I Started a new project about the oil boom in my native West, Texas last week. Didn’t really shoot many photos but met a lot of great people and i’m excited to go back in a month or so and really dig in. I got a serious education and learned a lot of unexpected things about the process.
If there is one thing I’ve learned in my research, it is that in the face of systemic inequities, homophobia, sex negativity, harassment, the threat of job loss, death — we find places to be ourselves. We’ll make spaces our own under the worst of circumstances, even if just for a few hours. People risk it because that’s how important it is to us to find one another, to feel human, to feel desire and love and express it openly without shame… I am mindful of the resilience of our communities, the unwillingness to accept the message of the city, that there’s nowhere we belong. History tells us that’s not true. We’ll find each other, no matter what.