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"Love Makes a Family" Photo Exhibit Opens at Bowdoin December 2

Story posted November 29, 2004

The critically acclaimed traveling photo-text exhibit "Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People and Their Families" will be on view at Bowdoin College Thursday, December 2, through Thursday, December 16, in Lamarche Lounge, David Saul Smith Union. The exhibition opening will be held at 9 p.m., Thursday, December 2.

Photographs by Gigi Kaeser depict a variety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families of all races in familiar family settings. The black-and-white photos are accompanied by text edited by co-creator Peggy Gillespie from in-depth interviews with family members who speak candidly about their lives, their relationships, and the ways in which they cope with the realities of prejudice, bias and intolerance on a day-to-day basis.

At a time when LGBT people continue to fight for basic human rights including the right to legally marry, the right to lead a Boy Scout troop, the right to have access to partner health benefits, and the right to be adoptive and foster parents, "Love Makes a Family" helps cut through the political arguments right to the heart of the issue by showing the love, caring and connection that are basic to all families.

By allowing viewers of all ages to come face-to-face with LGBT people, "Love Makes a Family" sends powerful messages that "different is wonderful" and "we're not so different after all."

The exhibition is open to the public free of charge, and can be viewed 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

Click here for more information and a sampling of photos featured in the exhibit "Love Makes a Family."

The exhibition's showing at Bowdoin is jointly sponsored by the Queer-Trans Resource Center, the Women's Resource Center, the Women's Studies program, the Sociology and Anthropology department, the Bowdoin Women's Association, the Bowdoin Queer-Straight Alliance, and Equality Maine.

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