It's not often that I'll do a direct recommendation for a product. While I get shipped tons of free stuff all the time, most of them just get given away as prizes without any real review. The coffee table book, Gay In America, is - without doubt - one of the most beautiful books of photography I've ever had the pleasure to own.
In this first-ever photographic survey of gay men in America, stereotypes are laid to rest and an intimate, honest picture of contemporary gay life is revealed through stunning personal portraits and narratives. Photographer Scott Pasfield traveled 54,000 miles across all fifty states over a two-year span gathering stories and documenting the lives of 140 gay men from all walks of life. At turns joyful and somber, reflective and celebratory, each narrative and image is an enlightening look into the variety of gay life in the United States. Their commonality draws from a single shared trait: their homosexuality. These are men who are attracted to men, and have chosen not to disguise that truth. For many, there have been harsh consequences to this decision, but also deep rewards. The message that prevails is one of great hope that true equality is close within our reach, if only we would grasp it.
I'll be participating in a discussion panel, which will include author and photographer Scott Pasfield and Lt Dan Choi. The event will be held on Friday, November 11 from 6PM to 8PM at the DC Center. Dan is the cover photo of the book - so now I get to rib him about not only seeing him when he crashes on our couch, but having to stare at his face everyday when I look at my coffee table!