Everyone in the English speaking language by now, has to have heard of the book ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’. But not many people, have heard of the collection of photographs and one woman’s mission, called ‘Fifty Shades of Gay’.
iO Tillet Wright was a child actor, now artist, who grew up in New York. As a child, she spent 8 years of her life pretending to be a boy, and did so so successfully that only her close immediate family, knew the truth. Even her roles as a child actor were all those of boys, and she tells people now of how she used to turn her shoes around in the toilet so it looked like she was standing up to pee.
But after discovering that she doesn’t like boys or girls, but rather individual people regardless of their genitalia, and really discovered the gay struggle for equal rights to marry in America, iO has become a major contributor.
Her collection of photographs, or portraits if you like, called ‘Fifty Shades of Gay’ began when she put out a call to anyone that rates themselves to be on the LGBTQ spectrum, to have their photograph taken.
Find out more about it at: http://blog.ted.com/2013/01/30/gallery-io-tillett-wright-examines-the-50-shades-of-gay/
With the overwhelming number of people from all over the country, in all 50 states, that have asked iO to take their photo, she is beginning to realize, and to show America and the world at the same time, that there isn’t just gay and straight and somewhere in the middle, but in fact, there’s a little gay in all of us.