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- Doreena + Jonathan (@j.foulk ) Doreena Wong is a badass. Pardon my savory language but it's the best way I can think to describe her impressive history of standing up for API (Asian Pacific Islander) and all LGBTQ people. I smiled as I heard her and Jonathan Foulk laughing in the background while I was setting up my camera for their portrait. When I turned around I found Doreena with her arm around Jonathan and big smiles on their faces. I thought to myself "this is who they are". Two effervescent souls. Survivors and fighters. Along side his long list of volunteering and community organizing Jonathan works for the Trevor Project (@trevorproject )which is an incredible advocacy and support organization for LGBTQ youth. His courageous story of transformation from victim to champion is heart-wrenching and an important testament to the need for appropriate oversight and care for LGBTQ young people. Having been passed from home to home in the foster care system as a child he understands the need for LGBTQ children to feel welcomed and be understood. At age 10 he was adopted by an abusive parent which forced him to run away at age 18. Jonathan later pressed charges and put this predator behind bars. His past motivates him to work for organizations that represent and protect children like him to find a sense of safety and belonging regardless of their identity. Let's use tender and brave stories like Doreena and Jonathan's to support one another and our future generations. Get to know the heroes all around you in our big diverse LGBTQ family. We come in all races, nationalities, genders, religions and ages and together we can make the world a safe place for everyone. On May 18th host or attend a #SAGEtable by clicking the link in my bio👉🏼 #TheFamiliesWeMake If you'd like to learn more about Doreena and Jonathan go to @lgbt_history.
- Doreena + Jonathan @j.foulk ) Doreena Wong is a badass. Pardon my savory language but it& #39;s the best way I can think to describe her impressive history of standing up for API (Asian Pacific Islander) and all LGBTQ people. I smiled as I heard her and Jonathan Foulk laughing in the background while I was setting up my camera for their portrait. When I turned around I found Doreena with her arm around Jonathan and big smiles on their faces. I thought to myself "this is who they are". Two effervescent souls. Survivors and fighters. Along side his long list of volunteering and community organizing Jonathan works for the Trevor Project @trevorproject )which is an incredible advocacy and support organization for LGBTQ youth. His courageous story of transformation from victim to champion is heart-wrenching and an important testament to the need for appropriate oversight and care for LGBTQ young people. Having been passed from home to home in the foster care system as a child he understands the need for LGBTQ children to feel welcomed and be understood. At age 10 he was adopted by an abusive parent which forced him to run away at age 18. Jonathan later pressed charges and put this predator behind bars. His past motivates him to work for organizations that represent and protect children like him to find a sense of safety and belonging regardless of their identity. Let& #39;s use tender and brave stories like Doreena and Jonathan& #39;s to support one another and our future generations. Get to know the heroes all around you in our big diverse LGBTQ family. We come in all races, nationalities, genders, religions and ages and together we can make the world a safe place for everyone. On May 18th host or attend a #SAGEtable by clicking the link in my bio👉🏼 #TheFamiliesWeMake If you& #39;d like to learn more about Doreena and Jonathan go to @lgbt_history.
- Doreena + Jonathan (@j.foulk ) Doreena Wong is a badass. Pardon my savory language but it's the best way I can think to describe her impressive history of standing up for API (Asian Pacific Islander) and all LGBTQ people. I smiled as I heard her and Jonathan Foulk laughing in the background while I was setting up my camera for their portrait. When I turned around I found Doreena with her arm around Jonathan and big smiles on their faces. I thought to myself "this is who they are". Two effervescent souls. Survivors and fighters. Along side his long list of volunteering and community organizing Jonathan works for the Trevor Project (@trevorproject )which is an incredible advocacy and support organization for LGBTQ youth. His courageous story of transformation from victim to champion is heart-wrenching and an important testament to the need for appropriate oversight and care for LGBTQ young people. Having been passed from home to home in the foster care system as a child he understands the need for LGBTQ children to feel welcomed and be understood. At age 10 he was adopted by an abusive parent which forced him to run away at age 18. Jonathan later pressed charges and put this predator behind bars. His past motivates him to work for organizations that represent and protect children like him to find a sense of safety and belonging regardless of their identity. Let's use tender and brave stories like Doreena and Jonathan's to support one another and our future generations. Get to know the heroes all around you in our big diverse LGBTQ family. We come in all races, nationalities, genders, religions and ages and together we can make the world a safe place for everyone. On May 18th host or attend a #SAGEtable by clicking the link in my bio👉🏼 #TheFamiliesWeMake If you'd like to learn more about Doreena and Jonathan go to @lgbt_history.
- Cathy and Adam are activists from two different generations fighting passionately for the same cause. Cathy Marino-Thomas (@cathymarinothomas )has been out and an LGBTQ activist since 1978 taking her all the way to co-president of Marriage Equality USA until marriage equality was recognized federally through the Supreme Court in 2013. Adam Eli (@adameli ) is a young social media personality and activist who speaks all the latest lingo and knows exactly how to connect with millennials and gen Z. Together these two have been able to make great strides for Gays Against Guns (@gaysagainstgunsny ) and also a friendship has blossomed. It started with Adam telling Cathy he knows all things digital but doesn't know how to get a permit to protest. These types of partnerships build a stronger and safer community, family and tomorrow. Learn how you can do the same by going to SAGEtable.org or click the link in my bio. If you'd like to learn more about Cathy and Adam go to @lgbt_history #SAGEtable #TheFamiliesWeMake
- Cathy and Adam are activists from two different generations fighting passionately for the same cause. Cathy Marino-Thomas @cathymarinothomas )has been out and an LGBTQ activist since 1978 taking her all the way to co-president of Marriage Equality USA until marriage equality was recognized federally through the Supreme Court in 2013. Adam Eli @adameli ) is a young social media personality and activist who speaks all the latest lingo and knows exactly how to connect with millennials and gen Z. Together these two have been able to make great strides for Gays Against Guns @gaysagainstgunsny ) and also a friendship has blossomed. It started with Adam telling Cathy he knows all things digital but doesn& #39;t know how to get a permit to protest. These types of partnerships build a stronger and safer community, family and tomorrow. Learn how you can do the same by going to SAGEtable.org or click the link in my bio. If you& #39;d like to learn more about Cathy and Adam go to @lgbt_history #SAGEtable #TheFamiliesWeMake
- Cathy and Adam are activists from two different generations fighting passionately for the same cause. Cathy Marino-Thomas (@cathymarinothomas )has been out and an LGBTQ activist since 1978 taking her all the way to co-president of Marriage Equality USA until marriage equality was recognized federally through the Supreme Court in 2013. Adam Eli (@adameli ) is a young social media personality and activist who speaks all the latest lingo and knows exactly how to connect with millennials and gen Z. Together these two have been able to make great strides for Gays Against Guns (@gaysagainstgunsny ) and also a friendship has blossomed. It started with Adam telling Cathy he knows all things digital but doesn't know how to get a permit to protest. These types of partnerships build a stronger and safer community, family and tomorrow. Learn how you can do the same by going to SAGEtable.org or click the link in my bio. If you'd like to learn more about Cathy and Adam go to @lgbt_history #SAGEtable #TheFamiliesWeMake
- #TheFamiliesWeMake Photographing Rita Gonzalez and Amber Wittington (@amberscloset) was my last shoot of the day in LA and the perfect sum of what #SAGEtable is. After introductions and explaining this project, Rita and Amber began to talk about their work in LGBTQ activism. The conversation quickly evolved into finding all kinds of similarities and opportunities for collaboration in their professions. Rita's extensive experience in sound production from her radio show and podcast perfectly complimented Amber's fashion blogging/ vlogging and video production. I watched both proud lesbians of color sharing their knowledge across the skill sets of their respective generations and thought "I need this in my life". Really we all need this in our lives! We need family, but for some reason we we all live right by each other with this construct of "what age is" dividing us. Break down the wall and meet your LGBTQ family by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable. Click the link in my bio now 👉🏼 To learn more about Rita and Amber go to @lgbt_history ❤️
- #TheFamiliesWeMake Photographing Rita Gonzalez and Amber Wittington @amberscloset ) was my last shoot of the day in LA and the perfect sum of what #SAGEtable is. After introductions and explaining this project, Rita and Amber began to talk about their work in LGBTQ activism. The conversation quickly evolved into finding all kinds of similarities and opportunities for collaboration in their professions. Rita& #39;s extensive experience in sound production from her radio show and podcast perfectly complimented Amber& #39;s fashion blogging/ vlogging and video production. I watched both proud lesbians of color sharing their knowledge across the skill sets of their respective generations and thought "I need this in my life". Really we all need this in our lives! We need family, but for some reason we we all live right by each other with this construct of "what age is" dividing us. Break down the wall and meet your LGBTQ family by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable . Click the link in my bio now 👉🏼 To learn more about Rita and Amber go to @lgbt_history ❤️
- #TheFamiliesWeMake Photographing Rita Gonzalez and Amber Wittington (@amberscloset) was my last shoot of the day in LA and the perfect sum of what #SAGEtable is. After introductions and explaining this project, Rita and Amber began to talk about their work in LGBTQ activism. The conversation quickly evolved into finding all kinds of similarities and opportunities for collaboration in their professions. Rita's extensive experience in sound production from her radio show and podcast perfectly complimented Amber's fashion blogging/ vlogging and video production. I watched both proud lesbians of color sharing their knowledge across the skill sets of their respective generations and thought "I need this in my life". Really we all need this in our lives! We need family, but for some reason we we all live right by each other with this construct of "what age is" dividing us. Break down the wall and meet your LGBTQ family by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable. Click the link in my bio now 👉🏼 To learn more about Rita and Amber go to @lgbt_history ❤️
- "The Families We Make" As a young trans woman in New York City, Cecilia Gentili turned to her trans "mother" for support and at times brutally honest advice for navigating the dangerous and uncharted waters that was their lives. NYC has been a settling place for trans people for decades but that doesn't mean it has been friendly. During the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s, trans women battled the risks of HIV/ AIDS while routinely pushed into a world of drugs and violence. It was common for trans women who turned to sex work (often from a lack of other opportunities for an occupation) to suddenly disappear. Today there are still many unique discriminatory, dangerous and disadvantaged scenarios trans people face even in "progressive" environments. Having worked with many LGBTQ and HIV/ AIDS related organizations, Cecilia is now the director of public affairs at GMHC and the "mother" of Gogo Graham. Gogo is a designer and artist whose work focuses on normalizing the diversity in trans and gender non-conforming bodies. Together these women share something I, and many others, feel the LGBTQ community at large is lacking. They recognize their strengths and vulnerabilities and support each other in familial way. This is what our community needs. And in this political climate this is what our country needs. This is how we find the strength to keep moving forward. Reach across the generations and meet your LGBTQ family by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable on May 18th. 👉🏼click the link in bio to learn how👉🏼 Also go to @lgbt_history to learn more about Cecilia and Gogo. ❤️#TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" As a young trans woman in New York City, Cecilia Gentili turned to her trans "mother" for support and at times brutally honest advice for navigating the dangerous and uncharted waters that was their lives. NYC has been a settling place for trans people for decades but that doesn& #39;t mean it has been friendly. During the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s, trans women battled the risks of HIV/ AIDS while routinely pushed into a world of drugs and violence. It was common for trans women who turned to sex work (often from a lack of other opportunities for an occupation) to suddenly disappear. Today there are still many unique discriminatory, dangerous and disadvantaged scenarios trans people face even in "progressive" environments. Having worked with many LGBTQ and HIV/ AIDS related organizations, Cecilia is now the director of public affairs at GMHC and the "mother" of Gogo Graham. Gogo is a designer and artist whose work focuses on normalizing the diversity in trans and gender non-conforming bodies. Together these women share something I, and many others, feel the LGBTQ community at large is lacking. They recognize their strengths and vulnerabilities and support each other in familial way. This is what our community needs. And in this political climate this is what our country needs. This is how we find the strength to keep moving forward. Reach across the generations and meet your LGBTQ family by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable on May 18th. 👉🏼click the link in bio to learn how👉🏼 Also go to @lgbt_history to learn more about Cecilia and Gogo. ❤ #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" As a young trans woman in New York City, Cecilia Gentili turned to her trans "mother" for support and at times brutally honest advice for navigating the dangerous and uncharted waters that was their lives. NYC has been a settling place for trans people for decades but that doesn't mean it has been friendly. During the AIDS crisis of the 80s and 90s, trans women battled the risks of HIV/ AIDS while routinely pushed into a world of drugs and violence. It was common for trans women who turned to sex work (often from a lack of other opportunities for an occupation) to suddenly disappear. Today there are still many unique discriminatory, dangerous and disadvantaged scenarios trans people face even in "progressive" environments. Having worked with many LGBTQ and HIV/ AIDS related organizations, Cecilia is now the director of public affairs at GMHC and the "mother" of Gogo Graham. Gogo is a designer and artist whose work focuses on normalizing the diversity in trans and gender non-conforming bodies. Together these women share something I, and many others, feel the LGBTQ community at large is lacking. They recognize their strengths and vulnerabilities and support each other in familial way. This is what our community needs. And in this political climate this is what our country needs. This is how we find the strength to keep moving forward. Reach across the generations and meet your LGBTQ family by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable on May 18th. 👉🏼click the link in bio to learn how👉🏼 Also go to @lgbt_history to learn more about Cecilia and Gogo. ❤️#TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" I first met Jenny Pizer on the phone in a conversation with her, her wife Doreena, @mh0ffman and I in march. In 20 minutes Jenny made more happen for this series than I had in the previous 3 weeks. That's who Jenny is. A "go getter", community organizer and sharp AF. As an accomplished attorney and senior council member at Lambda Legal she has tirelessly fought for LGBTQ+ marriage, employment, healthcare and education equality. Recently Jenny has shifted her focus to protecting LGBTQ+ people from the deceptive and damaging discriminatory intentions disguised as religious freedoms by rebranded hate groups and lawmakers who toe the line. This quest to protect us from discrimination masked as religion led Jenny to meet Chase Haslam, an SF based, ex-mormon, gay Lawyer whose past has lead him to use his expertise for LGBTQ+ justice in many capacities.  As a gay ex mormon myself, it gave me hope to see these two intellectuals working together to protect people that come from circumstances I can relate to.  Jenny and Chase help give young LGBTQ+ people a voice and life to look forward to instead of a dead end of self loathing, "conversion" therapy and lies. We need their example, we need their stories and I thank them for everything they've done.  To learn more about Jenny and Chase go to @lgbt_history . If you'd like to meet people like Jenny and Chase, they are all around you, in all genders, races, creeds and generations. You just need to sit down, break bread and get to know our big LGBTQ family! Go to http://sagetable.org or click the link in my profile and host or attend a #SAGEtable near you. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" I first met Jenny Pizer on the phone in a conversation with her, her wife Doreena, @mh0ffman and I in march. In 20 minutes Jenny made more happen for this series than I had in the previous 3 weeks. That& #39;s who Jenny is. A "go getter", community organizer and sharp AF. As an accomplished attorney and senior council member at Lambda Legal she has tirelessly fought for LGBTQ+ marriage, employment, healthcare and education equality. Recently Jenny has shifted her focus to protecting LGBTQ+ people from the deceptive and damaging discriminatory intentions disguised as religious freedoms by rebranded hate groups and lawmakers who toe the line. This quest to protect us from discrimination masked as religion led Jenny to meet Chase Haslam, an SF based, ex-mormon, gay Lawyer whose past has lead him to use his expertise for LGBTQ+ justice in many capacities.  As a gay ex mormon myself, it gave me hope to see these two intellectuals working together to protect people that come from circumstances I can relate to.  Jenny and Chase help give young LGBTQ+ people a voice and life to look forward to instead of a dead end of self loathing, "conversion" therapy and lies. We need their example, we need their stories and I thank them for everything they& #39;ve done.  To learn more about Jenny and Chase go to @lgbt_history . If you& #39;d like to meet people like Jenny and Chase, they are all around you, in all genders, races, creeds and generations. You just need to sit down, break bread and get to know our big LGBTQ family! Go to http://sagetable.org or click the link in my profile and host or attend a #SAGEtable near you. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" I first met Jenny Pizer on the phone in a conversation with her, her wife Doreena, @mh0ffman and I in march. In 20 minutes Jenny made more happen for this series than I had in the previous 3 weeks. That's who Jenny is. A "go getter", community organizer and sharp AF. As an accomplished attorney and senior council member at Lambda Legal she has tirelessly fought for LGBTQ+ marriage, employment, healthcare and education equality. Recently Jenny has shifted her focus to protecting LGBTQ+ people from the deceptive and damaging discriminatory intentions disguised as religious freedoms by rebranded hate groups and lawmakers who toe the line. This quest to protect us from discrimination masked as religion led Jenny to meet Chase Haslam, an SF based, ex-mormon, gay Lawyer whose past has lead him to use his expertise for LGBTQ+ justice in many capacities.  As a gay ex mormon myself, it gave me hope to see these two intellectuals working together to protect people that come from circumstances I can relate to.  Jenny and Chase help give young LGBTQ+ people a voice and life to look forward to instead of a dead end of self loathing, "conversion" therapy and lies. We need their example, we need their stories and I thank them for everything they've done.  To learn more about Jenny and Chase go to @lgbt_history . If you'd like to meet people like Jenny and Chase, they are all around you, in all genders, races, creeds and generations. You just need to sit down, break bread and get to know our big LGBTQ family! Go to http://sagetable.org or click the link in my profile and host or attend a #SAGEtable near you. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" Brent Nicholson Earle is a name that should be said with gratitude from every queer mouth in this country. When gay men were dying by the thousands he helped organize ACT UP. When our community was feeling helpless and silenced he literally ran around the country (over 9000 miles) on foot to force media attention and support for the AIDS epidemic. His visibility and charm helped shape the national conversation for AIDS in the LGBTQ community and unify the isolated fringes of people devastated by it. When he had nothing left to save his friends he soldiered on foot for everyone. It was only appropriate that @mh0fman , @lgbt_history and I photograph him with another great fighter, Amir Ashour (@amirlemina ) As a gay Iraqi man, Amir created the first LGBTQ organization in Iraq and serves to claim and protect rights of all LGBTQ+ people. I first met Amir through my photo collaboration w/ @Logotv for the United Nations LGBTQ summit "Dear Mr Trump". These two heroes understand sacrifice and perseverance in way that I would dare to say most millennial and generation Z Americans cannot comprehend. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Meet your LGBTQ+ family, pioneers and heroes by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable on May 18th. 👉🏼 click the link in my bio now 👉🏼 For more information about Brent and Amir go to @lgbt_history ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" Brent Nicholson Earle is a name that should be said with gratitude from every queer mouth in this country. When gay men were dying by the thousands he helped organize ACT UP. When our community was feeling helpless and silenced he literally ran around the country (over 9000 miles) on foot to force media attention and support for the AIDS epidemic. His visibility and charm helped shape the national conversation for AIDS in the LGBTQ community and unify the isolated fringes of people devastated by it. When he had nothing left to save his friends he soldiered on foot for everyone. It was only appropriate that @mh0fman , @lgbt_history and I photograph him with another great fighter, Amir Ashour @amirlemina ) As a gay Iraqi man, Amir created the first LGBTQ organization in Iraq and serves to claim and protect rights of all LGBTQ+ people. I first met Amir through my photo collaboration w/ @Logotv for the United Nations LGBTQ summit "Dear Mr Trump". These two heroes understand sacrifice and perseverance in way that I would dare to say most millennial and generation Z Americans cannot comprehend. But that doesn& #39;t mean we shouldn& #39;t try. Meet your LGBTQ+ family, pioneers and heroes by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable on May 18th. 👉🏼 click the link in my bio now 👉🏼 For more information about Brent and Amir go to @lgbt_history ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" Brent Nicholson Earle is a name that should be said with gratitude from every queer mouth in this country. When gay men were dying by the thousands he helped organize ACT UP. When our community was feeling helpless and silenced he literally ran around the country (over 9000 miles) on foot to force media attention and support for the AIDS epidemic. His visibility and charm helped shape the national conversation for AIDS in the LGBTQ community and unify the isolated fringes of people devastated by it. When he had nothing left to save his friends he soldiered on foot for everyone. It was only appropriate that @mh0fman , @lgbt_history and I photograph him with another great fighter, Amir Ashour (@amirlemina ) As a gay Iraqi man, Amir created the first LGBTQ organization in Iraq and serves to claim and protect rights of all LGBTQ+ people. I first met Amir through my photo collaboration w/ @Logotv for the United Nations LGBTQ summit "Dear Mr Trump". These two heroes understand sacrifice and perseverance in way that I would dare to say most millennial and generation Z Americans cannot comprehend. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try. Meet your LGBTQ+ family, pioneers and heroes by hosting or attending a #SAGEtable on May 18th. 👉🏼 click the link in my bio now 👉🏼 For more information about Brent and Amir go to @lgbt_history ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #TheFamiliesWeMake
- Ivy + Tracey On Ivy Bottini's seemingly endless list of accomplishments: the founding of the National Organization for Women's NY chapter, co-founding of AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing in LA. The list really makes my jaw drop and warms my heart. Ivy is a true pioneer and not just to women and lesbians like her, she has championed protections and progress for all facets of the LGBTQ community so young activists like @teewhyzee could carry the torch. I had the pleasure of talking and photographing Ivy over breakfast at a cafe in West Hollywood (a city at the forefront of LGBTQ rights largely because of Ivy) l, Lynn Harris Ballen (not shown) and Tracy Zhao. Before we talk about Tracy I want to thank Lynn for coordinating with Ivy, @mh0fman, @lgbt_history and I to make this photo happen. It would also be ungrateful not to mention Lynn's late wife and legendary activist Jeanne Cordova who bravely fought for our rights for decades often along side Ivy and whose efforts led @lgbt_history to find Lynn, which truly made this photo and experience possible. Tracy is a perfect example of progress and promise for young API bisexual women. She is a community organizer known and praised by many seasoned activists in the LA area and she greats you with a big smile. I will forever hold dear the moment Ivy, Tracy, Lynn, Jeanne's presence and I sat around a table in West Hollywood and dreamed of a better world. Get to know your LGBTQ heroes host or attend a #SAGEtable on May 18th!
- Ivy + Tracey On Ivy Bottini& #39;s seemingly endless list of accomplishments: the founding of the National Organization for Women& #39;s NY chapter, co-founding of AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing in LA. The list really makes my jaw drop and warms my heart. Ivy is a true pioneer and not just to women and lesbians like her, she has championed protections and progress for all facets of the LGBTQ community so young activists like @teewhyzee could carry the torch. I had the pleasure of talking and photographing Ivy over breakfast at a cafe in West Hollywood (a city at the forefront of LGBTQ rights largely because of Ivy) l, Lynn Harris Ballen (not shown) and Tracy Zhao. Before we talk about Tracy I want to thank Lynn for coordinating with Ivy, @mh0fman , @lgbt_history and I to make this photo happen. It would also be ungrateful not to mention Lynn& #39;s late wife and legendary activist Jeanne Cordova who bravely fought for our rights for decades often along side Ivy and whose efforts led @lgbt_history to find Lynn, which truly made this photo and experience possible. Tracy is a perfect example of progress and promise for young API bisexual women. She is a community organizer known and praised by many seasoned activists in the LA area and she greats you with a big smile. I will forever hold dear the moment Ivy, Tracy, Lynn, Jeanne& #39;s presence and I sat around a table in West Hollywood and dreamed of a better world. Get to know your LGBTQ heroes host or attend a #SAGEtable on May 18th!
- Ivy + Tracey On Ivy Bottini's seemingly endless list of accomplishments: the founding of the National Organization for Women's NY chapter, co-founding of AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing in LA. The list really makes my jaw drop and warms my heart. Ivy is a true pioneer and not just to women and lesbians like her, she has championed protections and progress for all facets of the LGBTQ community so young activists like @teewhyzee could carry the torch. I had the pleasure of talking and photographing Ivy over breakfast at a cafe in West Hollywood (a city at the forefront of LGBTQ rights largely because of Ivy) l, Lynn Harris Ballen (not shown) and Tracy Zhao. Before we talk about Tracy I want to thank Lynn for coordinating with Ivy, @mh0fman, @lgbt_history and I to make this photo happen. It would also be ungrateful not to mention Lynn's late wife and legendary activist Jeanne Cordova who bravely fought for our rights for decades often along side Ivy and whose efforts led @lgbt_history to find Lynn, which truly made this photo and experience possible. Tracy is a perfect example of progress and promise for young API bisexual women. She is a community organizer known and praised by many seasoned activists in the LA area and she greats you with a big smile. I will forever hold dear the moment Ivy, Tracy, Lynn, Jeanne's presence and I sat around a table in West Hollywood and dreamed of a better world. Get to know your LGBTQ heroes host or attend a #SAGEtable on May 18th!
- "The Families We Make" Eric Marcus (@makinggayhistorypodcast )is a treasure to the LGBTQ+ community and anyone desiring to learn about it. His Book and pod cast series "Making Gay History" have not only shared but also stressed the importance of archiving LGBTQ+ stories across the country. He's an inspiration to so many and to an artist and story teller such as myself. It only seemed fitting to pair him with two engaged (👏🏼)queens (@brown.leighton + @matthew.riemer) that I believe changed the LGBTQ digital landscape for good with their sensational Instagram account @lgbt_history. The three of them are activists and change makers if only for the rich and important history they share with detail and painstaking care. Unfortunately our history is not part of most school's history curriculum but because of these three, it is accessible even in remote corners of the world. Having grown up gay and mormon in Alaska, I'm familiar with the struggle to find and value of learning about people you can relate to. It can save a life. @mh0ffman recalls "In the hour that we were there, the 5 of us had tears streaming down our faces as we discussed the difficult time we had identifying living gay male activists of the past. So many of them were no longer with us. Eric’s strength and persistence in making sure their stories are and will forever be heard was moving and motivating. This is exactly what this series is about. Sharing stories and learning from one another.” Meet your big queer family! Host or attend a #SAGEtable 👉🏼click the link in my bio for more info 👉🏼 To learn more about these three heroes go to @lgbt_history
- "The Families We Make" Eric Marcus @makinggayhistorypodcast )is a treasure to the LGBTQ+ community and anyone desiring to learn about it. His Book and pod cast series "Making Gay History" have not only shared but also stressed the importance of archiving LGBTQ+ stories across the country. He& #39;s an inspiration to so many and to an artist and story teller such as myself. It only seemed fitting to pair him with two engaged (👏🏼)queens @brown.leighton + @matthew.riemer ) that I believe changed the LGBTQ digital landscape for good with their sensational Instagram account @lgbt_history. The three of them are activists and change makers if only for the rich and important history they share with detail and painstaking care. Unfortunately our history is not part of most school& #39;s history curriculum but because of these three, it is accessible even in remote corners of the world. Having grown up gay and mormon in Alaska, I& #39;m familiar with the struggle to find and value of learning about people you can relate to. It can save a life. @mh0ffman recalls "In the hour that we were there, the 5 of us had tears streaming down our faces as we discussed the difficult time we had identifying living gay male activists of the past. So many of them were no longer with us. Eric’s strength and persistence in making sure their stories are and will forever be heard was moving and motivating. This is exactly what this series is about. Sharing stories and learning from one another.” Meet your big queer family! Host or attend a #SAGEtable 👉🏼click the link in my bio for more info 👉🏼 To learn more about these three heroes go to @lgbt_history
- "The Families We Make" Eric Marcus (@makinggayhistorypodcast )is a treasure to the LGBTQ+ community and anyone desiring to learn about it. His Book and pod cast series "Making Gay History" have not only shared but also stressed the importance of archiving LGBTQ+ stories across the country. He's an inspiration to so many and to an artist and story teller such as myself. It only seemed fitting to pair him with two engaged (👏🏼)queens (@brown.leighton + @matthew.riemer) that I believe changed the LGBTQ digital landscape for good with their sensational Instagram account @lgbt_history. The three of them are activists and change makers if only for the rich and important history they share with detail and painstaking care. Unfortunately our history is not part of most school's history curriculum but because of these three, it is accessible even in remote corners of the world. Having grown up gay and mormon in Alaska, I'm familiar with the struggle to find and value of learning about people you can relate to. It can save a life. @mh0ffman recalls "In the hour that we were there, the 5 of us had tears streaming down our faces as we discussed the difficult time we had identifying living gay male activists of the past. So many of them were no longer with us. Eric’s strength and persistence in making sure their stories are and will forever be heard was moving and motivating. This is exactly what this series is about. Sharing stories and learning from one another.” Meet your big queer family! Host or attend a #SAGEtable 👉🏼click the link in my bio for more info 👉🏼 To learn more about these three heroes go to @lgbt_history
- "The Families We Make" When I arrived at Gwenn Craig's home in the Bay Area I didn't want to leave. She was so warm and inviting it was was hard to imagine her as the same Gwenn that fought along side Harvey Milk on the front lines of our movement. Her list of accomplishments is long and eye opening so I encourage you to read about them on @lgbt_history's page. I introduced her to Subhi Nahas who @mh0ffman, @lgbt_history and I paired her with for their portrait and I watched her politely and lovingly converse about their pasts. Subhi, a gay Syrian refuge who was forced to acquaint himself with hell and sacrifice on his journey as an activist and immigrant, was humble and kind. It wasn't until we set them up for their portrait that I really "saw" all of them. Suddenly they were regal. They had experience, compassion and confidence in their eyes and for a moment I went silent as I witnessed it. These are the qualities great people turn to for resilience. They had every reason to either brag or be bitter but they were an embrace of positivity that I for one am so grateful for. There are so many rich stories like Gwenn and Subhi's out there waiting for us if we just take the time to listen. On May 18th host or attend a #SAGEtable and get to know this big LGBTQ+ family of ours. Click the link in my bio to learn more👉🏼 Also go to @lgbt_history for more about these two heroes. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" When I arrived at Gwenn Craig& #39;s home in the Bay Area I didn& #39;t want to leave. She was so warm and inviting it was was hard to imagine her as the same Gwenn that fought along side Harvey Milk on the front lines of our movement. Her list of accomplishments is long and eye opening so I encourage you to read about them on @lgbt_history & #39;s page. I introduced her to Subhi Nahas who @mh0ffman , @lgbt_history and I paired her with for their portrait and I watched her politely and lovingly converse about their pasts. Subhi, a gay Syrian refuge who was forced to acquaint himself with hell and sacrifice on his journey as an activist and immigrant, was humble and kind. It wasn& #39;t until we set them up for their portrait that I really "saw" all of them. Suddenly they were regal. They had experience, compassion and confidence in their eyes and for a moment I went silent as I witnessed it. These are the qualities great people turn to for resilience. They had every reason to either brag or be bitter but they were an embrace of positivity that I for one am so grateful for. There are so many rich stories like Gwenn and Subhi& #39;s out there waiting for us if we just take the time to listen. On May 18th host or attend a #SAGEtable and get to know this big LGBTQ+ family of ours. Click the link in my bio to learn more👉🏼 Also go to @lgbt_history for more about these two heroes. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- "The Families We Make" When I arrived at Gwenn Craig's home in the Bay Area I didn't want to leave. She was so warm and inviting it was was hard to imagine her as the same Gwenn that fought along side Harvey Milk on the front lines of our movement. Her list of accomplishments is long and eye opening so I encourage you to read about them on @lgbt_history's page. I introduced her to Subhi Nahas who @mh0ffman, @lgbt_history and I paired her with for their portrait and I watched her politely and lovingly converse about their pasts. Subhi, a gay Syrian refuge who was forced to acquaint himself with hell and sacrifice on his journey as an activist and immigrant, was humble and kind. It wasn't until we set them up for their portrait that I really "saw" all of them. Suddenly they were regal. They had experience, compassion and confidence in their eyes and for a moment I went silent as I witnessed it. These are the qualities great people turn to for resilience. They had every reason to either brag or be bitter but they were an embrace of positivity that I for one am so grateful for. There are so many rich stories like Gwenn and Subhi's out there waiting for us if we just take the time to listen. On May 18th host or attend a #SAGEtable and get to know this big LGBTQ+ family of ours. Click the link in my bio to learn more👉🏼 Also go to @lgbt_history for more about these two heroes. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- Bamby and Jacob "The Families We Make" I'll never forget walking into Bamby's (@labamby) home in LA and being greeted by her beautiful smile framed by the shelves of awards behind her. She is the warrior princess of trans and trans Latin rights and she had the receipts to prove it glistening in her living room. Jacob Tobia (@jacobtobia ) arrived shortly after my arrival and we all sat down to talk about the photo project. Bambi is a proud trans Latin woman and Jacob is a millennial ambassador for nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming people. The two of them together were not only powerful and inspiring but also a whole lot of fun. After explaining the mission of #SAGEtable and the need for our LGBTQ family to come together across generations, they immediately began to plan how they'd participate. To find out how you can break bread and start conversations across generations GO TO 👉🏼SAGEtable.org or clink the link in my profile. To learn more about @LAbamby and @Jacobtobia go to @lgbt_history. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- Bamby and Jacob "The Families We Make" I& #39;ll never forget walking into Bamby& #39;s @labamby ) home in LA and being greeted by her beautiful smile framed by the shelves of awards behind her. She is the warrior princess of trans and trans Latin rights and she had the receipts to prove it glistening in her living room. Jacob Tobia @jacobtobia ) arrived shortly after my arrival and we all sat down to talk about the photo project. Bambi is a proud trans Latin woman and Jacob is a millennial ambassador for nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming people. The two of them together were not only powerful and inspiring but also a whole lot of fun. After explaining the mission of #SAGEtable and the need for our LGBTQ family to come together across generations, they immediately began to plan how they& #39;d participate. To find out how you can break bread and start conversations across generations GO TO 👉🏼SAGEtable.org or clink the link in my profile. To learn more about @LAbamby and @Jacobtobia go to @lgbt_history. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- Bamby and Jacob "The Families We Make" I'll never forget walking into Bamby's (@labamby) home in LA and being greeted by her beautiful smile framed by the shelves of awards behind her. She is the warrior princess of trans and trans Latin rights and she had the receipts to prove it glistening in her living room. Jacob Tobia (@jacobtobia ) arrived shortly after my arrival and we all sat down to talk about the photo project. Bambi is a proud trans Latin woman and Jacob is a millennial ambassador for nonbinary, genderqueer, and gender nonconforming people. The two of them together were not only powerful and inspiring but also a whole lot of fun. After explaining the mission of #SAGEtable and the need for our LGBTQ family to come together across generations, they immediately began to plan how they'd participate. To find out how you can break bread and start conversations across generations GO TO 👉🏼SAGEtable.org or clink the link in my profile. To learn more about @LAbamby and @Jacobtobia go to @lgbt_history. #TheFamiliesWeMake
- For the last 6 months I've been leaving teasers here and there about a big project with @SAGEusa Well after months of sprinting across airport terminals, making countless late night calls and forming incredible bonding experiences with heroes I had only read about, @lgbt_history, @mh0fman and I are happy to share with you "The Families We Make" - a photo series promoting #SAGEtables aiming to bridge the generational gap in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people come in all races, genders, religions and ages and with todays' current political turbulence we must come together as one big family to preserve and continue our progress for universal equality. Working on this project has taught me that our community's pioneers and heroes are a wealth of knowledge and compassion that younger generations can learn from. The people that originated our movement are too often forgotten while we enjoy the benefits of their sacrifices. You and I can make a difference simply by sitting down with someone of another generation and having a conversation. Here we have Edie Windsor (@windsoredie ) whose Supreme Court case (U.S. v Windsor) struck down The Defense of marriage act and paved the way for national marriage equality. Next to her sits Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun )whose LGBTQ activism and social media presence has led him to meetings with president Obama. Watching these two champions of our movement bond in front of my lens was both intellectually and emotionally inspiring time. Within a few moments of being welcomed into Edie's home, we were talking about the important work of @SAGEUSA and hugging it out. I must have laughed and cried a dozen times. I think I can safely speak for Raymond and Edie when I say it was a beautiful experience. We need moments like these in our lives. Go meet your heroes. Go meet your family. In our community we can build our family how ever we want to. Click the link in my bio and learn how to host or attend a #SAGEtable near you. If you'd like to learn more about Edie and Raymond visit @lgbt_history and read their post. ❤️❤️❤️ #TheFamiliesWeMake
- For the last 6 months I& #39;ve been leaving teasers here and there about a big project with @SAGEusa Well after months of sprinting across airport terminals, making countless late night calls and forming incredible bonding experiences with heroes I had only read about, @lgbt_history , @mh0fman and I are happy to share with you "The Families We Make" - a photo series promoting #SAGEtables aiming to bridge the generational gap in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people come in all races, genders, religions and ages and with todays& #39; current political turbulence we must come together as one big family to preserve and continue our progress for universal equality. Working on this project has taught me that our community& #39;s pioneers and heroes are a wealth of knowledge and compassion that younger generations can learn from. The people that originated our movement are too often forgotten while we enjoy the benefits of their sacrifices. You and I can make a difference simply by sitting down with someone of another generation and having a conversation. Here we have Edie Windsor @windsoredie ) whose Supreme Court case (U.S. v Windsor) struck down The Defense of marriage act and paved the way for national marriage equality. Next to her sits Raymond Braun @raymondbraun )whose LGBTQ activism and social media presence has led him to meetings with president Obama. Watching these two champions of our movement bond in front of my lens was both intellectually and emotionally inspiring time. Within a few moments of being welcomed into Edie& #39;s home, we were talking about the important work of @SAGEUSA and hugging it out. I must have laughed and cried a dozen times. I think I can safely speak for Raymond and Edie when I say it was a beautiful experience. We need moments like these in our lives. Go meet your heroes. Go meet your family. In our community we can build our family how ever we want to. Click the link in my bio and learn how to host or attend a #SAGEtable near you. If you& #39;d like to learn more about Edie and Raymond visit @lgbt_history and read their post. ❤️❤️❤️ #TheFamiliesWeMake
- For the last 6 months I've been leaving teasers here and there about a big project with @SAGEusa Well after months of sprinting across airport terminals, making countless late night calls and forming incredible bonding experiences with heroes I had only read about, @lgbt_history, @mh0fman and I are happy to share with you "The Families We Make" - a photo series promoting #SAGEtables aiming to bridge the generational gap in the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ people come in all races, genders, religions and ages and with todays' current political turbulence we must come together as one big family to preserve and continue our progress for universal equality. Working on this project has taught me that our community's pioneers and heroes are a wealth of knowledge and compassion that younger generations can learn from. The people that originated our movement are too often forgotten while we enjoy the benefits of their sacrifices. You and I can make a difference simply by sitting down with someone of another generation and having a conversation. Here we have Edie Windsor (@windsoredie ) whose Supreme Court case (U.S. v Windsor) struck down The Defense of marriage act and paved the way for national marriage equality. Next to her sits Raymond Braun (@raymondbraun )whose LGBTQ activism and social media presence has led him to meetings with president Obama. Watching these two champions of our movement bond in front of my lens was both intellectually and emotionally inspiring time. Within a few moments of being welcomed into Edie's home, we were talking about the important work of @SAGEUSA and hugging it out. I must have laughed and cried a dozen times. I think I can safely speak for Raymond and Edie when I say it was a beautiful experience. We need moments like these in our lives. Go meet your heroes. Go meet your family. In our community we can build our family how ever we want to. Click the link in my bio and learn how to host or attend a #SAGEtable near you. If you'd like to learn more about Edie and Raymond visit @lgbt_history and read their post. ❤️❤️❤️ #TheFamiliesWeMake

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