For over nine years I have been photographing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student athletes on high school and college sports teams for a series I titled “Fearless.” It began as a modest art project in 2003, but over the years it has slowly grown into a collection of portraits of over 150 athletes. However, over the course of working on “Fearless,” I always felt that something was missing: the stories and voices behind the photographs I took. Despite the power contained in the visual images of these brave student athletes, for the most part they were silent. Standing on a field or by a pool, staring back at the viewer in a gesture of defiance, these out LGBT student athletes weren’t able to share more about their inspirational lives through their photographs.
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