PRESS RELEASE

November 10, 2015

 Contact: Steven Romeo, Change Project, 205.356.3998, steven@embodyprogress.org

Our Bodies. Our Lives. Photography Campaign Exhibits at Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival!

Check out the campaign on Hatchfund and together let’s challenge what the world thinks an LGBTQ person should or should not look like.

Birmingham, AL (November 10, 2015) - The Change Project, officially announced today that founder and artist Steven Romeo will be exhibiting their collection of fine art photography at the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival this weekend. The exhibition is hosted by the Long Island Community Fellowship, (licf.net) with a display of works by LGBT artists with a musical performance by the LICF Choir and a ticket to short film program of your choice. $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door – Check LIGLFF.org for ticket info

Our Bodies. Our Lives. is an exploration into the way LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) people see themselves and how others see them. Our Bodies. Our Lives asks the viewer to challenge what they think an LGBTQ person should or should not look like. The project will use the funds to engage the viewer in a new way. There is no one way to interpret the artwork. We’re bringing revolutionary art off of the walls and onto our bodies!

“I also hope to bring this piece of artwork to low-income and rural communities where access to queer art is rare. The Southeastern United States does not see much art about queer people. I am asking you to help me change that” said Steven Romeo, founder, The Change Project.

This project is paired with our national storytelling campaigns "Our Voices Matter" and "My Pronouns Matter" to ensure the lives and stories of LGBTQ people from all walks of life are being told. 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.

 The Change Project is asking people to back them, to back LGBTQ adults and youth, in creating dialogue around LGBTQ identities. 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. Funding is needed to travel around the Southeastern United States to photograph subjects and to collect their stories. With each of these photographs the participant will write 150 words about the word they selected.

 Since 2012, The Change Project has sought to to transform discrimination against marginalized groups into acceptance for all people through the art of photography, social media campaigns, and partnerships with anti-bullying organizations.

 Head to their fundraising page on Hatchfund and back them now!

http://www.hatchfund.org/project/our_bodies_our_lives

 Follow the campaign with the hashtag #embodyprogress

 

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