The Gay Men Project

Kevin Truong has amassed thousands of photos of gay men all over the world, proving there is an activism in just existing openly.

BY Christopher Harrity

March 04 2014 5:00 AM ET


Wu, Management Consultant, Paris
Wu, in his own Mandarin words: “巴黎人喜欢用压着韵的儿语来形容日常的生活:métro, boulot, dodo,就是坐地铁,上班,睡觉。有人觉得是在抱怨生活的单调,在我看来更是一种对小日子的调侃。这是我印象中的巴黎人,一边享受着采菊东篱下悠然见南山,一边向往着铁马冰河入梦来。可以毫不吝啬的在花神咖啡馆呆一整个温暖的下午,手里却也是攥着一本《Liar’s Poker》津津有味。
不知不觉间,已经在这个城市度过了我生命中的7年。和这种城市的感觉已经是老夫老妻,没有当年第一次从Opéra地铁站出来看到金顶歌剧院的那份震撼,也没有当时从外省赶来面试,从6号线上偶尔回头看到巍然而立的埃菲尔铁塔时的那份惊喜。别人问我对这里的感觉,我大多数回答是熟悉。一个熟悉的城市,让我知道我饿了去哪里可以吃到正宗的川菜,让我知道哪家电影院座位宽大还不需要排队,让我知道哪一家理发店可以让我出门不会失望,让我知道哪一家酒吧的服务生笑起来很迷人。每次出门久了回来,都会发现这座城市愈发可爱。如果有一天我会离开巴黎,我想我会很难过。

但生命的概念就是这样的不是么?出生以及成长在中国东北的边陲,看惯了千里冰封万里雪飘,每天被冬装裹成小球的童年的我怎么也想不到现在的我会生活在9000公里之外每天人模狗样。心里一个声音告诉我这里只是驿站不是终点,我想我的旅程还没有结束。

人来人往,人去人留,好多朋友已经走到东南西北。也不知道那些花儿是不是都已经老了。心里一个画面却总是挥之不去而且愈来愈清晰,我和亲爱的你,小餐馆,临窗而坐,一瓶红酒,两个人儿,窗外刮风飘雪,窗内却只见你泛红的小脸。路人行色匆匆,你我享受其中。镜头拉远,这一幕的背景可以是巴黎,可以是纽约,但这重要么?

 


Aldo, Photographer, Los Angeles
Aldo, in his own words: “Kevin, I have been out for such a long time and feel so comfortable with being gay that thinking about what being gay means to me is as strange as asking a straight man what being straight means to him. There was a point early in my life where I spent a lot of time and energy struggling to accept my attraction to men. It was not an easy process — coming from a Catholic background and all. But with the help of gay organizations and good friends, I finally got to a point where I could say that I truly love being gay and would not change it if there was a pill to make me straight."

 


Yoshi and Bill, Gallery Owners, Vancouver, Canada
Bill, in his own words: “(With regards to being gay) Well, an easy answer to that would be I feel like a Mac in a PC world. Which is pretty much held true for the last 20 or 30 years. The Macintosh computer (being gay) allowed me to do things that otherwise I would not have thought possible. The world up until recently saw things in a mechanical binary, black-or-white, either/or light. Straight/Gay. Very PC. Light has many colors!

Yoshi, in his own words: “Hula has changed my perspective on life. The teachings of hula are the teachings of life. They are learned using your six senses and your whole being as you get in harmony with nature. I realized what the hula has taught me is crucial to me as a photographer and an artist. It is about loving all things that nature provides, being compassionate and cooperative, respecting each other, and nurturing a sincere and humble heart. It is far more important to reshape one’s state of mind than to learn to do the dance moves."

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