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

Just a reminder that I will be posting these 14 Tree Change Dolls® for sale in my Etsy shop at 10pm (Australian Eastern Time) tonight. (For time conversions, please go to )

My mum Silvia designs and makes the dolls clothes which takes many hours of her time (thanks Mum!) I hand paint each doll’s face as a unique character, brush, recondition, cut and style their hair, clean them, handcraft their shoes individually, and sign each doll with a unique number. Each doll also comes with a signed certificate of authenticity, and their individual ‘before & after’ print which I also sign. These 14 dolls are priced from $220- $250 Australian Dollars each.

As always, I will be a bit sad to say goodbye to these little Tree Change Dolls®, so I hope they will be off on some marvelous adventures in their new owners hands very soon. (For all their 'before & after’ shots, scroll 3 posts down.)

Bon voyage my little dollies!



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The Sikh man who took off his turban to help an injured child received a touching gift 

22-year-old Harman Singh was in his New Zealand home when he heard screeching tires and rushed out to help. “I saw a child down on the ground and a lady was holding him. His head was bleeding, so I unveiled my turban and put it under his head,” Singh told the New Zealand Herald.

Though removing his turban in public is not allowed under Sikh law, Singh circumvented the rule to help the boy in need. After going viral, a news station and local businessman are now helping him.