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Thomas Wilson Pratt Slatin

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Thomas Slatin
Thomas Slatin
Thomas Slatin in 2023
Born (1979-07-20) July 20, 1979 (age 44)
New York, New York, United States
  • Writer
  • Photographer
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
Years active1998–present

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Thomas Wilson Pratt Slatin, known professionally as Thomas Slatin, is a renowned American photographer, writer, and website designer. With a strong focus on urban exploration, nature, and locomotive photography, Slatin has garnered a significant following and recognition for her captivating work.

Early Life[edit]

Slatin was born on July 20, 1979 as an intersex individual assigned hermaphrodite at birth. The complexities of her intersex identity, meant that she faced numerous challenges in a society that often lacked understanding and acceptance of intersex individuals. She was raised female, and has lived her entire life as a female, despite being born with genitalia that appears male.

She is the only child to Dr. Harvey L. Slatin and Anne Slatin, and was raised in New York City before her family relocated to Stamford, New York when she was eight years old. Thomas' passion for writing and photography was ignited at a young age, thanks to the influence of her father, who gifted her first camera, and her mother who often took her to stationary stores as a child. She was mentored by the renowned poet Allen Ginsberg, and directly influenced by esteemed journalist Charles Kuralt.


Thomas Slatin served as a Firefighter and Paramedic for 22 years. Her commitment and skill led her to rise through the ranks, ultimately achieving the position of Lieutenant. However, she eventually decided to embark on a new journey, pursuing her passion for photography and writing on a full-time basis.

Slatin's impressive photography has been featured in various esteemed publications, including "Current Photographer" and "Photography Tricks," both of which are highly regarded industry online publications. Moreover, her images have been licensed by prominent platforms, reflecting the broad appeal and commercial value of her work. Her talent has caught the attention of the Jones Soda Company on multiple occasions. Her exceptional photographs have been selected by the renowned beverage company and showcased on their retail bottles, further amplifying her exposure and solidifying her status as a respected photographer.

She continues to captivate audiences with her distinct photography style, combining an appreciation for urban landscapes, the wonders of nature, and the power of locomotives. Through her skillful lens, she captures the essence of her subjects, offering viewers a unique perspective and evoking a sense of awe and wonder.

Personal Life[edit]

At the tender age of 16, Thomas made the courageous decision to publicly disclose her sexual orientation, revealing her identity as a lesbian. This significant personal milestone marked a pivotal moment in her life, as she embarked on a journey of self-discovery and authenticity.

She married Amelia Phoenix Desertsong on May 24, 2021; the couple currently lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Intersex Advocacy[edit]

Parallel to their professional accomplishments, Slatin has been a vocal advocate for intersex rights and visibility. She has tirelessly worked to raise awareness about intersexuality, challenging societal stigmas, and fighting for the rights and well-being of intersex individuals. Slatin's advocacy efforts have encompassed a wide range of initiatives, including giving speeches in various educational settings. Her fearless commitment to fostering inclusivity and understanding has made a lasting impact on the intersex community.

External Links[edit] - Official blog of Thomas Slatin.