Photographer Laurence Rasti’s “There Are No Homosexuals in Iran”

In 1979 Iran became governed by Sharia Law, meaning (among other things) that homosexuality was outlawed, punishable by death in extreme cases and jail time in others. Many Iranian refugees travel to Denizli in nearby southwest Turkey, where they await visas to live in other countries—of course, plenty of them are part of the LGBTQ community. Swiss-born Iranian photographer Laurence Rasti began photographing portraits of …

Photographer Michael Hoerner’s “Ilegal Pride” Exhibition

Powerful, celebratory images on display just blocks away from where they were captured

No image may ever be able to capture the complete sensations of NYC Pride—the ferociousness, liberated joy and unbounded togetherness—but photographer Michael Hoerner certainly comes close. In a series of vibrant images, punctuated by a large-scale, black and white piece, Hoerner taps into the raw energy of it all and documents some of the characters populating the scene. In a way, Hoerner’s work is a …

A Pride Flag Incorporating LGBTQ+ People of Color

First unfurled at a Pride Month launch celebration in Philadelphia, a new rainbow flag aims to recognize the POC members of the LGBTQ+ community. Part of the “More Color More Pride” campaign, the flag calls to attention—and embraces—the diversity within the already marginalized queer world. A testament to intersectionality, the pride flag’s value lies in its powerful, inclusive statement. The addition of black and brown …