"Beginning with the selection of a running mate who is unabashedly anti-gay, to a series of presidential nominations of people with histories of antigay agendas, the current president of the United States has engaged in a war against the LGBTQ community. After years of the our community making steady gains in employment, housing, and education rights, as well as legal recognition of same-sex relationships, this administration is continually dismantling those gains. The obliteration of policies and programs designed to protect the rights of LGBTQ people is systemic and widespread. Many in the administration, and many of the current president’s supporters, would prefer we just go away, hide, or deny our very identity. At the core of this is their repudiation of us as sexual beings building loving relationship with partners of our choice. This photo series is a visual expression of our community getting pushed back, denied basic protections under the law, and being expected to forgo the basic human rights of loving and community building." — photographer Ron Amato
Amato is currently an associate professor and the chairman of the photography department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. He has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally, been published in a number of anthologies, and photographed for fitness and sports magazines, including Men's Health, Men's Fitness, and Sports Illustrated. He lives in Brooklyn with his husband, Seth, and their two fox terriers, Ben and Zeb.
Visit Amato's website at www.ronamato.com. Be warned. There is adult content.