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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Identity Project: Local Photographer's New Project Redefines Gender Labels

Posted By on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Some of the many faces of The Identity Project - SARAH DERAGON
  • Sarah Deragon
  • Some of the many faces of The Identity Project

San Francisco based photographer Sarah Deragon is working to change the way the LGBTQ community is labeled.

Called The Identity Project, Deragon began this mission in January of this year when Deragon posted a photo on Facebook that her wife (with whom she owns the photography company Portraits to the People) had taken of her, to which she self-assigned the label "Queer Femme."

After the photo was posted, Deragon asked her Facebook friends if anyone else in the local LGBTQ community would be interested in having their photo taken and assigning their own label to it.

"I really wanted to use this project to explore the labels that we choose when we identify ourselves along the gender and sexuality spectrum," said Deragon in the Indiegogo campaign video for The Identity Project.

Although she had hoped to photograph 50 subjects by June, more than 200 people had responded to her post by the end of January.

Deragon asks subjects to think of the phrase that they feel best describes them to go along with the photo. Participants have come up with every phrase from "Genderweird Queerdo Carebear" to "Black Gay Queer Feminist Cisgendered Man."

The Identity Project now has photographed 250 Bay Area-based subjects -- and the project continues to grow. Inspired by all the encouragement she has received from residents of other U.S. cities, Deragon plans to take the Identity Project all across the U.S.

If you'd like to help support The Identity Project's journey across the country, visit its Indiegogo page.

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