On screen right now are 7 image results for ‘trans person’ from a popular stock image search.
From top left to right are: Gender or sex symbols with the plus and arrow, rainbow 3D rendered DNA, an image of a person holding a photo in front of their torso/chest of a body in a bra and underwear, two figures from behind wrapped in a rainbow pride flag holding hands, A rainbow pride flag, an artistic rainbow illustration and a close up side shot of a person with a dark beard, red lips and red long nails in a ‘shh’ physical motion with their finger in front of their lips.
When we come to look for ways to depict non cis-gendered folks we find less useful and images that have complex and potentially harmful meaning.
The advice I offer here is
First is that gender diversity has no ‘standard’ visual code when you’re using images of humans. They could identify as LGBTQ+ or not but there is certainly no way of ‘knowing’ from visual alone. If you’re content is about LGBTQ+ representation then there are places you can find stock photo sets of folks that identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Such as Mapbox’s Queer in tech photo set.
The second piece of advice is to be careful when using symbol imagery such as the rainbow pride flag. The rainbow flag particularly has changed recently to include both a black and brown stripe for marginalised races and ethnicities and the transgender flag.
One of the best ways to ascertain whether your content is ‘caring’ is to ask the communities you wish to represent.