A new book of photography celebrating the lives and relationships of LGBTQ couples has just been released. NOTE: I’ll be interviewing the author, photographer Barbara Proud, on an upcoming Aged to Perfection podcast soon! You can read about the Philly book launch with photos from the event at PhillyMag.com.
Available September 26, First Comes Love is a new book of photographs and love stories that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the U.S.
The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud (aka B. Proud), the book is just one element of the First Comes LoveProject, a traveling exhibition of photographs, love stories and video interviews documenting LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years. www.firstcomeslove.org
When the First Comes Love Project began in March of 2009, Proposition 8 had just outlawed same-sex marriages in California and the Defense of Marriage Act prevent the federal government from recognizing marriages of same-sex couples. Now five years later, though DOMA has been declared unconstitutional and Proposition 8 has been defeated for good, there are currently 31 states where gay and lesbian marriage remains illegal.