You can’t hate someone when you know your story. That’s the premise behind #Barenakedtruth, a photography project I have agreed to be a part of. Over four days in July I will be photographing up to 100 nude portraits of members of the LGBTIQ+ community and we are hoping that we will get a very diverse group of people who identify somewhere along that rainbow spectrum.

After the tragedy in Orlando a few days ago it feels even more timely to celebrate diversity and every face of the LGBTIQ+ family. The photographs will be simple and hopefully elegant, and at the same time as the subjects are being photographed we want to learn their stories. If the straight community hears our stories, especially those straight people who might vote against marriage equality or might cringe at the thought of two men kissing, they might realise just how human we all are and recognise all our similarities rather than our perceived differences.

There is a rationale behind the portraits being nude. When our walls come down and we peel back the layers it is our unifying qualities that are exposed. We become freed from fear and are empowered to be authentic. Putting a face on LGBTQ+ issues humanises the experience and will help to educate, enlighten and inspire others. I’m very proud to be a part of this project and I can’t wait to celebrate our unique community.

If you are in Sydney or can be in Sydney and want to be a part of it, RSVP to the Facebook event here to show your interest!