IDENTITY is a project by award-winning British photographer Chris Jepson, exploring what it means to identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community today.
The black and white images encourage the viewer to look beyond the trappings of location and engage directly with the sitter. The diverse faces of LGBTQ+ people from innumerable walks of life aim to challenge the stereotypes and assumptions to dispel the myths of perceived identity.
As a multi-exhibited body of work, IDENTITY gives visibility to marginalised LGBTQ+ people promoting a diverse and inclusive community.
Throughout recent history we have been persecuted and legislated against but in times of need we step up for each other. In the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City it was lesbians who rallied around gay men in their hour of need and when the Trans community was under attack it was the rest of the LGB community that stepped up and said ‘No, Transphobia is not ok’.
As our hard fought for rights are being eroded, it is essential that we come together as a community.
All families have disagreements and moments of discord, and the rainbow family is no exception, but I am hoping this project will show that our rich diversity is our greatest strength.
I am looking for members of the LGBTQ+ community from all walks of life. If you would like to participate, please complete the ‘Get Involved‘ form, then we can arrange the when and where for the shoot which, once set up, should take no more than 10-15 minutes.