The Change Project

Elevating the visibility of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) people and advocating for an improved quality of life through the arts, strategic partnerships, and community programs in the Deep South and Midwestern United States.


About The Change Project

Taking revolutionary art off the walls and onto our bodies

The Change Project recognizes that each person's experiences are uniquely theirs and believes that all people should be able to share theirs story. The Change Project brings greater visibility to the experiences of all LGBTQ people and raise awareness of the privileges individuals may carry within all aspects of their identities. We also highlight the intersectionality inherent in human identity and demonstrate how understanding this intersectionality is important to achieving social equality. Our vision is for a society that accepts all people regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Change Project serves everyone by creating access to fine art for low-income people, ensuring that all identity groups are represented in the artwork, and supporting LGBTQ people by affirming their identities in mainstream society. 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. Finally, by creating educational resources that are driven by lived experiences, we can create a world where LGBTQ people feel safe and secure.




STEVEN ROMEO Executive Director

kevin garcia           deep south regional coordinator

Shani-Angela Hervey florida director

kendal holzman        mid-south regional coordinator

Jen Mayfield        gulf coast regional coordinator

D Andrew Porter       midwest regional coordinator

Jack tribble          shop progress coordinator


Our Bodies. Our Lives. (OBOL) is the entitlement of the fine art component of The Change Project, as well as a collection within it. The purpose of this program is to generate conversations that have been missing in the movement for LGBTQ equality. A conversation around humanizing queer people; recognizing that queer people are humans and should be treated as such, because we are unique in our own identity. Our collections focuses on queer people claiming their truths. The collections also address other intersectional components of queer narratives such as the “coming out” process, homelessness, religion and faith, nonbinary gender presentations, HIV and AIDS, body positivity and more. Click here to view the online gallery.

Our Voices Matter and My Pronouns Matter are comprehensive storytelling campaigns. Combined with a collection of fine art work that will tour the country, Our Voices Matter will create a dialogue about the intersectional nature of LGBTQ identities. By sharing the stories of LGBTQ people from rural and/or low-income backgrounds, we will create an online community of support in those communities that will better serve those struggling to come out. Click here to listen to the stories.

OMG! Coming Out Zines. A part of the Our Voices Matter Education series, The Change Project has developed coming out magazines targetted at middle- and high school students living in the south. These magazines are engaging and show the ever growing diversity within the queer community. Online publication coming August 2016.

The Queer Artist Collective is an online space for LGBTQ identified creatives to exhibit and sell their work. This program is a part of The Change Project, a nonprofit dedicated to creating access to artistic spaces for LGBTQ people. The collective is a place for new artists to bring their skills to the world. Program launching soon. 

IAMHIV seeks to work toward the end of stigma by engaging people living with and affected by HIV in a viral photo campaign. This campaign intends to give a face to the virus - the familiar face of "everyday people just like you." AIDS Alabama and The Change Project believe the best way to combat stigma is through visibility. This unique partnership allows the campaign to become viral in 7 of the states with the highest HIV rates in the country. These states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Click here to support this campaign. 

workOUT is a safe, inclusive, and fun wellness program in partnership with Phase Gym, a gay-owned gym in Birmingham. WorkOUT provides a safe space where LGBTQ people can improve or maintain their wellness, and educates trainers on their unique health needs. The program will also make physical fitness programs more accessible, featuring a sliding cost scale.

Shop Progress is a fundraising program of The Change Project. We believe that advocacy should be affordable and effective in its messaging. We have created a shop for people to buy screen printed shirts, bags, hoodies and more for affordable prices with a powerful message. All items are screen printed by the staff of The Change Project. Click here to shop the current collection.

The Change Project was founded by artist Steven Romeo in Central Alabama in 2012. Currently, The Change Project operates in 11 states throughout the South and Midwest.

Technical Assistance & Speakers Bureau

The Change Project has an awesome group of artists/non-profit professionals that are available for speaking engagements at colleges, conferences, nonprofits, and other public events.

All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience. If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.

Please note that all speaking engagements require that at least the travel expenses be covered as our speakers are located all across the US. We are willing to work with every organization no matter what their budget. The total fees ranges from $2,000-10,000 depending on the speaker, type of presentation, and number of presentations requested.

Book A Speaker Now! To arrange to have one of our artists speak at your event, please complete the form below their bio, and we will get in touch with you soon.

Get Involved

Intern for The Change Project. We have many different positions available. Potential candidates should be juniors or seniors in college or recent graduates looking to enter the non-profit field and excited to work for a start-up. Click the image above to see all of the positions available.

Intern for The Change Project. We have many different positions available. Potential candidates should be juniors or seniors in college or recent graduates looking to enter the non-profit field and excited to work for a start-up. Click the image above to see all of the positions available.


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