“Before Night Falls” Series Captures Cuba’s Hidden Queer Scene
During a trip to Cuba in January, photographer David Tesinsky gravitated toward a transgender woman named Malu who managed to become a celebrity of sorts by living freely in stark contrast to the nation’s “low profile” queer community.
The visual artist also turned his lens on Natasha and Alina, self-identified gay men who transform into drag performers in Havana nightclubs after dark, for his “Before Night Falls” series.
BEFORE NIGHT FALLS. Photo story about a person who is a boy that sells the fruits and vegetables on a street in a daytime and changes to a charming lady and the queen of the stage in the night. Havana and Sancti Spiritus. #havana #cuba #unisex #transvestite #life #portrait #people #onion #photojournalism #photodocumentary #documentary #transformer #beforenightfalls #picoftheday #photoofday #instadaily #cnn #nytimes #manorwoman
“I’m inspired by contrast,” Tesinsky told The Huffington Post. “That somebody could just be selling fruits and vegetables during the day for a living, and then can turn into a queen of the evening on stage at night.”
Discover how “Before Night Falls” expands the conversation on gender and identity in a country with a history of neglecting its LGBTQ citizens here.