LGBTQI culture and the evolution of gender sexual equality has been thrust to the forefront of today’s global media. We are nearing a tipping point of global acceptance that’s evident in the wide spread legalization of same sex marriage. While LGBT offers an alternative identity outside of the heterosexual-defined mainstream, for many it also creates another set of limiting gender sexual boundaries. The term queer has been embraced by a new generation who believes we are all unique individuals with our own gender fluid sexual identity. As a global queer community, we are empowering each other and the next generation to embrace our unique identity; to come out, be heard, and demand acceptance.
The Queerography Book Project transcends borders, giving a voice to the unique and vibrant faces of queer culture around the world through collaborative, empowered, and interactive photography. For the first edition of Queerography, I traveled for 6 months through the queer communities of Tokyo, Bangkok, and Hong Kong. In navigating the cultural differences in Asia, I developed a collaborative process that begins with an intimate conversation about one’s sexuality, identity, and desires. Through sharing personal stories we create an emotional connection, and a safe space for true self expression. This empowers us to create an image that captures the true essence of their queer identity.
It’s my hope that the sincerity of these images allows the viewer to connect and interact with the subject regardless of sexual gender identity, further expanding the freedom for all of us to explore and embrace our own unique identity. We are all unique in our own way. We are all queer!