To create their family of four, Mel and Vanessa Roy each became pregnant and gave birth about a year apart. When taking their keepsake photos, the couple had the sweet idea to stage them as almost mirror images of each other, posing for the same kiss on the beach and swapping outfits from the first to second pregnancy. After their second child was born earlier this year, they put the photos side-by-side and posted them online to share with close family and friends.
Where homosexuality between men was illegal, actively hunted and punishable by a prison sentence, lesbianism was just sort of… ignored. While being ignored is better than being hunted, it still meant that real and important romantic relationships were kept in the shadows and not recognised at being equally valid. Which is why photos, like this collection of photos of women in same-sex relationships from the 19th and 20th century, are so important.
Steph Grant Photography. Amanda came out at 21 after drinking a bottle of wine at her college graduation. She told her friends she was a lesbian and apparently none of them were shocked.
I really threw myself into Herstory Monthin June, eating every accessible herstory archive on the internet and spending hours in the library, accumulating massive stacks of borrowed books which I stored at the foot of my bed. My girlfriend was not a big fan of the stacks of books at the foot of the bed. I was looking for words but eventually, also, for pictures.
Four years ago, at a bar in Brooklyn, I cried a few drunken, happy tears watching soccer titan Abby Wambach, fresh off a World Cup win, run ecstatically toward the stands to kiss her then-wife, Sarah Huffman. Wambach, one of the best players of all time, would be retiring from the game with a 5—2 win over Japan and yet another coveted title under her belt. For one thing, a lot of the players look like the kinds of hot mean girls with ponytails who both intimidated and titillated me in my closeted youth.
It included JEB and others like her. At once pedagogical, political and practical — JEB typically paired her slide show with workshops — the show offered new ways of looking and of being seen. She never made photographs with gallery walls in mind.
Last month, the Indian government cleared a bill to ban commercial surrogacy aimed at barring foreigners, people of Indian origin, couples with kids, live-in partners, single parents and homosexuals from having children through the rent-a-womb service. It is against our ethos. So what is it like to be a homosexual in India?