In 2015, Barack Obama said,
“And the truth is that courage comes in a lot of forms. There's courage in the moment of danger, the kind our troops show in battle. There's the courage of resilience and perseverance, the kind of brave or wounded warriors. There's moral courage, of the sort we saw in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Harvey Milk, who fight for their ideals. Then, there's the kind of courage it takes to be true to yourself, even if society doesn't always accept or understand you. And nobody's got a monopoly on that kind of courage. It can come from all walks of life. And to a young boy or girl out there struggling with their own identity, the folks in this room are heroes. They've show extraordinary courage. Not only are you helping others find the strength to be true to who they are, you're helping America be true to who we are as a nation. And that's ultimately what this pride month is all about.”
Today, the battle for marriage equality has been legalized and now the battle for acceptance has started in earnest. The eight artists in this show have already taken the first step, acceptance. They have accepted who they are and try to show themselves to the world. In the face of many challenges and heartbreaks within this current political challenges they continue on even in the face of hatred and denial. Join us in this Celebration of their courage, pride, and love.
Photo Credit: Adam David Bencomo