By Yannick Delva
Originally published on Advocate.com May 29 2014 8:02 AM ET
Artist iO Tillett Wright said she realized one of the biggest hurdles that LGBT people faced in gaining rights was visibility. So she decided to help change that by capturing the faces of 10,000 people in the United States who identify as anything other than 100 percent straight.
"We come in all shapes, sizes, races, and social strata, thus making it harder for people to discriminate against us," she says on her website.
And the Self Evident Truths project was born.
Wright explained her background and reason for this project in a widely shared TED Talk, "Fifty Shades of Gay," but in sum, the point is to help people understand that the non-straight population is much larger than just LGBTQ.
Now the photos will be part of a gigantic gallery display — the gallery being the National Mall in front of the Washington Monument in 2016. The photos will also appear in a book "organized by people's self-assigned percentage, showing the face of the full spectrum of human sexuality," she says.
And then once Tillett hits the 10,000-person target, anyone can submit their portrait and stories online. Ultimately, all of the images and stories will be used to help encourage political dialogue and policy changes, perhaps helping members of Congress put a face with the rights on which they're voting.
Check out the following pages for photos collected for Self Evident Truths so far:
New York City