On January 23, 2015, TEDxUniversityofNevada held it's third event with an impressive line-up of speakers at the Joe Crowley Student Union on the campus of The University of Nevada, Reno. I am honored to have been part of it presenting my talk on Gays in the Military.
Interviews and photographs of gay/lesbian service members and veterans on experiences in the military and the effects on their lives. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 26, 2011.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! What an amazing year 2014 has been and 2015 is starting off with a bang!
I am pleased to announce that I will be doing a TEDx Talk in Reno, NV on January 23, 2015. The theme of the TEDxUniverisityofNevada event is Bridge and my talk is on open-mindedness and embracing differences based on the Gays in the Military project. There will be live streaming of the day of the event. Oh yes, and there are Tee shirts available:
Daylight Books developed an of Gays in the Military on June 1, 2014 bringing together portraits, interviews and audio that reflect on the experiences of gay service members and veterans in digital format, as well as Join the Conversation, where veterans and service members can post their selfies to an ongoing conversation about the issue using #gaysinmilitary.
And of course if anyone missed the NY Times article, Out and Serving, published last year on March 9, 2014, you can see it here online with more pictures and text than was printed.
I gave a lecture on Gays in the Military at The Library of Congress, September 23, 2014 sponsored by LCGLOBE to commemorate the three-year anniversary of the implementation of the DADT Repeal Act in September, 2011. This December, 2015 will be the five-year anniversary of the DADT Repeal Act of 2010.
What to look forward to in 2015: Gays in the Military will be featured at the NYC Pride Fest and the Washington, D.C. Capital Pride in June, 2015 and we are working on events in collaboration with other organizations to commemorate the five-year anniversary.
Once again, thank you all for your continued support!
With much appreciation,
(Backers to the Publication of Gays in the Military, please see that campaign's more expanded Update, which includes information on postcards and other rewards.)
Hello, hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Hannukah.
For the past five months I have been transcribing and editing the interviews for the GITM book, and the past month reviewing the text with the copy editor, scanning the negatives and retouching the scans, all the material has been delivered to the designer, Ursula Damm, to go to press. I never could have anticipated the amount of time that it took to transcribe over 300 hours of recorded interviews (with the help from multiple interns, chief among them Angela Cino), read anywhere from 12 to 38 pages of transcribed text for each interview and edit down to 1-4 pages of final edited transcriptions, in addition to writing my essay. I've promised myself that my next book will have mo more than two pages of text!
Over the next month or so, the proofs will be completed and reviewed by me, Ursula and publisher, and once they are approved, the press will roll. We are looking at a March 2014 publication date and planning a number of events around the publication.
First, there will be a book launch and signing at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC: March 7, 2014 to which you will all be invited. Please note the date.
Daylight will mount an exhibition of the GITM photos at their Project Space in Hillsborough, NC (near Chapel Hill and Durham) opening sometime around April 22-27, 2014. In addition the Rubenstein Library, which will house all the material from GITM as part of my archive, is planning a series of master classes, lectures and a workshop at Duke University during that week.
The Collateral Damage exhibition that was shown at the Stephen Daiter Gallery from September 2012 to January 2013 will be exhibited at the Elgin Community College Art Center in Elgin, IL in September of 2014.
Other book signings, exhibitions and events are being planned and I will update you as soon as they are confirmed.
Finally, I would like to ask you to consider looking at and supporting a Kickstarter campaign that the students of my Documentary Strategies class at Parsons The New School for Design have going on right now. They have developed and organized this Kickstarter themselves as part of a class that focuses on field work to develop a substantial collaborative project within a limited amount of time. This class provides them with "real life" experiences, including exploring a documentary project, working with graphic designers and having to fund raise for their projects. They spent the last two months photographing Towanda, PA, and conducting workshops with students at Towanda Hight School to investigate the living ecology of the town after the recent gas boom in Bradford County. They are now finalizing their work, organizing the exhibition, and working with the design students to publish a web site and poster/catalog. Please help support their hard work by donating something to their Kickstarter campaign. There are some great rewards attached. Even I have offered up one of my images from Towanda!
C,MON FEET, START MOVIN'
GOT TO GET ME THERE;
EH HEY; UH HUH;
25 MILES FROM HOME (click here)
AND 24 HOURS TO GO.
Thank you so much to those who have supported the Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me Kickstarter campaign and the publication of the book! In less than 30 days, 109 backers have contributed over 82% of the $32,500 goal. In a little more than 24 hours, we can reach the goal by donating, continuing to spread the word to family, friends and colleagues on your social networking sites - Facebook, Twitter - and emails, or by increasing your pledge.
"GAYS IN THE MILITARY IS AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT OF LGBT HISTORY" The only way to build community is to be an active part of that community of people committed to recognizing injustices and recording their history for others to see, learn and change. This project has always been about giving voice to those tens of thousands of LGBT service members and veterans who had no voice for decades. Please help to bring these voices to light so they can be heard and recognized.
"TO BE HUMAN IS TO BE FREE AND EQUAL IN RIGHTS" Sharon Sliwinski, Human Rights in Camera
A recent blog by Constantin Nimigean highlights Gays in the Military: How America Thanked Me as well as Reichen Lehmkuhl's autobiography Here’s What We’ll Say: Growing Up, Coming Out, and the U.S. Air Force