September 13, 04

Vol. 20 , No. 01   


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LOVE MAKES A FAMILY

"A family is a bunch of people, or not so many, who love each other"
—explains seven-year-old Liza Styles, who has two moms

The Dean of Students Office with support from the James Irvine Foundation, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, and the Office of Student Activities are hosting a display of the critically acclaimed photo-text exhibit "Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Their Families."

At a time in history when GLBT people continue to fight for basic human rights including the right to legally marry, the right to lead a Boy Scout troop, the right to have access to partner health benefits, and the right to be adoptive and foster parents, Love Makes a Family helps cut through all the political arguments right to the heart of the issue by showing the love, caring, and connection that are so basic to all families. By allowing viewers to come face-to-face with GLBT people, Love Makes a Family sends powerful messages simultaneously that "different is wonderful" and "we're not so different after all."

Photographs by Gigi Kaeser depict a variety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their families of all races in familiar family settings. The black and white photos are accompanied by text edited by Peggy Gillespie from in-depth interviews she conducted with each family member—including children like Liza—who speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they cope with the realities of prejudice, bias, and intolerance on a day-to-day basis.

The exhibit will be on display in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on the Claremont McKenna College campus from August 31st through October 8th and in McKenna Auditorium from October 11th through October 14th.

Family Diversity Projects, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization, created Love Makes a Family as a tool to combat homophobia by breaking silence and making the invisible visible. Since it began touring in 1996, the exhibit has traveled to over 1000 communities. Ten copies of Love Makes a Family tour nationwide throughout the year to universities, schools, public libraries, corporate headquarters, statehouses, and houses of worship, supporting the grassroots efforts of activists, friends, and allies who are working in their communities to combat the cycle of ignorance and bigotry toward GLBT people. It serves as a divining rod for informed dialogue in communities where GLBT issues are emerging onto the public agenda.