Nudity isn’t exactly a novel concept in the media these days, and even when some magazines attempt to step outside the box and show unconventional bodies in all their naked glory, trans individuals and others with disabilities are often left out. NOW Toronto has fixed all of that with their “Love Your Body” issue featuring 13 bold Canadians from all walks of life baring all.
The most captivating image is that of Tiq Milan, a trans man, and his wife Kim. In their interview with the mag, the journalists and activists talked about their decision to strip down for the cameras, with Kim saying:
“I’ve always been interested in opening up the idea of what is considered beautiful or valuable. At the beginning of the year, people are always making commitments about how they are going to change their bodies, and I think it’s important for people to love and honor their bodies.
“Our love and our relationship is part of our advocacy. There isn’t a lot of diverse representation of black queer couples loving each other and celebrating each others’ bodies and beauty. We want to give an example to our communities. For many people involved with trans people, it’s a hidden thing, and we want to challenge that narrative. There’s nothing secret about the way we love each other: we love each other out loud.”
“I wanted to challenge myself, to put myself in a position as a transgender person to show my body and be in my skin publicly, to put myself in that space and learn to love my body more.
“As people not tethered to an organization, we’re constantly involved in our work. So we considered doing this shoot as part of our work because we want to be possibility models for other people.”
Also featured in the magazine are Akio Maroon, an expectant mother and human rights activist; Adam Been, a formerly overweight personal trainer who’s now the owner of Body by Benn Fitness and coordinator of Black Queer Youth (BQY); Biko Beauttah, Pride Toronto board member, refugee, and trans rights activist; Bo Hedges, Co-Chair of Canada’s Wheelchair Basketball Team; and Xica Ducharme, a trans burlesque dancer, among others.
Check out the some of the images on the next few pages.