Photographer Kevin Truong, has set out on an ambitious journey of photographing and cataloging the stories of gay men from around the world, to show the diversity of the gay-male identity in “The Gay Men Project.”
Truong explains the project on his website TheGayMenProject.com:
When I think of my own experience, and all the time I spent in the closet and hiding the fact that I was gay–to be at a place now where I feel completely comfortable being on the blog and telling the world “Hey, I’m a gay man,” I think there’s a power in that, for me and for a lot of the men on the blog.
So it’s kind of a numbers game, I think the more men I photograph, the more impact the project has.
My dream is to take the project to as many different cities as I can across the world.”
João Victor (pictured above), an engineer from Rio De Janeiro, recalls his coming out experience:
My coming out was a long and calculated process. It started with me proving to myself that I was no worse than anyone else based solely on being gay and ended after some tequila shots in the arms of a polish guy in a club in Barcelona. That moment, when I finally allowed myself to touch a man in a sexual way, that was my coming out. I was 22 and I finally felt free.
Telling my friends and family that I was gay wasn’t hard. Again, it took me a little while and some planning to absorb everything that was I going through before spreading the word. I was happy and I wanted to share that. I have the most amazing supporting family and, as I predicted, they could not have had a better reaction.
During my so called coming out process, I surrounded myself with friends that I knew that wouldn’t make a big deal out of my sexuality. Most of them weren’t surprised and some couldn’t wait any longer for that moment.
Watch Truong’s growing collection of portraits below, as he presents his first 338 portraits:
Also vist the Gay Men Project website for more wonderful portraits and stories.