It took photographer Scott Pasfield two years to travel to all 50 states, taking photographs and collecting the stories of gay men for his art book Gay in America. The variety of the men's backgrounds and outlooks is amazing. From doctors to lawyers, husbands and fathers to activists and soldiers, the only thing they all have in common is that they are gay. For some thats meant a difficult life filled with rejection and anger, while others have experienced acceptance and - happiness.
The photographs are as surprisingly varied as the stories. The cover shot is of an Asian American soldier standing proudly at attention. Inside theres a family portrait of gay men with their young daughter. One shows a group of older men, another shows a young man outdoors with his dog. Other photos are of couples, young men lounging casually, an interracial couple smiling into the camera. Throughout, the images and the stories remind readers that theres nothing stereotypical about these individuals.
Scott Pasfield has two Houston appearances. 3 p.m. October 24, Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit www.brazosbookstore.com. Free. And 6 p.m. October 25. Rice University, 6100 Main. For information, call 713-348-3893 or visit www.rice.edu.
Mon., Oct. 24, 3 p.m., 2011