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Inside a Polyamorous Community in NYC
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
08 Mar 2016

Michel Madie, a 57 year old native of Algeria who grew up in Corsica, and well known realtor in New York city, has lived in the City since the mid 80's. After being introduced to the Polyamory communities in New York, Michel has become one of the front-man of this expanding trend, by hosting open sexuality parties inside his property while participating at other parties. Polyamory which derives from the Greek word "poly" which means many, and the Latin word "amor", which means love, is a practice of, and desire for intimate relationship involving more than two people with the knowledge and consent of everyone involved. Trust and openess is crucial if one desires to integrate and remain within these Poly communities. The city of New York, has many of the Poly groups and sub groups which are formed according to personal preferences. 

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
26 Jan 2016

Michel is getting ready for work in his New York home.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Dec 2015

Michel and Rasmus are getting married at their house.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Dec 2015

A female Rabbi is marying Rasmus and Michel inside their home.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
12 Dec 2015

Michel and Rasmus are now married and celebrating inside their home amongst their guests.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
31 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are taking part in a Swinger party in Brooklyn.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
31 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are taking part in a Swinger party in Brooklyn.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel is getting ready for an open sexuality party.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting an open sexuality party.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting an open sexuality party.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
27 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting an open sexuality party.

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Polyamory NYC 09
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are having an intimate moment in their bedroom.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Rasmus and Michel are pleasuring a woman inside their shower.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting a few lovers at their house after a party.

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New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
09 Oct 2015

Michel and Rasmus are hosting a few lovers at their house after a party.

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Polyamory NYC 06
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Sep 2015

Michel and his lover Rasmus are getting ready for a party.

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Polyamory NYC 04
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
20 Sep 2015

Michel is performing a dance for his guests inside his home.

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Polyamory NYC 03
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
20 Sep 2015

Michel and Rasmus are getting close with one of their lovers.

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Polyamory NYC 01
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
19 Sep 2015

Michel is kissing the back of Rasmus's neck at a diner with two fellow Polyamorous ladies.

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Polyamory NYC 02
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
19 Sep 2015

Rasmus and Michel are wooing a woman during an open sexuality diner at his house.

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Polyamory NYC 07
New York
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
18 Sep 2015

Rasmus is kissing the host of a kissing party in Brooklyn.

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iDollators: The Lives and Loves of Me...
Detroit, Toledo, Chicago
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
17 Dec 2014

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IDollators, a colloquial way of referring to people who find companionship with dolls, have communities throughout the United States and create links with other groups around the world, in Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe. This has become a world phenomenon. They share ideas, visions, fears, and above all their love for these Silicon dolls made by specialized companies for the hefty price of around six thousand dollars each.

Terry, a retired Navy man, once married with children, now lives with his silicone Doll called Feodora. She was built in Vladivostok Russia by a Russian company who specializes in the making of Anatomical Dolls like Terry's.

Davecat (he prefers to be identified by his online handle in a popular Doll Forum) has two silicone dolls, one he considers as his wife, Sidore Kuroneko, made in Japan, and the other his mistress, Elena Vostrikova, made in Russia. Both share his life inside his small Detroit apartment.

Some iDollators save their money for years in order to acquire a life size companion. Once acquired, owners have different uses for their newfound love. While most do have sex with the doll on a regular basis, some do not, and only seek companionship and care through this lifeless body.

Terry is not the typical doll owner: he does not have sex with it. Rather, Feodora keeps him company while perfecting his long time hobby: photography. Davecat, however, has regular sex with his mistress and wife dolls.

Often referred to by their first names, the dolls can be seen publicly as their owners take them along for day to day leisure activities.

After a difficult relationship with a woman, John opted for a drastic change in his romantic life and bought Jackie, a life-like doll made in California. He takes her everywhere, but preferably to the Zoo and to his favorite restaurant, where the owner and his workers are happy to accommodate him and Jackie to their favorite meal.

Is this new phenomenon a sign of the things to come in a ‘modern’ global civilization where individualism reigns supreme over traditional family values? These individuals who prefer to give love to a silicone body over a real human are perhaps direct proof that humans were never meant to live their lives alone, but to share what life has to offer with others.

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Living Transgender in Pakistan
Lahore, Pakistan
By vincenzo floramo
13 Dec 2014

Transgender people live in a precarious position in Pakistan. Despite gains made by the trans community in recent years - Pakistan’s Supreme Court allowed them to get national identity cards recognizing them as a third gender - transgender still face a lot of discrimination in society.

In some sectors of life they are tolerated, though in very defined roles. They often perform as a dancers at weddings and other celebrations where man and woman are strictly segregated. However, most transgender people, called “hijras” in Pakistan, live at the margins of society with very low status. The very word “hijra” is sometimes used in derogatory manner. Transgender have few employment opportunities available, so those who cannot get income performing at ceremonies often resort to begging or sex work.

To fight against discrimination and violence, a group of educated transgender activist are working at the Khawaja Sira Society (KSS) under the umbrella of a local Pakistani NGO called Naz Male Health Alliance. This center provide services for the local transgender community which include HIV/AIDS and STD diagnoses and treatment, and condom and lubricant distribution both via outreach as well as through clinics. At KSS the community find a secure and friendly environment where the  transgender community hopes to strengthen its people.

The United Nations and government estimates in 2012 put the number of HIV/AIDS cases around 87,000 in Pakistan alone with an overall prevalence of HIV infection in adults aged 15 to 49 is 0.1%. However, due to the conservative religious culture, political volatility and security matters, activists have to operate with minimal visibility.

As an Islamic Republic, Pakistan punishes same-sex behavior under Pakistan Penal Code Section 377,  an outdated, colonial law punishing same-sex relationships.

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Burma's LGBT 01
Yangon, Myanmar
By Pablo L. Orosa
20 Nov 2014

Members of the LGTB community gather in People´s Park in Yangon. They light candles in remembrance of their friends who have suffered abuse, tortures and social discrimination.

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Burma's LGBT 02
Yangon, Myanmar
By Pablo L. Orosa
20 Nov 2014

Members of the LGTB community gather in People´s Park in Yangon. They light candles in remembrance of their friends who have suffered abuse, tortures and social discrimination.

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Burma's LGBT 03
Yangon, Myanmar
By Pablo L. Orosa
20 Nov 2014

Zae Ya, spokesperson for the Colors Rainbow association, poses in Yangon with his pride flags. Despite the improvement achieved since the dissolution of the Military Junta in 2011, lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people still face bullying and violence in their daily lives.

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Rumah Singgah: A Home for Jakarta's A...
Depok
By Elisabetta Zavoli
28 Feb 2014

Length: 7:01
English subtitles

"Rumah Singgah" literally means “shelter house." A project developed by Mami Yulie (Yulianus Rettoblaut), the leader of waria community (transgender M to F) in Indonesia, the shelter hosts elderly transgender with no means of living on their own for free. There, they create a sort of microcosm, a small community ruled by tight family-like bonds. Rumah Singgah is also Mami Yulie's home, where she lives with her own family: her foster children, her husband and sometimes her relatives. Almost all waria (transgender M to F) in Indonesia are chased away from their families of origin when relatives find out they are transgender people. When they are young they can survive thanks to prostitution, but when they become old and sick, many are left without others to help care for them. Rummah Singgah is a space where elderly waria care for each other and are looked after by Mami Yulie and the shelter's caretaker.

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Not Quite a Virgin
Beirut, Lebanon
By Ali Zein
01 Sep 2013

When dominated by a patriarchal society, girls end up being the victims sometimes. Certain extremes are taken in order to protect oneself from the shame and disgrace of society. Hymen Reconstruction surgeries are one of those extremes girls seek in order to appear as virgins to their future husbands and society. Is it ethical? Is it justifiable? This documentary aims to present several points of views around this issue, leaving it up to the audience to decide what is right and what is wrong in hopes of encouraging change.

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Gay Rights Rally In Russia 7
St. Petersburg, Russia
By Yury Goldenshtein
17 May 2013

Some of several dozens of gay rights activists shouting slogans and hold posters during their rally in St. Petersburg.

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La Rinconada, into the gold's bubble
La RInconada, Peru
By Albert Gonzalez Farran
29 Jan 2013

29 January 2013. La Rinconada: A nurse tests a prostitute working in a brothel in La Rinconada, Ananea, Peru, on the HIV-AIDS. Around 1% of about 1,000 prostitutes in town get positive every year.
La Rinconada was a nice, quiet rural village in Peru’s Los Andes range twenty years ago. However, the economic crisis in the country and the discovery of gold changed the town completely during the nineties. Now, it is a crowded place where thousands of the poor from all over South America frequently immigrate looking for opportunity. The precious metal has transformed La Rinconada into a chaotic village of nearly 50,000 inhabitants (four times more than the past) with a serious lack of social services. The increase in the price of gold (25% last year and 600% in ten years) has pushed many more people to move up there.
Nowadays, the landscape in La Rinconada is full of metallic shelters built without official permits. There is no pavement, sewers and running water. It is full of rubbish and defecation everywhere. It is now a place with serious problems of alcoholism, drugs and crime. The police is nearly absent and illegal prostitution is always present. The use of mercury to separate gold from rock has created a high level of pollution that provokes aggressiveness among the population. This, added to the fact that La Rinconada is about 6,000 meters altitude, causes also breath sicknesses (especially among children) and the local clinic covers just 10% of the needs. Despite some apparent efforts of the local administration, the situation is getting worse year by year.
Photo by Albert González Farran.

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Demonstration In Support Of Transexua...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Oct 2012

Demonstration in defense of rights for transexuals
Defending the rights of transexuals, demonstrators demand that transsexuality should not be considered a sickness and for this reason, should be included in international medical manuals, such as the Global Health Organization will publish in 2015.

On the other hand, in the context of the spanish economic crisis, they also demand that transsexuality not be an impediment to finding work and that cuts in the field of health and social services do not affect transexuals and those particularly vulnerable, such as immigrants.

October 20th was the International Day of Action for Transgender. In recent days, the transexual communities in over 70 cities worldwide have turned out to demonstrate against sex and gender phobias.

Defender los derechos de los transexuales. Piden que la transexualidad no se considere una enfermedad y que, por tanto, no se incluya en los manuales internacionales de medicina, como el que ha de publicado la Organización Mundial de la Salud en 2015.

Por otro lado, en un contexto de crisis en España, también piden que la transexualidad no sea un impedimento a la hora de encontrar trabajo y que los recortes en el ámbito de la sanidad y los servicios sociales no perjudiquen a las personas del colectivo transexual que son especialmente vulnerables, como los inmigrantes.

El 20 de octubre fue el Día Internacional de Acción por la Despatologización Trans. Durante los últimos días, colectivos de transexuales de más de 70 ciudades de todo el mundo se han vuelto a manifestar contra la transfobia.

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Demonstration In Defense Of Transexua...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Oct 2012

La asamblea Octubre Trans ha convocado una marcha por las calles de Barcelona para defender los derechos de los transexuales. Piden que la transexualidad no se considere una enfermedad y que, por tanto, no se incluya en los manuales internacionales de medicina, como el que ha de publicado la Organización Mundial de la Salud en 2015.

Por otro lado, en un contexto de crisis en España, también piden que la transexualidad no sea un impedimento a la hora de encontrar trabajo y que los recortes en el ámbito de la sanidad y los servicios sociales no perjudiquen a las personas del colectivo transexual que son especialmente vulnerables, como los inmigrantes.

El 20 de octubre fue el Día Internacional de Acción por la Despatologización Trans. Durante los últimos días, colectivos de transexuales de más de 70 ciudades de todo el mundo se han vuelto a manifestar contra la transfobia.

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Demonstration In Defense Of Transexua...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Oct 2012

La asamblea Octubre Trans ha convocado una marcha por las calles de Barcelona para defender los derechos de los transexuales. Piden que la transexualidad no se considere una enfermedad y que, por tanto, no se incluya en los manuales internacionales de medicina, como el que ha de publicado la Organización Mundial de la Salud en 2015.

Por otro lado, en un contexto de crisis en España, también piden que la transexualidad no sea un impedimento a la hora de encontrar trabajo y que los recortes en el ámbito de la sanidad y los servicios sociales no perjudiquen a las personas del colectivo transexual que son especialmente vulnerables, como los inmigrantes.

El 20 de octubre fue el Día Internacional de Acción por la Despatologización Trans. Durante los últimos días, colectivos de transexuales de más de 70 ciudades de todo el mundo se han vuelto a manifestar contra la transfobia.

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Demonstration In Defense Of Transexua...
Barcelona, Spain
By Francesc Xavier Subias Salvo
26 Oct 2012

La asamblea Octubre Trans ha convocado una marcha por las calles de Barcelona para defender los derechos de los transexuales. Piden que la transexualidad no se considere una enfermedad y que, por tanto, no se incluya en los manuales internacionales de medicina, como el que ha de publicado la Organización Mundial de la Salud en 2015.

Por otro lado, en un contexto de crisis en España, también piden que la transexualidad no sea un impedimento a la hora de encontrar trabajo y que los recortes en el ámbito de la sanidad y los servicios sociales no perjudiquen a las personas del colectivo transexual que son especialmente vulnerables, como los inmigrantes.

El 20 de octubre fue el Día Internacional de Acción por la Despatologización Trans. Durante los últimos días, colectivos de transexuales de más de 70 ciudades de todo el mundo se han vuelto a manifestar contra la transfobia.

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Red Light Districts: A Story About Pr...
Kolkata, West Bengal, India
By newspoint
29 Sep 2012

Sonagachi is one of Calcutta’s largest red light districts – narrow alleys, lined with small ‘apartments’ and corner stores form a confusing and nightmarish maze. The buildings lean into the street, the roads are crowded, it’s hot. The city seems to want to eat itself. Sonagachi is one of the very few places in India where women have a higher street profile than men. That’s because most of them are prostitutes. Approximately 9000 women, many of them trafficked into the country from Bangladesh or Nepal, work in Sonagachi. Around 60.000 more sex workers are active across Calcutta.

In overcrowded India things don’t come in small measures. Two and a half million women and
children (around 500.000 prostitutes in India are under 16) are working in the country’s sex industry.
More than 5 million people are already HIV positive. Governments, both local and national, do little
to tackle the increasing risk of a large-scale AIDS epidemic. Large red light areas like Sonagachi are
at the centre of a problem that may soon spiral out of control and affect millions of people in Bengal
and the neighbouring state of Bihar. Sex workers are socially shunned and prostitution is illegal,
which makes the women in Sonagachi extremely susceptible to extortion, blackmail, rape or murder
by local gangsters, pimps and the police.

Byte: Sudeshna Basu Mukharjee, Sociologist

Byte: Pinki, Sex worker

“I am living at this place as a mother no one wants to live. I want to make my children’s future bright , When we’ll get older then our children will not going to support us.”

Byte: Juhi Tamang, Teacher

“My mother does not want me to join this field. Till the time I can do work hard, I’ll do.”

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The New Faces of St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Russia
By alfredoc
31 Dec 2011

During the winter in St. Petersburg, time seems to stand still when night falls, and the white mist all around begs lovers never to leave each other, keeps the city's youth together. After the fall of the Soviet Union and Communism, emerging Russian youth cultures strongly felt the influences of their contemporary American and European neighbors.

Twenty years later, St. Petersburg has rid itself of the myth of being a city of sex tourism. Today St. Petersburg has taken on a more European air, and to the youth feels more akin to Generation Y dream cities like Berlin and London. It is about post-perestroika youth pushing the limits of culture where it was once forbidden to watch western films, listen to western radio or even wear bluejeans.

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Transgenders (6 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
12 Dec 2011

Lyalya, 45, is bisexual. During private events, he likes to dress up in women’s clothing.

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Transgenders (1 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
15 Oct 2011

Layma thinks that being a transgender is like putting a stamp of loneliness on yourself.