On Sunday June 7, Self Evident Truths, a national portrait project documenting 10,000 LGBTQ Americans, will be traveling to PrideFest Milwaukee. Photographing any American who identify as anything other than 100% straight, the aim of the project is to humanize America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community through the simplicity of a face. To date, the project has photographed over 8,500 Americans in thirty-nine states.
For those interested in participating, iO will be photographing at PrideFest, Sunday June 7, 1PM following her talk at the Stonewall Stage at 12:15PM. Participation, which is free, is open to anyone who identifies anywhere along the LGBTQ spectrum. Those under eighteen years of age will need to bring a signed release form or bring a legal guardian to the event.
The project was created and all portraits are shot by iO Tillett Wright, an artist, photographer, activist, and writer now based in Los Angeles, California. iO (pronounced eye-oh) popularized and expanded the project after her TED Talk, “FIFTY SHADES OF GAY”, became one of the first to discuss the spectrums of sexuality and gender.
iO Tillett Wright and her Project Manger, Tyler Renner will be traveling to PrideFest Milwaukee to photograph the local LGBTQ community. With only eleven sates remaining before the project has visited all fifty states, they will be embarking on their final tour in order to reach their goal of 10,000 portraits.
Once all 10,000 portraits are completed, the team will be installing them on the National Mall in front of the Washington Monument, to elevate the conversation and encourage legal equality for people of all sexual orientations and genders in the United States and internationally.
The project has been featured in Vogue, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, and the Advocate.
A revamp of the project came in the form of the WE ARE YOU Campaign, which launched a video featuring Amber Heard, Sia Furler, Kyle Minogue, Gabby Hoffmann, Penn Badgley, Steve Buscemi, and other celebrities backing the message of inclusivity and support for the LGBTQ Community. (Available at: selfevidentproject.com/about)
For National Coming Out Day 2014 the project featured top model Cara Delevingne in the WE ARE YOU t-shirt, whose sales fund the project.
We hope that you will join us in this epic endeavor and highlight Wisconsin’s LGBTQ Community members, their strengths, challenges, and need for visibility.
For more information about the project or to schedule interviews with iO, contact Tyler Renner, the Self Evident Truths Project Manager.
email@example.com or visit selfevidentproject.com
All donations go towards funding the photography of 10,000 portraits across the nation, as well as the installation in Washington DC.