Self Evident Truths

by Carolyn Simon

Photographer Hopes to Expand ‘Self Evident Truths’ to Include Thousands of Americans.

Musicians, artists, and designers are lending their faces and voices to Human Rights Campaign’s newest limited-edition T-shirt series to help support photographer iO Tillett Wright’s Self Evident Truths project, a photographic documentation of the LGBT community across 25 cities in an effort to raise awareness about equality.

“The concept behind Self Evident Truths is simple; it's impossible to deny the humanity in a face. We are all human, we all have hearts and emotions and eyes that speak to them, whether we're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, black, white, Latino, Asian... You get the picture,” Wright said on the project’s website.

Wright began the project last spring, shooting 300 portraits in New York City on 35 mm film in black-and-white, in natural light without any makeup or styling. She now hopes to expand her project nationally with as many as 5,000 people.

To help advance the project, HRC will release T-shirts featuring musicians Tegan Quin from Tegan and Sara, JD Samson from MEN and Bianca Casady from CocoRosie; artist Terence Koh; and designer Robert Tagliapietra from Costello Tagliapietra.

The limited-edition unisex T-shirts will sell for $29 and $5 from each shirt will go directly to the Self Evident Truths project.  Sold exclusively at - only 250 of each T-shirt will be produced.

Previous designs have been released by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Perry Ellis, Kenneth Cole, Alex & Chloe, Christian Siriano, Heatherette, Nike and American Apparel.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


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