“We’re Just People,” is a photographic exhibition by Gary Watson. The exhibit consists of 19 black-and-white silver-gelatin prints of Houston transwoman Alexis Hollada. Watson took the portraits of Hollada over the course of several months, and each photograph has accompanying text pulled from an interview the artist did with the subject. The photos and captions tell Hollada’s story in her own words.

What Inspired Photographer Gary Watson to Pursue This Project?

“I was inspired to embark on the Dear Lieutenant Governor, “We’re Just People” photo series after the repeal of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance and the emergence of anti-transgender laws that have been passed in North Carolina and are under consideration this year in the Texas Legislature. People can be led to fear what they don’t understand with misinformation, and the antidote to that is education. It was my intention to educate myself further while creating this series and, in turn, provide meaningful information for the people who will be seeing the exhibition.”

Hollada had this to say about the exhibit:

“I’m always open to new artistic projects, and while I have done numerous photoshoots in the past, this was an entirely different concept for me to work in. Being able to share aspects of my personal life through photography, I felt would be an excellent way to reach people who may not have a good understanding of who transgender people are and how our lives are more similar than different.  I hope people will walk away with a better understanding of who transgender people are and that we aren’t any different from everyone else. We have dreams and goals; we too can are career and artistically driven individuals who are just trying to survive and contribute to the world around us.”

The exhibit can be seen at the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center 3rd Floor, Main Library on 100 Larkin Street in San Francisco.  The exhibit starts on November 4th, 2017 and will be on display until February 1, 2018.

Hollada’s doom metal band Doomstress will be releasing their new EP, The Second Rite on No Slip Records end of November.  The EP contains remixed versions from the original, very limited self release and 7″ DHU single, as well as new song “Bitter Plea” recorded at the end of the Wicked Summer tour and featuring additional rhythm guitar by guitarist Joe Fortunato (Sparrowmilk/Venomin James/ex-Ancient VVisdom).  The artwork that will appear on both the CD & vinyl is by renown psychedelic artist, Goatess Doomwych.

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