los primos - indigenous transgender women in colombia


In the mountains of Colombia’s coffee region, colourful dressed transgender indigenous work on the lush green farms.

Back home in their communities, they are not accepted due to their transgender identity. They are punished or forced to leave their villages. The Emberá, the ethnical group they belong to, are convinced that it is a contagious disease that the white men have passed them.

Nevertheless, on these coffee farms they are recognized. They work hard and every evening after returning from the fields, they wear their typical dresses, jewelry and transform into women. „I won´t go back to my community. Here I can finally be who I am and live my identity“, says Angelica one of the girls or primos“ (cousins), which they are called in the village.