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Photo Project Featuring LGBTQ Community Travels to New York, Coachella and Beyond

Photographer iO Tillett Wright is outraged that equal rights are not available to all Americans. So to confront this challenge, she plans to photograph thousands of LGBTQ people for a series called “Self Evident Truths,” to show the faces of those who endure discrimination on a daily basis in this country.

“Guess what? We look just like you, your mother, your brother or the coworker sitting right next to you,” Tillett Wright says.

She will bring 350 of her photos shot in New York exclusively for this project to a special exhibit in Palm Springs, Calif., during the Coachella Music Festival from April 15-17. The exhibit will include a number of LGBTQ musicians performing at the festival. A smaller number of photos will be on display through Memorial Day at HRC’s Pop Up Action Center and Store.

The photos were all shot on 35mm film in black-and-white, in natural light without any makeup or styling.

Tillett Wright hopes to photograph as many LGBTQ people as possible for her project, which is supported by the Human Rights Campaign.

If you are in Palm Springs this weekend and identify as LGBTQ, Tillett Wright wants to take your picture. To participate in this weekend’s special Coachella photo shoot at HRC’s Pop Up Art Gallery, please send an e-mail to to make an appointment during the times listed below:   

April 15-17:  HRC Action Center & Store, 388 ½ N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

To view photos in the exhibit, watch the video below and visit

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