Thom Higgins, a gay rights activist and one half of the first legally married same-sex couple in America, first coined the term ‘gay pride’ in the late 1960s. The history of LGBTQ+ people is as old as the history of humanity itself, and each year countries across the globe celebrate that rich history and LGBTQ+ culture. In a world where members of the LGBTQ+ community still face persecution, it is still as important as ever to celebrate and fight for LGBTQ+ rights.
Tabitha Soren sources imagery from LGBTQ+ orientated publications to form layered and dynamic conceptual photographs. Carrie Stanley Smith captures intimate portraits that delve into notions of gender and drag culture. Oleksandr Balbyshev explores themes of male sexuality and sensuality through a style that merges elements of surrealism and pop art.