Brighton-based photographer Chris Jepson receives international recognition and award for The Identity Project, Portraits of the LGBTQ+ community.
Last night, 10 November 2021, the Federation of Gay Games held an awards evening as part of their Annual General Assembly at the Amsterdam Bar and recognised a number of local people doing for their work promoting diversity, inclusion and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community.
Each year the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) holds its Annual Conference in a city around the world and selects individuals or organisations that are doing amazing things for LGBTQ+ inclusion. This year that city is Brighton and Hove and The Identity Project by Chris Jepson won an ‘Excellence Award’ for someone who has made significant effort to portray LGBTQ+ people; challenge homophobia or transphobia; and/or make opportunities for LGBTQ+ lives to be positively recognised.
The Identity Project by Chris Jepson is a series of almost 200 portraits of LGBTQ+ people from all walks of life. It was created to address the lack of diversity both in mainstream and LGBTQ+ media. After 20+ years photographing on the LGBTQ+ scene in London and further afield, Chris Jepson wanted to create a body of work that was as fully inclusive and representative of our glorious LGBTQ+ rainbow family as he could.
To date more than 300 people have completed the ‘get involved’ form on the website and almost 200 have been photographed.
You can ready more about the project at https://theidentityproject.co.uk/
And see more of Chris Jepson’s work at https://www.chrisjepson.com/
Kindly supported by Brighton & Hove Pride’s Cultural Development Fund