For anyone who feels like they fall on the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual to transgender, here's a photographer who wants your photo. iO Tillett Wright's photography project "Self Evident Truths" will make a photo record of LGBTQ people in the U.S. today. Why? Well, she wants to use the simplicity of faces to show that humanity exists in all of us.
In the video below, iO Tillett Wright explains how the project began and why she is set on taking the project national. So far, Wright has captured hundreds of portraits and is set to capture 5,000 to 10,000 images that will reflect the true face of LGBTQ across America. After that, Wright wants to compile a series of large exhibitions, an online database, and a number of creative projects.
Supported by the Human Rights Campaign, the project is an independent "awareness" campaign, and the black-and-white photos captured by Wright are simple yet striking. Will "Self Evident Truths" help humanize LGBTQ people in a country that is in the midst of a fight for equal rights? As it's mentioned in the video, marriage equality is just one step in the right direction, but there's still a lot to be done. Perhaps her photographs will remind people that, as Wright commented, “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.”
Hear Wright explain in the video below.
io Tillett Wright: I'm io Tillett Wright, and I'm an artist, born and raised in New York City.
Self Evident Truths is a photographic record of LGBTQ America today. My aim is to take a simple portrait of anyone who's anything other than 100% straight or feels like they fall in the LGBTQ spectrum in any way. My goal is to show the humanity that exists in every one of us, through the simplicity of a face.
We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. It's written in the Declaration of Independence. We are failing as a nation to uphold the morals upon which we were founded. There is no equality in the United States.
It's when you don't have to think about it. As simple as that.
The fight for equal rights is not just about gay marriage. Today, in 29 states, more than half of this country, you can legally be fired, just for your sexuality.
I've heard hundreds of people give the same answer. We are all responsible for equality.
So far we've shot 300 faces in New York City, and we wouldn't have been able to do any of it without the generous support of The Human Rights Campaign. I want to take the project across the country. I want to visit 25 American cities, and I wanna shoot 4 or 5 thousand people.
This is my contribution to the civil rights fight of my generation. I challenge you to look into the faces of these people and tell them that they deserve less than any other human being.