San Francisco is the birthplace of so many amazingly creative endeavors and last month I was fortunate to participate in one called The Identity Project. It has been a while since I had had my portrait taken by a professional and I was extremely pleased with the results by Portraits to the People photographer Sarah Deragon. In regards to this particular undertaking, Deragon’s website states, ” This photography project seeks to explore the labels we choose to identify with when defining our gender and sexuality.” In her interview with The Bold Italic, Deragon says:

I was inspired to do this project because of the ways in which I was deeply affected by black and white portraits when I was coming out.

I remember searching through books looking for photos of queer people to help me figure out who I was. I want folks to look at my images and be happy, proud, inspired, and even turned on. This photo project is my love letter to the LGBTQ community.

Many thanks to Sarah Deragon for the visibility she is creating for so many people, myself included, who do not relate to conventional labels. We can all be self-defined and self-actualized and that is a beautiful thing! For a look at the participants thus far, check out the gallery! If you would like to participate, fill out this form.

Photo by Sarah Deragon, natch!