A stunning new photo project is offering an intimate glimpse at a post-"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" world.
Australian-born artist Tatjana Plitt has documented nine same-sex couples as part of her "Gay Warriors" series. Plitt, who is now based in Washington, D.C., hopes her project will expand to a full-scale touring exhibition and book featuring at least 50 same-sex couples.
The photos themselves are an homage to 17th century marriage and family portraits, in an effort to "celebrate the respectability and validity of these same-sex couples and provide a contemporary take on the notion of traditional marriage and family," according to a press release.
"I feel honored that these soldiers and their families have welcomed me into their homes and entrusted me to tell a part of their story," Plitt told HuffPost Gay Voices. "Their openness, in spite of the discrimination they have faced, is a testament to their strength and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to bear witness to their journey. Now they have their eyes firmly set on the future and are fighting the next battle: full marriage equality."
The artist has also launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign which will help enable her to photograph other same-sex military couples elsewhere in the country. You can view information about the campaign here.
View images from Plitt's project below:
Zachary, Marshal, Emma & Taylor
Idalia & Angelie
Cameron, Kelly & Hannah
Steve & Josh Snyder-Hill
Karen & Alli
Phillip & Steven
Lilly & Ashley
Zachary & Marvin
Stephanie & Sarah
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