Pride After Pulse
In June of 2016, 49 people were shot and killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida for being part of the LGBT community. Two weeks later, New York would host its annual pride celebration, bringing tens of thousands of queer people together in public. In the wake of this tragedy, despite how unsafe the streets felt, I worked with a small team to capture portraits and interviews to understand why people still felt the importance to show up. Living queer in public is a gift, and pride in 2016 was a loving memory of the ones we lost and the triumph that can be found in finding a reason, in spite of it all, to pour into the streets and be joyful.
The Young Fans of Drag
In 2017, for the first time, RuPaul’s DragCon arrived in New York City. During that year, the fanbase for drag culture was exploding in surprising ways. What used to be a culture mostly consumed by gay men was becoming a source of inspiration for many young people both in and out of the LGBT community. An article in Slate quoted young fans expressing, “Drag’s emphasis on creativity and individuality can be an effective way to express yourself. It does not promote narrow or restrictive understanding of beauty or femaleness.”
In the following portraits and interviews, I sought to gain more insight into the power of drag and what it means to the rising generation.