One Photographer’s Abiding Love Letter to Her Genderqueer Partner

In the beginning, Lissa Rivera says BJ Lillis had “no money and no plans.” She photographed her partner and muse for the joy of it. Once, they went shopping at a discount fabric store on Flatbush Avenue in NYC, where they discovered a yellow polyester chiffon. Another time, BJ wore their Victoria’s Secret ‘Pink’ sweatpants for an impromptu photo shoot at home. “We were having fun with my crappy lens,” Rivera remembers. “It had terrible focus. Didn’t matter to us. Played dress-up all day in the kitchen on a warm Saturday afternoon.” 

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