This is a gay issue.
This is a straight issue.
This is a Human Rights issue.
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One year documenting gay pride parades around the globe to bring a spotlight on the Gay Rights movement.
“Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying silently in our closets…We are coming out.” – Harvey Milk, gay activist and martyred San Francisco official.
Each year gay pride festivals are held around the globe with the purpose of empowering those in the LGBT community to be proud of their sexual orientation & gender identity, and to increase their visibility within the wider community. Annual pride parades have become a powerful part of these pride festivals, as they are a positive and entertaining way to unite a diverse group of people, while bringing out family, friends, and heterosexual supporters in a demonstrative show of solidarity.
The Walk With Pride (WWP) project was created to spend a year photographing a variety of pride parades from well-established marches to grass-roots festivals, in order to capture imagery that visualizes the similarities and differences in gay rights and gay communities around the world. Through social media we aspire to share our experiences, and promote the issues the global gay community is facing. We hope to breakdown the misconception that this is only a gay issue, when really, it is a basic human rights issue.
Charles “Chad” Meacham (Project Photographer)
Charles was born just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and began traveling immediately after high school. He picked up a camera at the age of 30, and has since been privileged to win over 20 international awards including those from National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and PDN magazines. The idea for this project was sparked after months of following the recent debates in America on gay rights issues in the news, and photographing the 2009 Taipei Pride event, one of the largest pride parades in Asia.
For other examples of his work visit: http://www.charlesmeacham.com
Sarah Baxter (Project Coordinator)
Sarah Baxter is the contact person/organizer for this project. Born in Athens, Ohio, Sarah enjoys traveling, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, NE Thailand, North Africa, Taipei Taiwan, and most recently in New York City. Previous writings by Sarah have focused on the idea of ‘responsible tourism’ and have featured on the community pages of LonelyPlanet.com, EthicalTraveler.org, and WildAsia.net.
This photography project is a respectful effort to promote the vibrant atmosphere of pride parades, while detailing the stories behind the marches. We understand the gay community is a very vast and diverse group of people, with varying opinions on terminology. For this project we will primarily be using the short umbrella term “gay,” as we believe it might be more recognizable than LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual), and easier to type. However, this is just a linguistic choice, as we would like this project to encourage pride in those of all sexual and gender orientations.