Photographer Kevin Truong is out to catalog the diversity of gay-male identity in The Gay Men Project, a photo series that sees him traveling the world, photographing and interviewing men who identify as gay:
Basically I’m trying to photograph as many gay men as I can. My goal is to create a platform, a visibility on some level, and a resource for others who may not be as openly gay. A visual catalog of gay men and their stories.
When I think of my own experience, and all the time I spent in the closet and hiding the fact that I was gay–to be at a place now where I feel completely comfortable telling the world “Hey, I’m a gay man,” I think there’s a power in that, for me and for a lot of the men on the blog. It’s kind of a numbers game: I think the more men I photograph, the more impact the project has.
My dream is to take the project to as many different cities as I can across the world.
Truong has chronicled the unique experiences of gay men—singled, coupled and in families—in as far flung places as Baltimore, Los Angeles, Ho Chi Minh City, Paris, Sao Paolo and Panama City.
Said one subject, a young gay man in Rio de Janiero:
My coming out was a long and calculated process. It started with me proving to myself that I was no worse than anyone else based solely on being gay and ended after some tequila shots in the arms of a polish guy in a club in Barcelona.
That moment, when I finally allowed myself to touch a man in a sexual way, that was my coming out. I was 22 and I finally felt free.
Below, Kevin discusses his work. Check out his growing collection on the Gay Men Project website
h/t: Accidental Bear