In these striking portraits and personal profiles, Los Angeles-based photographer Jan Dee Gordon captures the energy, optimism, and resiliency of fifty LGBTQ heroes. They relate their struggles to live in accordance with their gender identities and sexual orientations. In their own words, they describe transforming a seemingly unyielding reality (represented by the ribbons of steel in the photos) into lives of service, art, friendship, and humor.
You’ll meet a ninety-three-year-old priest who recalls his church’s opposition to his LGBTQ ministry as Stonewall exploded. You’ll hear actors, writers, and performers tell of overcoming isolation, fear, and rebuke in honing their crafts andconnecting with people of all backgrounds—eventually making them laugh, cry, and appreciate our common humanity. You’ll read a star NBA player’s story of how he decided to reveal his sexual orientation within the macho world of professional sports.
Each profile teaches powerful lessons about how living courageously and honestly—exactly as we were created—enriches our lives and the lives of those around us.