Pride in America

August 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

 

In an America increasingly plagued with Christian fundamentalism, bigotry, right wing extremism and "plain old fashion" racism, it is indeed a reason to rejoice, whether one is gay or not, to see it is still possible to parade and openly state your sexuality in the streets of a major city.

I think these street portraits I shot at various gay pride events in and around New York City, reiterate the fact that America, despite a frightening number of people opposing sexual equality and an historical, widespread American Puritanism revival, is still a democracy, where we all have the right to come out of the closet, with our sexual orientation and persona, more freely than in many other parts of the world.

Having said that, here in America, many visible and invisible discriminatory factors against gay people sadly remain, first and foremost the stubborn and completely absurd unwillingness to recognize and legalize same sex marriage nationwide.

With this body of work I point my attention towards the conceptual paradox, unless we simply want to call it hypocrisy, of a society allowing a public display of your sexuality in the streets while continuing to legally deny you the most basic human right: the right to love and marry whoever you want, regardless of gender.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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