The Demigods of Mumbai, 2017
Simran, 31, walks through the Bandstand area of Bandra in Mumbai, India asking tourists and locals for money. Simran is part of India’s hijra community, which includes transgender and intersex people. Indian culture has long recognized the fluidity of gender, with a number of demigods in Hindu scripture described as being a third gender. Yet, homosexuality remains taboo and hijras are often forced to live underground, being ostracized by their family and friends.
Sara Hylton is an award-winning Canadian freelance photographer covering women, conflict, and migration internationally. Her principal medium is the portrait; resilience, humanity, and the quiet beauty in everyday life guides her work and the stories she covers.
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