The 1990’s marked the beginning of a new era for gender variant people and Allen was there to document the growing political movement. Her next book, The Gender Frontier, published in 2003, captured this ripe moment in the history of LGBT rights — the evolution of political activism, the growing number of trans youth, as well as the protests and backlash.

Alison at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. | (Mariette Pathy Allen)

Mariette Pathy Allen, who has dedicated her life to the transgender community, is celebrated as their unofficial photographer

TheWeek.com: Crossdressers and the photographer who loved them

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Michelle and Betty Ann, Provincetown, Massachusetts | (Mariette Pathy Allen)

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