Faces of LGBTQ Texas

Start:Tuesday, May 16, 201712:00 PM

End: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 7:00 PM


Increased Internet access in recent years, has provided a different way for LGBTQ individuals in traditionally conservative and under resources spaces to learn more about themselves and explore the coming out process. But due to the historical disparities in community building and resources, the majority of resources and stories available reflect urban, mostly Northeastern and Western experiences. It is this gap that The Change Project seeks to solve. By highlighting the stories and experiences of LGBTQ individuals in traditionally conservative and under resourced areas of the country, The Change Project hopes to foster an inclusive LGBTQ community that supports all members in this ever growing digital age.

The Change Project has created a new and comprehensive story collecting campaign called Faces of LGBTQ America. Beautiful portraits paired with the stories will be curated in an online collective, and in physical form. Faces of LGBTQ America creates a dialogue about the intersectional nature of LGBTQ identities. By sharing the stories of LGBTQ people from all walks of life including rural and/or low-income backgrounds, we create an online community of support in those communities that will better serve those struggling to come out, or simply learn more about LGBTQ identities.


More and more, LGBTQ individuals have turned to the internet to seek out resources when exploring identities and undergoing the coming out process. In an instant, one can access the advice and solace of fellow community members through forums, blogs, and video series. As Mustanski, Lyons and Garcia found in their 2011 study, community members overwhelmingly “described the Internet as a unique medium to realizing they are not alone.” Similar studies have echoed the importance of the Internet for LGBTQ youth as both a primary means of accessing community resources and a means for meeting peers (DeHaan, Kuper, Magee, et.al., 2013).


1. Arrive Camera-Ready

2. Wear something that makes you feel comfortable and fabulous.

3. Before you arrive, or in the few minutes before your time in front of the camera, complete the interview form that is emailed to you about one week before your photoshoot. Be as detailed as possible and share what you are comfortable with others seeing. These will be published online. Filing out the interview form prior to the photoshoot helps the artist understand a little bit more about you and will help make the portrait even better.

4. Artist, photographer Steven Romeo will take between 8 and 10 frames with a couple of different poses. The whole process should last between 7-9 minutes.

5. In about 3 weeks, we will email you with a branded final image for you to post on social media. You will also have the option to purchase prints that are unbranded.