(text taken from social media posts that went up June 1, 2022, reshared here for posterity)
It's June, which means it's Pride month 🌈🌈🌈
As part of celebrating, for the whole month I'll only be sharing LGBTQIA+ photos. There won't be a sudden influx of rainbow filters and staged photo shoots with queer people, just authentic images I've taken from over a decade of living & working in the LGBTQIA+ community. Basically, my world has been hella gay for a while and I'm really excited to celebrate the community by showcasing this work for thirty days in a row.
Day one feels like a good time to re-introduce who I am, so hi, hello! My name is Devon (she/they) and I'm a queer photographer in Baltimore (and everywhere else).When I was 12 I saw Chasing Amy on Comedy Central and thought, "Oh, yeah, I don't need to pick one gender to be attracted to," and since then I've never really thought of myself as straight. Being a self employed artist for over a decade and specializing in work with nontraditional, queer, artsy, burner, swing dancing, circus performer, amazing clients, I haven't had very many societal norms pushing me to identify as one thing or another. She pronouns feel good, but so do they pronouns and I am happy with either. I generally identify myself as "queer" to avoid getting into the bi vs pan debate. Many of my relationships have presented as cis/het, and for a long time I struggled with what that meant for my place in the world. Could I really be part of the LGBTQIA+ community? I hesitated and held back from really letting this part of who I am play a part of how I show up in the world.After the Pulse shooting, I read an incredible article about being bisexual and grieving Pulse while feeling like you aren't truly a part of queer spaces. The article floored me. It made me really examine why I felt like any relationship could defined who I am, and I took step by ever-larger step into letting this part of my identity come through. I'm still far from perfect and working on so many things, but I'm really happy with the connections I've made along the way. My world is so much better for being a bit more rainbow, and I hope that my images help viewers see the beauty, the joy, and the celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community in this month and every month.
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