Hardcover with dust jacket, 112 pages, 215 x 290 mm
Long before the subject was given credence the public sphere, the battle for transgender life was played out in the shadowy corners of progressive society, its pioneers often relegated to crime, squalor, and derision. Such was the reality for a close-knit community of Brazilian immigrants on the streets of Paris in the early ‘80s – an insular sorority of transgender women forced into prostitution by poverty and exclusion, struggling to earn the money they needed to fund the various stages of their physical transitions.
Way ahead of its time, Byron Newman's work approached gender politics head-on before the word “transgender” carried the same ubiquity it does today. The Ultimate Angels is a a vibrant celebration of human sexuality, identity, and personal consciousness.