I grew up in Russia where being LGBTQ is illegal. This community is denied basic human rights, and it is dangerous for them to be who they are openly, let alone photographed as such. And while there has been social progress made in America, there is still much room for improvement. And the stories of those I have photographed bear witness to this fact.
Photographing LGBTQ people, giving them voice and visibility, I am trying to push back on gender norms that were put on me. I also hope to break the stereotypes and stigmas that have surrounded the community for far too long.