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The largest collection of stories of gay men around the world.

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STRETCH GOAL:  I'm so humbled, we've all reached our goal of $30,000!  Here's our stretch goal, so we can keep campaigning until the very end.  If we're able to reach $35,000, I'll add a 10 city tour across America to the beginning of the route, to include cities in the rural South.

"Let's document this moment in history as told by us, in our own words.  Let's offer a piece of ourselves to others who may not be as free to do so."

The idea behind the Gay Men Project is quite simple.  For the past two years I've been traveling to different cities across the world and photographing as many gay men as I can.  So far, I've photographed nearly 400 men, in 15 cities, 7 countries, and four continents.  I then ask each man to write down his story, and publish all of these photos, along with the personal testimonials of each individual at:

www.thegaymenproject.com

My goal is to create a platform to challenge stereotypes, and a resource and sense of community for others who may not be as openly gay.  I think it's great when a professional athlete comes out, or an actor, or news anchor.  But let's take a moment to celebrate the story of the kid that came out to his high school basketball team as well.

Watch a video of the first 373 Portraits here!

People have visited the website from 7,386 cities and 181 countries across the world!

So let's the keep the momentum going!

For the past two years I've financed this project entirely on my own, and I'm here on Kickstarter to ask for your help in raising $30,000 to continue this body of work.  This would allow me to devote one hundred percent of my time and energy into this project for a period of six months, and continue to take the project to at least 15 more countries starting in August of 2014.

Here's a breakdown of the costs, and a map of the countries I plan to bring the project to:

 (Note: In many of the cities I plan to work in, I'll be staying with friends, which will greatly offset the costs)

 Planned Route Map for Travel, Starting August 2014:

 This would serve as the main route of the trip, with flexibility to change course and add destinations, especially once in Europe:

Portland, OR (hometown) >> Caracas, Venezuela >> Lima, Peru >> Santiago, Chile >> Buenos Aires, Argentina >> Rio De Janiero, Brazil >> Cape Town, South Africa >> Nairobi, Kenya >> New Delhi, India >> Seoul, South Korea >> Tokyo, Japan >> Shanghai, China >> Jakarta, Indonesia >> Sydney, Australia >> Berlin, Germany

Once I hit Germany, I'm allowing myself more flexibility, and I'll continue throughout Europe as far as the remaining funds will allow.

$30,000 is the budget for the main route of this trip, to cover six months.  Any funding beyond that will be used to expand the trip.  I'll take this project as far and as long as you allow me to!

Rewards

All art prints are digitally printed on high quality archival photo paper.  Sized to the dimensions of the paper, with the image and white trim.  The special edition catalog of the first 339 portraits will be printed in a limited edition of 10, bound with soft cover.  The special edition one of a kind art book will be custom made, bound with hard cover.

Press

This project is already making a difference, and has received international press, including from:

 "The Gay Men Project"

"The Gay Men Project"

"The Gay Men Project: Contribute Your Stories (Photos)"

"Fotógrafo Kevin Truong inclui o Rio no catálogo do ‘The gay men project’"

"20 Photographs of Gay Men Living Across the World."

"Kevin Truong Creates Visual Identity Catalog With 'The Gay Men Project'"

"Be Yourself:  Share Your Individuality in a Photograph"

"The Gay Men Project: <<Je vais photographier autant de gays je pourrai, afin de montrer qu'il n'y a pas d'apparaence stérótypée>>"

"Photographer Kevin Truong Chronicles Gay Life Around the World for 'The Gay Men Project': WATCH"

 "Kevin Truong--the face behind 'The Gay Men Project'"

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Risks and challenges

Since I've been working on this project for the past two years, I have a strong grasp of how to make it work, logistically traveling and finding men to photograph. Ultimately the biggest challenge will be just that, finding men to photograph in cities I don't have any contacts in, e.g. Cape Town, South Africa. But I'm confident in my ability to establish the required networks. Through the work I've already done with the project, I've proven my ability to do this. For example, when I went to São Paulo, Brazil, I knew no one. When I left I had photographed sixteen men.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One signed thank you postcard with an image from the Gay Men Project.

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    All of the above. One 8in x 12in Signed Special Edition Art Print from The Gay Men Project, archival. CREDIT: Your name included in a list of Donors for every major exhibition of the images for the next 4 years.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One signed thank you postcard with an image from the Gay Men Project. One 11in x 14in Signed Special Edition Art Print from The Gay Men Project, archival. CREDIT: Your name included in a list of Donors for every major exhibition of the images for the next 4 years.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One signed thank you postcard with an image from the Gay Men Project. One 16in x 20in Signed Special LIMITED Edition Art Print from The Gay Men Project, archival. CREDIT: Your name included in a list of Donors for every major exhibition of the images for the next 4 years.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One hand-written personal letter sent while traveling, documenting the experience. Three 16in x 20in Signed Special LIMITED Edition Art Prints from The Gay Men Project, archival. CREDIT: Your name included in a list of Donors for every 'The Gay Men Project' exhibition for the next 4 years.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One hand-written personal letter sent while traveling, documenting the experience. Five 16in x 20in Signed Special LIMITED Edition Art Prints from The Gay Men Project, archival. CREDIT: Your name included in a list of Donors for every 'The Gay Men Project' exhibition for the next 4 years.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One hand-written personal letter sent while traveling, documenting the experience. Five 16in x 20in Signed Special LIMITED Edition Art Prints from The Gay Men Project, archival. One Special LIMITED Edition (1 of 10) Printed Catalog of the first 339 portraits from The Gay Men Project, with your name listed in the acknowledgements page.
    A meeting with me, to discuss the project, in any of the cities along the route (Your travel and accommodations not included). CREDIT: Your name listed as a major Donor for every major exhibition of the images for the next 4 years.

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    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One hand-written personal letter sent while traveling, documenting the experience. One reproduced copy of my handwritten journal, documenting the entirety of the experience. Ten 16in x 20in Signed Special LIMITED Edition Art Prints from The Gay Men Project. One Special LIMITED Edition (1 of 10) Printed Catalog of the first 339 portraits from The Gay Men Project, with your name listed in the acknowledgements page. A meeting with me, to discuss the project, in any of the cities along the route, along with an on location photo shoot (Your travel and accommodations not included). Select images from your shoot provided to you in digital format, along with select proof prints. CREDIT: Your name listed as a Donor for every major exhibition of the images for the next 4 years.

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    Let's be honest, if you're pledging this much, it's because you believe in the power and importance of this project. But I still want to reward you! So besides my extreme gratitude, here's what you'll get!

    Acknowledgment of your contribution posted on The Gay Men Project Website. One hand-written personal letter sent while traveling, documenting the experience. One reproduced copy of my handwritten journal, documenting the entirety of the experience. Ten 16in x 20in Signed Special LIMITED Edition Art Prints from The Gay Men Project, archival. ONE OF A KIND Special Edition Art Book of images and stories from the project, made specifically for you acknowledging your contributions to the project and its success, with personal dedication from me. A meeting with me, to discuss the project, in any of the cities along the route, along with an on location photo shoot (Your travel and accommodations not included). Select images from your shoot provided to you in digital format, along with select proof prints. CREDIT: Your name listed as a Donor for every major exhibition of the images for the next 4 years.

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