After a 2015 Broadly article about tucking inappropriately featured a photo of a cisgender man, the author, Diana Tourjée (now a staff member at the publication and the driving force behind this project) explained why it could be harmful to the trans community. While the choice of image was questionable, it also brought up the larger issue of inclusivity in stock photos—and the fact that the trans community was wildly underrepresented. To solve the problem, Broadly made their own library of stock images. The collection (available here) features trans and non-binary people in an array of positions—all which aim to avoid clichés. As the site states, the library was made to “help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.” And, as Tourjée says, “In terms of doing better, we need to be thinking really critically about representation beyond one identify qualifier, right?” Read more at Broadly.
Broadly’s Gender-Inclusive Stock Photos