Story of Jim's transition

A Columbia photographer illuminates the lives of the transgender community
Monday, July 16, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:46 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

The process of transitioning is long and sometimes physically painful. But, for “Jim,” it’s the only way he can be who he really is. Jim — an MU employee who asked that his real name not be used — is one of the transgender subjects in “Meta-Genesis,” a collection of photographs by Jane Lavender. Living as a lesbian since the age of 16, Jim realized that he was actually a transgender four years ago after his therapist suggested it.