I spent my entire childhood not knowing not what the concept of queerness was. I didn't encounter a single openly LGBTQ+ human in my entire 90s Mumbai childhood, so tbh heteronormativity was the only option that growing up seemed to be offering me. I discovered sports late too, despite having a father who showed up to all my paltry track meets and cheered me on relentlessly. Looking back, I had no female role models really (beyond my mom @shimuljaveri
who is a certified badass), specifically those that were athletic or queer.
A couple weeks ago, @rrussellsprout
asked me how our lives would be different if we'd been born today instead of back then. We talked about how we wish we could've grown up with more badass queer role models- a more accepting, empowering world for us sporty dorky bb queers tryna take on the world.
Most days, it truly feels like the world is going to shit. But then, some days I get to photograph things like She Spoke- queer women led bike teams that focus on AIDs lifecycle via fundraising and awareness. And I recognize, that in tiny, golden ways, the world is becoming a more welcoming place for the future of badass young queer women, in sports and beyond. For now, I'll hold onto that.
You can catch the #SheSpoke
photo show I shot for them at The New Parkway during the #WomenInSportsFilmFestival
from Sept 28th - Oct 1st. And get 10% off on tickets too, using the code SHESPOKE ✊🏾❤️✨