American photographer Derek Brown, who has been living in Thailand for 13 years, captured over 60 Bangkok tomboys. The photography exhibition aims to give voices to LGBT teens and adults and promote greater acceptance of gender diversity of the capital city.
“Working with the Bangkok tomboy community opened my eyes,” said Brown. “One gets so used to seeing toms out and about in Bangkok, often with their girlfriends. It all seems all accepted and normal. Getting to know the individuals closer I learned of their struggles with family and society along with some of their day to day challenges.”
Shooting the subjects for three months, Brown, also the owner of Studio Soi Six, learned that there is “no single monolithic ‘tomboy’ sexuality.”
“Like all people of all genders and orientations, there’s a range of gender fluidity,” Brown said. “There is not one tomboy bucket you can drop everyone into.”