Casa Susanna photo book is testament to resilience and power of the LGBTQ+ community

Casa Susanna photo book
Andrea Susan (attributed to), Photo shoot with Lili, Wilma, and friends, Casa Susanna (detail), Hunter, NY, 1964-1967. 8.4 × 10.8 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. 2014/724. (Image credit: © Art Gallery of Ontario)

A hidden chapter of LGBTQ+ history has just been uncovered in the new book titled Casa Susanna which brings together a wealth of research and a captivating selection of photographs illuminating the remarkable story of America's first known trans network. Unveiling the clandestine world of the 1950s and 60s, where transgender women and cross-dressing men sought refuge, this book opens a window into a now-lost era.

Nestled in the Catskills region of New York, Casa Susanna emerged as a modest yet transformative haven for individuals who yearned to express their true selves without the fear of societal backlash. The house provided a safe space for these men to live out their dreams, dressing and living as women for a few days without the looming threat of incarceration or institutionalization.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.