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Marginalized faith communities featured in Santa Clara University museum photo exhibit

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Rick Nahmias
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Vanessa, a transgender sex worker with her altar to Santa Muerte, in her SRO in San Francisco's Tenderloin. It's among many photos in Rick Nahmias' Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, now in Santa Clara University's deSaisset Museum.

Golden States of Grace: Documentary photographer Rick Nahmias spent more than three years researching, photographing, and taking oral histories of 11 California faith communities outside the religious mainstream - including transgender sex workers in San Francisco's Tenderloin who worship Santa Muerte, Zen Buddhist San Quentin inmates, and an AIDS ashram in West Hollywood. The result is a multi-media traveling exhibition and book, Golden States of Grace: Prayers of the Disinherited, with a strong social justice message on bridging the "us versus them" divide.  In this interview, meet Rick and hear inspiring words and song from the touring exhibit, which is at Santa Clara University's deSaisset Museum January 13 thru March 18.