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Jean-François Bouchard’s Transpose

“I didn’t want this to be sexual or shocking,“ he explained in a recent interivew with Canada’sNational Post. "I wanted this to be about the personal stories. I could have shot this in a far more shocking way — scars, things like that. But I didn’t want to take over the personal stories that are more important.”

Fittingly, the spare, deceptively powerful portraits are accompanied by personal statements from his subjects, a diverse group of young and middle-aged trans men with whom Bouchard, a cisgender (nontrans) man, worked after three years of research. A statement by subject Alex reads simply, ”[My] tattoo means strong because you have to be. Five and a half years of weekly injections, two surgeries, and I now finally feel comfortable in my body.“

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Photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman’s portraits feature friends and acquaintances, activists and poets, Americans and immigrants — some naturalized, some undocumented.

All of them are queer people of color.

“I wanted to specifically focus on this community because queer and trans people of color are so rarely represented in the art world,” says Roman, who is Mexican-American and also identifies as queer.

The photo series, called “Queer Icons,” evokes the colorful, religious artwork that Roman grew up with. “Because I grew up Catholic in a Mexican community in Chicago, my first introduction to art was religious art,” he says.

He was particularly inspired by the fresco paintings of haloed saints that decorated the walls of his neighborhood church. “I’ve always thought of the halo as something very powerful — it’s like a badge of nobility,” he says.

And because Roman’s subjects are activists and artists who do good for the community, “I wanted to represent them as saints,” he says.

He also wanted to capture their pride and their strength. “I wanted them to be warriors — that’s why a lot of them are looking straight at the camera, saying ‘Here I am, and I’m not going to hide.’”

Not Your Mother’s Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Photo credit: Courtesy of Gabriel Garcia Roman

North Carolina Governor Vetoes ‘License To Discriminate’ Bill

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory ® has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state officials to refuse to officate marriages. The legislation (SB 2), which passed in the House on Thursday having previously passed in the Senate back in February, would have allowed state magistrates to opt out of conducting marriage ceremonies based on a sincerely held religious objection. Though the bill does not specifically reference same-sex marriage, its purpose was to allow officials to retain their jobs without officiating for same-sex couples.

You have an extra short window to place your orders for any shirts that reached their ten order minimum

That would be these shirts:

Also the 3 logo shirts were launched 5 days late, so there is still plenty of time to order one of these, which are great for allies or people who are not comfortable identifying themselves in public.

The rest of the shirts did not meet the minimum ten orders and will not be printing at this time. 

“But I really wanted my shirt!”

What you can do is go back to your shirt’s page (the full alphabetized list is here). Click “I Still Want One!” and enter your email address. If ten people do this (remember, ten is the minimum order), Teespring will automatically open the shirt for orders again (and if all 10 people who signed up for the email reminder come back and order one, it’ll get printed!). 

I live for this deep purple just on the verge of black liquid to matte lipstick 😍 Potion by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Also brow pomade in the color Granite by Anastasia. 10/10 recommend that if you try any Anastasia Beverly Hills products please try their dip brow pomade and their brow brushes. 👌👌👌