verhelst, a 44 year old man from Sint-Niklaas in Belgium, demanded and received euthanasia after several failed gender operations. Nathan’s backpack of life was filled with rejection and incest. Thinking of himself as a freak, he couldn’t find peace as a woman nor as a man. Three doctors decided that his life quality wasn’t guaranteed anymore and gave Nathan permission for euthanasia.
After trying to convince him not to do it, his friends start to support him in his choice. Hoping he would feel loved again, and would find a reason to live. But Nathan didn’t change his mind. “I’m certain”, he said, “for the full 300 procent”. He went. Dancing.
The lethal injection was given at the University Hospital in Brussels. Nathan suffered from unbearable psychic ànd physical pain.
I started following Nathan with my camera three years ago and documented how ‘Nancy’ became ‘Nathan’. Little did I know the story would end this way. Among his friends, I stood beside his bed, to watch him find his freedom. The next day Nathan’s story was in every newspaper in the world. Just like he wanted. This is the trailer of the documentary I’m making. About life, death, gender, identity and the quest for being loved. This connects us all. Please share.
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Project Unbreakable was created in October of 2011 by Grace Brown. Grace works with survivors of sexual assault, photographing them holding a poster with a quote from their attacker. Grace has photographed over four hundred people and has received over a thousand submissions. TIME magazine has also named it one of the top 30 Tumblr blogs to follow.
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.” ― Audre Lorde
"Você é um pedaço de merda"
Ouvi do meu pai quando eu tinha 11 anos
Difícil acreditar, mas ainda nos dias de hoje, há pessoas que acham que vítimas de abuso sexual tiveram algum tipo de culpa por terem sido molestadas. Pra quebrar esse paradigma que torna a vida das vítimas ainda mais difícil, a fotógrafa Grace Brown iniciou em 2011 o Projeto Unbreakable (http://projectunbreakable.tumblr.com/), no qual sobreviventes de abusos sexuais são fotografadas segurando uma frase do violentador.
Até hoje, ela já fotografou mais de 400 pessoas, e diz ter recebido milhares de emails de vítimas que decidiram se expor com coragem, como forma de enfrentar o passado de frente e alertar para esse problema lamentável que ainda é muito recorrente na nossa sociedade atual. O projeto é forte e impactante, mas tem um papel importante para aumentar o diálogo na sociedade sobre esse tema. Veja algumas fotos do projeto: http://www.hypeness.com.br/2013/05/projeto-mostra-vitimas-de-abusos-sexuais-segurando-frases-ditas-pelo-abusador/