Bryson

West Hollywood, 2016


"I always knew the dark side of humanity. Since I was young, I was exposed to the rage, the jealousy, and the agitation of an oppressed life-- the willingness to destroy the drops of joy, no matter how rare they are, because you don't feel like certain things are 'allowed' in the imaginary realm that they have created, probably out of some former trauma. In my mind, I see a world where we can both exist, where both of our stories are valid because we both understand that the differences really don't matter like the similarities do."

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Tej

West Hollywood, 2016


"I like to look at life in two ways- light and heavy. Sometimes it's more appropriate to be a little light hearted when faced with obstacles, and sometimes the situation calls for more sincere action. The climate of today causes enough alarm for any person to feel an exigency for change towards a safer life. My biggest fear is losing my family and my freedom to be alive, and my aim is to create a bubble to protect those that I love."

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Bryson & Tej

West Hollywood, 2016

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Gracie

Echo Park, 2016


"I've never really been a person who's into politics, and this election has made me want to become more aware... Everyone has different views, and I've learned to respect that. I came into a situation where this guy that I was [close to], on the day of the election, he was like, 'Go Trump!' And I was like '[makes gasping noise] Please tell me you're just joking!' and he was like 'No, I'm actually serious.' Afterwards, I had to really do some questioning, just thinking like, okay, because he votes for Trump does that mean that he's a bad person? Does it mean that he's a racist, that he's not supportive of the LGBT? There are so many reasons that people are with Hillary, just like there are so many different reasons why they're with Trump, and I've really gotten to an open place. I can't expect for people to be so open about me and accepting of the way I live my life, so how can I be that judgmental about someone else and their different viewpoints? I've learned that it's really okay to agree to disagree... It doesn't mean that you have to change your opinion, but it does help you in the long run to open yourself up to the other party's perspective. I feel like it makes you a little bit more educated and well rounded."

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Mary

East Hollywood, 2017


"It's been a call to action after the election, of 'you know what, we need to take care of some things,' things that have been around for a very long time that we haven't been paying attention to... It's time to really, really meet these problems head on, the systemic issues that we face--the racism, the misogyny, the xenophobia that's been underground for too long and is now out in the open... We're not just gonna sit back and take it. We're not just gonna roll over and play dead, and I don't think [Trump] realizes that... It's not hopeless. It's not hopeless, it's just work. Don't lose hope. Don't give up the fight. You're not alone. We're doing this together."

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Fili

Westlake, 2016


"When I'm walking down the street, I try to be nice. I think it's more important than ever to be nice to people, everyone you meet... I believe in political activism, and I believe in love - in that I've got faith in love... But love can only take us so far. If you build a wall, we will tear it down, brick by brick."

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Dakota

Westlake, 2016


"Cultivating peace and compassion within my own heart is the most important step [towards change]. How else can we bring it to others? It's how you fight anger and oppression without becoming the very thing you're fighting against."

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Fil & Dakota

Westlake, 2016

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