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.