This exhibit was conceptualized after witnessing the "JUST MARRIED" exhibition at Hull House in Chicago. It featured photographs of same-gender loving people who were getting married in San Francisco. The complaint of a number of Black gay people at the exhibit was that they saw few Black gay people in the exhibit and those that they saw were only with white partners. As a photographer of African-American descent who is same-gender-loving, I felt the need to respond. This exhibit is a result of my commitment to highlight images of African-American same-gender loving people. It is a naming project meant to put a face and diversity on the larger Black Community. A presentation that is to be seen and lived. It is a movable feast meant to expand to include an even larger collection of images, videos, art, and voices of African-American same-gender loving and transgender people and their families. It is a collection that says we were ALWAYS here! Its main purpose is DIVERSITY and VISIBILITY within the African-American community.
Title: We Are Here! African-American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Images
Photographer: Richard Lee Gray