Photography by Ryan Pfluger IN Brooklyn on September 10, 2015. Styling by Michael Cook.
As part of the House of Ladosha collective, Juliana Huxtable has become synonymous with the resurgence of an unabashedly queer subculture in New York City, one whose influence on art, fashion, and media is stronger than ever. This year, Huxtable was the star of the New Museum’s Triennial, which showed two of her self-portrait prints and a sculpture that depicted both her female and male anatomy (she was born intersex and raised as male). Huxtable received accolades from The New York Times, Vice, and Vogue, but she remains fiercely outspoken about the abuse she’s experienced as a trans woman of color. “I think that queer activism has lost touch with its radical traditions,” Huxtable says. “I want gay men to be as angry about trans death and the defunding of Planned Parenthood as they were about marriage. I’d love to see intersex people find advocates in the larger community [who will fight] against unfair coercive surgeries. And I’d love to see sex workers openly fought for by the movement.”