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Gia Goodrich’s Love Wins Project
Photographer Gia Goodrich’s Love Wins Project, now in the final days of its Kickstarter campaign, was conceived in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision, when Goodrich was “overwhelmed by the love and excitement” she witnessed, and sought to channel that emotion into a project that “gives back to these amazing couples.” The project, which pairs Goodrich’s photographs with first-person accounts of married LGBT couples, is intended to raise awareness and visibility for LGBT couples and show the range of relationships, backgrounds, and identities that make up the country’s LGBT population.
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Love Wins Project: An Archive of LGBT Experience
Intended as an archive of LGBT couples and experiences, the project began simply, with Goodrich reaching out to friends and groups via social media to arrange photography sessions. As the project developed, Goodrich recognized the importance and impact of incorporating the couples’ narratives: “By giving people agency and allowing them to communicate their stories in their own words, I can ensure that viewers understand the context of the photographs.”
The Love Wins Project focuses on portraying the full range of LGBT relationships, including transgender couples and bisexual couples in heteronormative relationships, to show the breadth of LGBT love and experience.
Promoting Visibility Through the Love Wins Project
While the Love Wins Project has garnered national attention through coverage on the Huffington Post and Tech Insider, it has also attracted its share of negative feedback from bigots who oppose the positive presentation of LGBT couples. This, according to Gia Goodrich, only underscores the importance of her project: “Many of these people have strong, passionate views, but zero experience interacting with or having gay or trans people in their lives.” By presenting powerful, positive images of LGBT couples, Goodrich hopes to shift cultural attitudes and show that LGBT couples deserve the same love and respect as straight couples:
- Know the Story – By portraying the faces and stories of LGBT couples, Goodrich intends to counter the hateful rhetoric and pervasive misunderstanding faced by LGBT couples. On the project’s Kickstarter page, Goodrich succinctly states, “It’s impossible to hate someone whose story you know.”
- Struggle for Equality – The Love Wins Project is also a reflection on the history of the struggle for equality: one couple was actively involved in the legal battle over Oregon’s Measure 36, which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman before ultimately being struck down as unconstitutional. “They’re now permanent fixtures in the LGBTQ community,” Goodrich says, “and they’re a great way for members of the community to learn about the history behind the fight for equality.”
- Beacon of Hope – For couples who live in less-tolerant communities, Goodrich hopes that the project will serve as a beacon of hope. The message to young members of the LGBT community is clear: “you are lovable, you are worthy of love and perfect the way you are.”
Growing up mixed race, Gia Goodrich says, informed her worldview and philosophy as she developed the Love Wins Project. “People used to point at me and ask me, ‘What are you?’ because there was something inherently disruptive about seeing someone of ambiguous race,” she says. “Now there are so many mixed-race children that I haven’t gotten that question in a couple of years. When it comes to sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical appearance, my hope is that things become more normal and accepted, and those differences become okay.”
Goodrich compares the cultural progress made by the LGBT community to the shifts that occurred in the wake of the Civil Rights movement, saying she hopes increased visibility through efforts like her Love Wins Project will combat bigotry and spread the ideology that hate has no place in our culture.
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Beyond Kickstarter: the Future of the Love Wins Project
While Gia Goodrich is currently focused on developing the first exhibition and accompanying book, the scope of the Love Wins project goes way beyond a Kickstarter campaign: Gia Goodrich hopes that this campaign will only be the beginning of a national expansion of the project and allow her to bring her vision to communities across the country.
- Kickstarter Campaign – The Love Wins Project Kickstarter will go toward developing and building a local exhibition of the first 40 couples in Portland, Oregon, and will also help to produce the first run of a book collecting these couples’ photographs and stories.
- Future Non-Profit – Beyond the Kickstarter, Gia Goodrich hopes to establish Love Wins as a nonprofit that will allow her to visit communities and reach out to LGBT couples and expand the scope of the project. Eventually, Goodrich hopes Love Wins will have the ability to provide grant funding for other projects promoting LGBT visibility and awareness.
- Photography Archive – After the initial exhibition of the photographs and production of the book, Gia hopes to continue photographing couples and sharing their stories across the country: “My dream scenario is to have an archive where a person can go and see a range of experiences, from Hollywood actors to Iowa corn farmers.”
The Love Wins Project is an ambitious and vital undertaking that seeks to transform the way LGBT couples are portrayed and viewed across the country. While Goodrich says that some progress has been made by the growing visibility of LGBT actors and celebrities, she hopes the project will contribute to the emergence of a wider diversity of voices and images.
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If you’re interested in supporting the Love Wins Project, head over to the Kickstarter campaign to learn more and to back the project. Time is running out, and your help can help bring this important project to a wider audience!