More so now than ever before, we need our stories. Across the world gay and transgendered rights are at the forefront of social and political debate. Though gay marriage has been recently legalized in many Western nations, and key victories have been won in protecting the rights of transgendered people, we have also seen that these hard-fought rights can be overturned by persistent opposition or a turnover in leadership. In countless other nation-states worldwide, LGBTQ+ people continue to live in fear of criminalization, ostracization, and violence, simply for living their authentic selves.
Living Without Disguises knows that telling our stories isn’t single-handedly going to repair the reality for LGBTQ+ people across the world. But it is a start. It is a means to connect us – so that those members of our community living in isolation and fear can see that they are not alone. So that the courageous activists at the frontlines of LGBTQ+ rights in ultraconservative cultures can connect to their peers. So that we can all see that despite our diversity, we share a common pursuit.
Are you inspired to answer any of these questions? Do you have a story you are willing to share?
We are looking for proud, courageous individuals to contribute their story to the project – in their own words, in their own voice. Submit your story – in written form (up to 1500 words) and don’t forget to include a photo.
Email your submission to email@example.com