“In The Making” project is debunking the notion marriage equality = full LGBT equality

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I am Curtis Lahaie, a senior at Harvard University, and I am one of the creators of In the Making, a photo project that reveals the remaining work in the LGBTQ Movement, even as nationwide marriage equality is on the horizon.

In the making Curtis

Publicly supported by Harvard University President Drew Faust and shared on Tumblr over 80,000 times, the project features 45 LGBTQ and allied Harvard students and alumni who share their stories and opinions about the ways in which the LGBTQ Movement is a work in progress–it’s in the making. In addition to the photo gallery, the project launched alongside a social media challenge (bit.ly/inthemakingchallenge), which encourages the larger public to share their own photos, as well as an online fundraiser for three LGBTQ nonprofits. As one of the creators, I would be happy to answer any questions you might have,

Best, Curtis Lahaie Harvard College ’15 (Facebook)

Curtis told The Crimson.com

“There’s this misconception…that marriage equality means full equality for the LGBTQ community and that supporters of the movement might believe that once we have nationwide marriage equality, which I personally think is basically imminent, then we’re just done,” Lahaie says. “But in reality there are so many other issues that haven’t been fully addressed. So I wanted to come up with a way to make that message really clear, and I think one really powerful way is to do that through photos.”

Gender cost
I asked about this photo and Curtis explained:

“I don’t know the entire background of this person, but this person told me that there are costs that they have incurred as a result of being trans. They are DFAB and have incurred costs for getting a new wardrobe, binding, etc.”

“They wanted to draw attention to this fact, because many people don’t recognize how expensive being trans can be.”

“Besides monetary expenses, there are certainly other costs that come with being trans — for some, it’s a matter of life and death. For others, it’s their jobs, friends, and families”

“Before the end of the year we will be releasing 17 more official photos on the website, and among them are others that also relate to trans issues: “[] Male [] Female [X] Other” “My gender is not your decision” “I shouldn’t have to choose one [] Masculine [] Feminine”.

“We naturally have a focus on the high school to young adult range — anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ as well as our allies. There are a couple photos that specifically reference allyship.”

“That said, we think most, if not all, of these lines probably could resonate with people who identify as LGBTQ+ at any age.”

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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