Love Wins- A Powerful Archive of LGBTQ Love Stories
Portraits and Stories to make LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual) loving relationships visible, normal, and accepted.
WE'VE RELAUNCHED // We've learned some amazing lessons from this campaign that we're taking into the next one. Please go to lovewinsportraits.com/support to help us create a beautiful book and keep our project going. Thank you in advance for backing the project!
WHY BACK THE PROJECT? // Yes, we’ve come a long way, but the sad truth is that the vast majority of us in the LGBTQ community have felt isolated, shamed and questioned whether or not we’re lovable.
There are still people all over the United States and the world who don’t understand, don’t value, and don’t support our relationships. Prejudice is very real, and there are still places in the US where couples can be shunned or attacked just for holding hands. We have to do everything in our power to change things for the better.
"IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO HATE ANYONE WHOSE STORY YOU KNOW."
By making our relationships visible and documenting couples all over the country, it’s possible to change people, and their prejudice. By really seeing who these couples are, people can change, learning to accept and love them.
We can change cultural attitudes by being seen over and over again in a positive light, helping others to understand that we're not some strange "other," that we're their brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, teachers, and neighbors- and we're awesome!
And more importantly, think about the impact we can have on LGBTQ youth. Think about the transformative power of showing them over and over that they're ok; never learning to hate themselves for who they are and who they love.
SO THAT SOMEDAY BABY GAYS AND TRANS KIDDOS WILL GROW UP SEEING IMAGES OF LOVING RELATIONSHIPS, ALWAYS KNOWING HOW AMAZING THEY ARE; THAT THEY'RE COMPLETELY LOVABLE, BEING PROUD TO BE WHO THEY ARE.
We want to start a movement, a thundering wave, to wash away the old fearful beliefs and create a fertile ground of understanding and love.
By backing our project, you’ll help us with the first step- to create an archive, a book and an exhibition - the beginning of our journey in taking Love Wins nationally and documenting loving couples across the country.
KICKSTARTER IS ALL OR NOTHING.If you decide to back the project, it's a pledge for that amount IF we reach our funding goal. So we need all the help we can get to make sure it's a success. PLEASE BACK AND SHARE WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW, if you believe Love Wins needs to exist in the world.
THE TIME IS NOW // On June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, we wanted to celebrate by giving LGBT couples the gift of a portrait. But soon after, it became clear that there was a tremendous power in creating a larger story that can serve as a historical document and provide examples of loving LGBT relationships to people all over the world. Since then, we’ve had a passion for sharing as many of these stories as possible and to give this project the platform it deserves.
After meeting and photographing our first 40 couples, Love Wins finally has the foundation it needs to grow. Not only can these portraits create acceptance by showing people what it looks like to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and married, but they also normalize our experiences by sharing our love stories to a wide and diverse audience.
From corn farmers in Iowa to famous actors in LA, we want to show America what it looks like to be LGBTQ and married throughout the entire country. Our goal is to create public exhibitions and books for all areas of the US.
But, like any project, we have to start somewhere. The first step is publishing a book of our first 40 portraits and stories, and creating an exhibition that will travel the state, starting with our debut for Pride Month in Portland.
The culmination of these portions of the project will be an event co-hosted with Basic Rights Oregon for the 1st year anniversary of LGBT marriage nationwide, June 26th, 2016!
THE EXHIBITION // We will create free-standing components with beautifully printed photographs. In addition, an excerpt from our couples' stories will be there for viewers to read. We want to have the exhibition exist in highly-trafficked public places, to bring beauty, exposure, and awareness to passersby.
THE BOOK // The finished piece will be a beautiful linen-bound hardcover book with these gorgeous portraits and stories. As a special addition, Jeana Frazzini, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon is writing a special forward in the book, locating it within Oregon's LGBTQ history. We want these to be in schools, libraries, and your home. It's a beautiful archive and educational tool, promoting acceptance and love.
REWARDS // We know that if you're supporting our project, you're doing so because you believe in what we're doing, and you want to help us make it a reality. But we want to make sure that you can take a piece of the project home no matter where you live.
*EARLY BIRDS* // We have some special treats for our early backers. We have four reward levels we're offering at a special discounted amount, as a thank you to for helping us get to our goal faster. Make sure you take a look at the sidebar on the right. Once they're gone they're gone!
BUDGET // We need to raise $25,000. We've looked at this every way, and that's the minimum we need to produce the project at the scale and quality it deserves.
What we raise here will go toward: publishing the first round of the book, creating and constructing our first exhibition, including printing our portraits, purchasing and renting production supplies to make the exhibition and promoting the project through marketing collateral.
TIMELINE // Our Kickstarter will be done before Pride Month - the one-year anniversary of the SCOTUS decision - and we'll be sending out backer rewards in August. We’re going to be super busy, but we’re excited! We need to finalize the design of the book, raise awareness about the exhibition and construct the exhibition by June. We’re also developing an educational component that allows us to reach out to the Portland Metro community about our cause.
After the Kickstarter, we will be turning Love Wins into a non-profit organization, where we can keep promoting LGBTQ visibility all over the United States!
SUPPORT US AND JOIN OUR FAMILY! // You can lend your support and social influence by backing the project and using the links above to share on Facebook and Twitter. Tell your friends and help us bring this project to life!
SPECIAL THANKS // These amazing individuals have all helped their wonderful talents to the project, and we couldn't be more grateful:
- Our Amazing Couples // Rockstars & Trailblazers
- RAAC // Your support means the world
- Prophoto Supply // For believing in us from day one. High Five Jon!
- Basic Rights Oregon // For being awesome collaborators
- Seth Ian // Video Ninja & Amazing Guy
- John Vetter // Coolest Lettering Artist Around (Swag Bag Designer)
- Theresa H. // Our Grant Writing Fairy Godmother
- Christopher Onstott // Your BTS video & stills <3<3<3
- Dawn Lynn & Shane Parrish // For your invaluable insight
- Nocturne Collective // Visualizers
- Michelle Margolin // Slinging cards :)
Risks and challenges
THE BOOK // All of our systems right now are set up for a small first-run of the book. If we need to scale up dramatically, this could be a challenge. However, we have a consultant who would be able to direct us in terms of increasing the scale of the project if this happens.
THE EXHIBITION // If booking the exhibition is in high demand, we’ll have to coordinate this accordingly. Fortunately, we have a mentor who works in museum exhibit coordination who can help us.
THE PORTRAITS // There’s a chance that many LGBTQ couples could contact us wanting to be apart of the project. If this happens, the challenge will be to delegate and schedule time for portrait sessions. That’s why we have friends at Pro Photo Supply and freelance photography connections who would be able to help us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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