ABOUT
Increased Internet access in recent years, has provided a different way for LGBTQ individuals in traditionally conservative and under resources spaces to learn more about themselves and explore the coming out process. But due to the historical disparities in community building and resources, the majority of resources and stories available reflect urban, mostly Northeastern and Western experiences. It is this gap that The Change Project seeks to solve. By highlighting the stories and experiences of LGBTQ individuals in traditionally conservative and under reasources areas of the country, The Change Project hopes to foster an inclusive LGBTQ community that supports all members in this ever growing digital age.

The Change Project has created a new and comprehensive story collecting campaign called Faces of LGBTQ America. Beautiful portraits paired with the stories will be curated in an online collective, and in physical form. Faces of LGBTQ America creates a dialogue about the intersectional nature of LGBTQ identities. By sharing the stories of LGBTQ people from all walks of life including rural and/or low-income backgrounds, we create an online community of support in those communities that will better serve those struggling to come out, or simply learn more about LGBTQ identities.
POSE FOR LGBTQ TEXAS
Why Participate?
 
More and more, LGBTQ individuals have turned to the internet to seek out resources when exploring identities and undergoing the coming out process. In an instant, one can access the advice and solace of fellow community members through forums, blogs, and video series. As Mustanski, Lyons and Garcia found in their 2011 study, community members overwhelmingly “described the Internet as a unique medium to realizing they are not alone.” Similar studies have echoed the importance of the Internet for LGBTQ youth as both a primary means of accessing community resources and a means for meeting peers (DeHaan, Kuper, Magee, et.al., 2013).
THE DETAILS
1. Arrive Camera-Ready
 
2. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and fabulous.
 
3. Before you arrive, or in the few minutes before your time in front of the camera, complete the interview form that is emailed to you about one week before your photoshoot. Be as detailed as possible and share what you are comfortable with others seeing. These will be published online. Filing out the interview form prior to the photoshoot helps the artist understand a little bit more about you and will help make the portrait even better.
 
4. Artist, photographer Steven Romeo will take between 8 and 10 frames with a couple of different poses. The whole process should last between 7-9 minutes.
 
5. In about 3 weeks, we will email you with a branded final image for you to post on social media. You will also have the option to purchase prints that are unbranded. 
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Steven Romeo, MPA is the founder, executive director and primary artist for The Change Project based in Birmingham, Ala. Their work was recognized by The White House in November of 2015 as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. Romeo completed their undergraduate degree in Political Science at The University of Alabama, and completed their Master of Public Adiministration at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. In fall of 2016, they were recognized on the POZ 100 list for their work on IAMHIV. 
ABOUT THE CHANGE PROJECT
It is the mission of The Change Project to elevate the voices of LGBTQ people and advocate for an improved quality of life through the arts, education, and local policy initiatives throughout the United States.
 
By creating dialogue around LGBTQ identities, The Change Project fosters acceptance of these identity groups. By supporting LGBTQ people through highly-visible campaigns, we counteract stigma and prejudice against LGBTQ people. By sharing the stories of individuals of diverse backgrounds, we seek to destabilize the societal obstacles for LGBTQ people of multiple, concomitant identities.
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