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Ideas for a LGBTQ related exhibition art

Right, so I have been asking everybody I know about this, and since this forum has a lot of vocal LGBTQ people, I thought I might post it here.

I am on the committee of out universities LGBTQ society and we are hosting an exhibition in one of our college galleries to mark the LGBT History Month in February. We have already got several high profile designers involved (thank you uni alumni!) but as students we have to submit art works too (could be anything from movies, photographs, posters to proper campaigns).

If anyone has any ideas, suggestions or even issues they would like to be shown, they are welcome to post here.
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I have a question, what does LGBTQ stand for?

The belief that man is an irresolute creature pulled this way and that by two forces of equal strength, alternately winning and losing the battle for his soul; the conviction that human life is nothing more than an uncertain struggle between heaven and hell; the faith in two opposed entities, Satan and Christ - all this was bound to engender those internal discords in which the mind, excited by the incessant fighting, stimulated as it were by the constant promises and threats, ends up by giving in and prostitutes itself to whichever of the two combatants has been more obstinate in its pursuit. Life isn't black and white, it's gold.
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I have a question, what does LGBTQ stand for?
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual and Queer.
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Queer? I thought that was an insult or something like that

The belief that man is an irresolute creature pulled this way and that by two forces of equal strength, alternately winning and losing the battle for his soul; the conviction that human life is nothing more than an uncertain struggle between heaven and hell; the faith in two opposed entities, Satan and Christ - all this was bound to engender those internal discords in which the mind, excited by the incessant fighting, stimulated as it were by the constant promises and threats, ends up by giving in and prostitutes itself to whichever of the two combatants has been more obstinate in its pursuit. Life isn't black and white, it's gold.
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Re: Ideas for a LGBTQ related exhibition art

Queer can be used as an insult. But the concrete definition of Queer is pretty much a deviation from conventionality; different.
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Some gay communities have been trying to reclaim that word. We use it as a blanket term for people who are sure or questioning their sexuality as well as gender identity.
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Please make sure that gays/lesbians of color are represented, and in non-denigrating/non-stereotypical ways.


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Please make sure that gays/lesbians of color are represented, and in non-denigrating/non-stereotypical ways.
That is one of out main themes, especially given that our society committee is so diverse ( our president is a black woman, I am mixed race etc.). The area where one of the colleges of our university is, has one of the densest population of coloured people in the UK, and we are encouraging them to join in.

One of my friends (gay, coloured and closeted ), is planning on coming out to his parent after taking them to the exhibition, he has made a really cute collage about the problems gay black guys face when coming out.

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One of my friends (gay, coloured and closeted ), is planning on coming out to his parent after taking him to the exhibition, he has made a really cute collage about the problems gay black guys face when coming out.
OMG. I hope you guys have a backup plan in case his parents don't take it well. Coming out in a public place can be dangerous.
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OMG. I hope you guys have a backup plan in case his parents don't take it well. Coming out in a public place can be dangerous.
He is not exactly telling them publicly, he is taking them to the exhibition first then hoping they get the clue. If not, he will tell them in private afterwards.
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Re: Ideas for a LGBTQ related exhibition art

Ways of going about, dealing with, and accepting coming out.

*I'm really struggling with this myself.
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That is one of out main themes, especially given that our society committee is so diverse ( our president is a black woman, I am mixed race etc.). The area where one of the colleges of our university is, has one of the densest population of coloured people in the UK, and we are encouraging them to join in.

One of my friends (gay, coloured and closeted ), is planning on coming out to his parent after taking them to the exhibition, he has made a really cute collage about the problems gay black guys face when coming out.
Okay, awesome. We just tend to get thrown into the margins when these things happen, that was my concern.
I hope your friend isn't Jamaican. lol


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He is not exactly telling them publicly, he is taking them to the exhibition first then hoping they get the clue. If not, he will tell them in private afterwards.
Oh ok.

I don't know if it's as big an issue in the UK, but over here we have lots of homelessness and poverty in the queer community, which gets swept under the rug when lgbt issues usually come up. It would be good to highlight alongside the more topical issues of marriage equality, adoption rights, immigration etc. Another big issue is the struggle to find realistic role models as gay males. On one extreme we have the handsome, rich, monogamous, heteronormative stereotype, and on the other is the vapid, vicious, promiscuous queen. Most guys are neither of these.
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Ways of going about, dealing with, and accepting coming out.

*I'm really struggling with this myself.
Thats the hard part, we know what we have to do but its challenging to show case it in an art exhibition.

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Okay, awesome. We just tend to get thrown into the margins when these things happen, that was my concern.
I hope your friend isn't Jamaican. lol
My friend's family is originally from Nigeria, but he was born in London.

So far we haven't really had a lot of response from the coloured community as far as gay males are concerned; we have a fair few coloured lesbians and transexuals though.
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