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Photographed at Arcobaleno, Brighton.

About Ruby

Ruby realised she was transgender as a result of ongoing therapy for mental health issues, due to her then undiagnosed gender dysphoria back in 2015. Since then she has come out to her friends, family and workmates, and now presents as female full time.

One of the big changes, thanks to her new found confidence, is Ruby started performing as both a rock vocalist and a drag performer. She has been involved in a number of fundraisers and community projects in Brighton and London, and has had a number of notable highlights, including singing on stage at Manchester’s biggest transgender celebration event, and performing for Graham Norton in the Grand Final of Europe’s biggest lip sync competition.


I find joy in being able to go out to events, and even step up on stage presenting as my true self, and being to be able to share the music I love when performing on stage.

To me, Trans Joy is self expression, and being able to share my true self with others equally free to express themselves as individuals.

In a world that often struggles to fully embrace diversity and inclusion, ‘Beyond the Binary – The Spectrum Of Trans Joy’ is a project dedicated to fostering social cohesion and visibility for the trans and intersex community. This fresh initiative from the award-winning queer photographer Chris Jepson seeks to empower and celebrate the trans+ community by showcasing authentic joy through a captivating series of individual and group portraits.