“We don’t see the world as it is, we see it as we are.” Anais Nin

It’s the 21st Century and bullying still exists to such an extent that kids (all ages) are taking their lives because they feel different and look different, because they love differently and believe differently. They are bullied and ridiculed and ostracized by their peers, by strangers, and most painfully by their own families.  Ironically those who are most ashamed, those most acutely aware of and affected by their perceived differences are the very ones most taunted and bullied. PROJECT COLORS’ goal is to encourage these youths to find their own strength, to see their own beauty and to claim it…to OWN it.   We hear about it all the time; they are not comfortable in their own skin or not accepted by those around them.  With PROJECT COLORS, we want to help break through that barrier, addressing the stereotypes of what a boy/girl should look like or how he/she is supposed to act.  These perceptions of “normal” are damaging kids, limiting their own belief in who they are and what they can be, and depriving the LGBT community of the talents that we have at our fingertips.  

We will represent and show a cross gender/culture identification  in this series of 12 photo shoots - 6 of male orientation, 6 of female orientation; each pair set in one of the 6 colors of the recognized LGBT Pride Flag (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple). Typical male associated custom/mannerisms displayed on female subject and vice versa; done in a way that can be appreciated and even admired by not only the LGBT community but by our peers and society as a whole.  Every individual is a unique and priceless work of art.

The future is ours to mold, what is accepted tomorrow can be established today. We know diversity is what makes the world wonderful, now let’s give representation that being different is beautiful.  We are more alike than we are different; alike in our desire to be loved and accepted. With this grant we will be able to get the resources we need to make this the best representation of that fact for our LGBT youth today and challenge the minds of those who think it isn’t ok to be who you were born to be.