I have been nominated to apply for a sizable art grant that would allow me to pursue a large-scale project I have been thinking about for some time. The focus of this project would revolve around transgender education through public billboards and newspaper advertisements in a specific market (I am thinking DC or Philadelphia). My current work revolves around drawings of my hair from behind or performances about anonymity and my project will align with this visual language. My current idea is to use a specific number of drawings of transgender individuals featuring only the back of their hair to introduce to the reader/viewer the horrific numbers on transgender life expectancy. If for instance that number is 42 years, then there would be 42 drawings, or possibly 42 billboards, etc. The grant is big, so I am thinking big.
So, I know it isn't the most enjoyable subject, but it is an important one. The problem is I can not get any specific data on this. In 2000 the DC department of health published a report by Jessica Xavier that is quoted in "The Riddle of Gender" by Deborah Rudacille. Rudacille states that the average median life expectancy is 37, but this number is not actually written in the report, not that I can see. I have read this number is lower and I have read that this number is higher. Is anyone here aligned with a health organization that might have some current numbers? I been through all the links here and past blogs. "The Google" is seeming to point out that many recent reports are built around these numbers.
I would appreciate any ideas.