Homosexuality is still illegal in 72 countries around the world.
Living in the United States, it is easy to forget about a lot of the unjust laws in other countries. We have our share of problems obviously, but we have also made great strides in terms of equality for the LGBT community. We can now get married and adopt children in all 50 states, and hopefully it’s only a matter of time before we can donate blood to help our fellow Americans out in times of crisis. For many LGBT people in other countries however, the future doesn’t look as bright. In 72 countries around the world, homosexuality is still illegal, and even punishable by death.
Valentijn de Hingh, a trans model, decided to do something about it, and was photographed wearing a dress made of the flags of those 72 countries where being gay can land you in jail, or worse.
She posed in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in the dress made my Dutch designer Mattijs van Bergen, and was photographed by Pieter Henke.
De Hingh also served as Europride’s first trans ambassador, so hopefully this photoshoot will help spread awareness to the injustices LGBT people face all over the world.
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