Join us for a discussion panel and book signing featuring Scott Pasfield, author and photographer of Gay In America, and Lieutenant Dan Choi, former infantry officer, Iraq combat veteran, and gay rights activist.
Friday, November 11
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
The DC Center
1318 U Street NW
$10 at the door
On September 27, 2011, New York City photographer Scott Pasfield and Welcome Books will release Gay In America, a groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering, unprecedented 224-page book of intimate photos and deeply personal stories from 140 gay American men.
Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 52,000 miles across all fifty states over a three-year span gathering stories and documenting the lives of gay men from all walks of life. At turns joyful and somber, reflective and celebratory, each narrative and image is an enlightening look into the variety of gay life in the United States.
"I wanted to create a book that would change opinions and educate; to produce a profound collection of ordinary, proud, out gay men who defy clichés and stereotypes."
His striking and perceptive portraits reflect the same beautiful diversity found in any sampling of our population. Each of these men is unique and whole, complex and fallible, just as we all are. They come in every size and shape, every religion, color, profession, and background. There are farmers, writers, doctors, lawyers, artists, teachers, and students; there are fathers and husbands, activists, and businessmen. Some are successful, some are struggling, some are political, some are wealthy, some are wounded, and some are deeply content.
Their commonality draws from a single shared trait: their homosexuality. These are men who are attracted to men, and have chosen not to disguise that truth. For many, there have been harsh consequences to this decision, but also deep rewards. The message that prevails is one of great hope that true equality is close within our reach, if only we would grasp it.
$10 at the door. Copies of Gay In America will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit The DC Center.
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