Photographer Attempts To Capture LGBT America In 10,000 Portraits

The Self Evident Truths project is traveling across all fifty states to spread one message of inclusivity: “We Are You.”

1. The Self Evident Truths Project hopes to capture 10,000 portraits of people in the U.S. that identify as anything other than “100% straight”.

2. Creator iO Tillett Wright, along with her project team, hopes to “humanize a vast community” simply by documenting their diverse faces.

3. “Showing that we come in all shapes, sizes, races, and social strata, thus making it harder for people to discriminate against us,” the project team explains.

4. The group intends to spread awareness and understanding about “the entire spectrum of human sexuality” – including the grey areas between gay, straight, and trans.

5. The ultimate goal? To print all the images on the lawn of the National Mall for an installation in the spring of 2016, just before the next presidential election.

6. Using the #WEAREYOU campaign, the team hopes to eventually hit all 50 states to photograph volunteers and collect personal stories.

7. BuzzFeed spoke with iO about the things she has learned about herself through this experience so far:

8. “So many things. Mostly about my own prejudices, and keeping those in check…

9. “…and the resilience of the human spirit.”

10. “People will be true to themselves in the face of the most astonishing odds.”

11. Get involved with the project right here or track their progress on Instagram.

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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