In July this year, I was lucky enough to spend the day with the newly launched Voices4 London. The direct-action queer advocacy group were throwing their first meeting at The Outside Project, an LGBT+ homeless shelter, before marching unofficially at the back of Pride in London in protest of the increasing commercialisation of Pride.
The excitement of so many young, queer, politically-minded people in one space was real joy, like coming home. Shooting them felt like shooting friends – everyone was so giving and willing to stand in front of the camera, showing themselves to some unknown viewer in all their queerness. At once, vulnerable and confident. Shaved heads, contour, chains, mesh, glitter, glasses, no make-up. The group was made up of all kinds of people, with all kinds of ways of expressing themselves.
Far from homogenous, these were kids who needed to do something, needed to show up for others and had finally been given the opportunity by Voices4. The sentiment from all of them was one of deep intent.The groups’ motto, coined by founder Adam Eli, is “Queer people anywhere are responsible for queer people everywhere.”
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