In 2010 iO Tillett Wright began a project called Self Evident Truths, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos were intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today.

“Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.” Around fifty portraits were shot in the two weeks that she had, and were presented in stacks in a gallery in Los Angeles, to be taken away by viewers, for free.

 

ONE OF THE CORE IDEAS BEHIND SELF EVIDENT TRUTHS, IS THAT PEOPLE DON’T FIT INTO OVER-SIMPLIFIED BOXES. EVERYONE FALLS SOMEWHERE ON A NUANCED SPECTRUM OF HUMAN SEXUALITY.

 

In 2010 iO Tillett Wright began a project called Self Evident Truths, photographing anyone that felt like they qualified to fall on some part of the LGBTQ spectrum, from bisexual, to transgender. Shot in simple black and white, in natural light, with no makeup or styling, the photos were intended to humanize the very varied face of gays in America today. “Guess what, we look just like you, your mother, your brother, or the coworker sitting right next to you.” Around fifty portraits were shot in the two weeks that she had, and were presented in stacks in a gallery in Los Angeles, to be taken away by viewers, for free.

Struck by the powerful impact of the project, even on such a small scale, iO set her sights on taking the project national. Now, her aim is to photograph anyone in the United States that is, or EVER has been, anything other than 100% straight. The ultimate goal is between 5,000 and 10,000 portraits.

In the spring of 2011 iO shot 262 people in New York City, and by November, she shot another 527 in three parts of California, bringing our count to 789 portraits. In the winter of 2012, iO and the team took Self Evident Truths on a tour of the South, collecting faces in places like Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana.

The Self Evident Truths portraits will be compiled into a series of large exhibitions, an online database, a book, several guerrilla art campaigns, and they will be disseminated through numerous digital outlets.

A documentary team is also creating a film about the project, the people they meet, and the issues they face in their daily lives in different parts of the country.

A completely independent art and awareness campaign, Self Evident Truths is in continuous need of funding. The more funds raised, the more portraits that can be taken, and the more places the team can visit. If you are able to make a tax deductible donation, we encourage you to do so, and are immensely grateful.

 

THIS IS THE CIVIL RIGHTS FIGHT OF OUR GENERATION,
AND TOGETHER WE WILL MAKE OUR PRESENCE KNOWN.

 

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