A local dog photographer is partnering with the Toronto Humane Society to highlight 2SLGBTQ+ people and their rescue dogs for Trans Day of Visibility.
Toronto-based photographer Jack Jackson has launched the “Don’t You Want Me” photography project, which shows the bond between queer and trans people and their rescue dogs.
The initiative kicked off on Mar. 30 in recognition of Trans Day of Visibility, and Jackson’s exhibit is on display at the Toronto Humane Society until Apr. 14.
“…To date almost half of the people that are featured in the project are trans, including myself. Through images and storytelling, I aim to capture the joy of being trans and show the many transformations that can take place when rescue dogs and people receive the things they need: love, shelter and to not live in fear,” Jackson said in a news release.
“The people featured in the project are an inspiration to me and their insight and transformations help not only other 2SLGBTQ people, but everyone,” Jackson added.
The campaign features compelling and adorable images and personal narratives of 2SLGBTQ people and their rescue dogs.
This is the second straight year that the non-profit is partnering with Jackson to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
“For Trans Day of Visibility, Toronto Humane Society stands in solidarity with the Transgender community in their fight for justice, increased representation, and inclusion in society, and is proud to partner with the ‘Don’t you want me’ initiative to help spotlight a beautiful and diverse community,” Tegan Buckingham, director, Integrated Marketing and Development at Toronto Humane Society, said in a statement.
Through his dog photography business, Jackson is also offering dog photo session prizes to select dogs in the GTA with five per cent from every sale being donated to the Toronto Humane Society. For more information about the “Don’t You Want Me” initiative, visit Jackson’s website.