© Oana Lohan for Inside/Insights
“STATES OF UNION is comprised of a series of color portrait photographs of same-sex families. ‘Family’ in STATES OF UNION, may be as few as two individuals who are in a committed relationship and live as a social unit. These units may include pets and may have biological, fostered, or adopted children.” – © Alix Smith (on Oitzarisme)
“These photographs explore my own complicated relationship with masculinity, sexuality, and identity and how these aspects relate to those I seek connection with. Rejecting traditional expectations of gender and sexuality, I have renamed my body and reclaimed my desire.” – © Jess T Dugan (featured in Love Issue #4)
“Corporal Robert Potter was drafted into the Army in 1946 and re-enlisted shortly after to serve from 1946-1947 in the Army Air Force. He deployed to Japan and Korea during World War II. He is a member of the Alexander Hamilton Post #448 of the American Legion, the only gay post recognized by the American Legion.” – © Jo Ann Santangelo (on Oitzarisme)
“I want to tell the story by going into the great depth of love and intimacy. I want to avoid stereotypes of homosexuality. I also want to avoid the tabloid/shocking news style. I want to show simply how they care and love each other in daily activities. More strongly, I want to show that their loving and caring for each other is nothing deviant. They are all normal and natural behaviors, attitudes, thoughts and emotions. Love is beautiful, and we can only claim ourselves supportive of homosexuality when we accept their love – and see it beautiful as it naturally is!” – © Maika Elan (on Oitzarisme)
“When did you first realize you were gay?
‘Eleven. At first it scared me but after a while I got used to it and realized you can’t really stop it’
Who knows and how did they find out?
‘My mom, my dad, my sisters… pretty much everyone. My mom and my sister knew first and I came out to my dad a few months later and then my grandparents. My friends kind of knew so I didn’t really have to come out to them.’” – © Mr. Sharkey (on Oitzarisme)
“For The Gay Families Project, I am producing a photobook featuring American families with parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). Informed by the past and looking to the future, this photobook will try to be true to our changing times, to its subjects, and to its author’s personal journey. Above all, it will hopefully assist in removing the stigma that still surrounds LGBTQ people and gay parenthood by creating awareness about the commonality of such “gay families”, especially–I hope–for viewers in parts of the world where homophobia is still prevalent.” – © Ștefan Jora (on Oitzarisme)
“As I engage with the connecting themes of love, religion, race, class, family, geography and gender identity, I seek to actively change the way queer communities are perceived, and offer individuals a chance to speak for themselves. This series reveals images of love, survival and a glimpse at the process of growing into one’s self. It acknowledges the complexity of relationships forged between diverse individuals as they creatively reveal subtle shades of gender expression and re-assemble the ever-malleable anatomy of a family. (…) It is my hope that these stories and photographs will become a lasting archive for generations to come.”” – © Molly Landreth and the project page (on Oitzarisme)
“Little Wolf: Let’s Make Some Memories follows two people in the first year of a romantic relationship. Emphasizing moments often overlooked by traditional storytelling, these images focus on the intimacy in between moments of significance: unspoken glances, lingering touches, brief embraces. The moments in these photographs were constructed to heighten the emotions experienced during the creation of a new relationship. The viewer is left to decide whether these moments ever existed, and to what extent their construction jeopardizes any possible emotional identification.”” – © Steven Beckly (on Oitzarisme)
”Luna Istoriei LGBT are loc in Romania si in alte 8 tari din Europa in fiecare februarie. Este un prilej de a sarbatori viata si cultura LGBT (lesbiene, gay, bisexuali, transgender) prin explorarea istoriilor personale si pe ale celorlalti intr-un context LGBT. E o ocazie de a ne bucura de diversitatea lumii in care traim prin constientizarea faptului ca fiecare istorie personala contribuie in modul ei unic la o istorie mai mare, colectiva. De asemenea, este o sansa de a invata si de a discuta despre lupta continua pentru emanciparea comunitatii LGBT din Romania si intreaga lume.” – accept-romania.ro.