Going Home

I'm did something last week that I've wanted to do for a long time. I've gone back to the place where I was born to spread some of my art. The area is very conservative. With a long history of evangelical influence. There are Trump Pence signs everywhere.  I guess it's very similar to most places in America in that regard. But being gay is not easy here. And there are no visible local gay role models that I'm aware of that would engender much pride in any gay person.  Instead there is a lot of hiding, obfuscation, apology and shame.  Many gay men and women marry opposite sex people and pretend to be something they are not and live very isolated lives. Most are so deep in denial they may not even recognize that they are genuinely homosexual. 

I don't have any illusions that my work will change the situation at all but maybe some kid or adult who is struggling with excepting themselves and being open will feel less alone when they see one of my pieces on the street.   

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