When the US Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage on June 26 last year, Portland photographer Gia Goodrich wanted to celebrate with the couples affected. “That was such an amazing, exciting, wonderful day,” she says, “Being a photographer, it seemed like a fun thing to do, to offer to make a free portrait of them.”
The response was overwhelmingly positive. Dozens of couples wanted in, and Goodrich thought it would be “really incredible” to make an archive of the photographs, adding narratives from the couples themselves. She sees it as a way to help “people now understand what those relationships are like, and also in the future to understand what our current moment in time was and our relationship to these types of marriages.”
Pretty soon, Goodrich found herself with portraits of—and stories from—40 different couples. Enough, she thought, to make a book and an exhibition. To fund it all, she created a Kickstarter campaign, which has so far raised over $11,000.
Whatever happens with the fundraising, she’s already got plans to broaden the scope of the project, hoping to travel across the country to keep adding stories and portraits of LGBTQ couples she meets.
“To me what’s incredibly important—especially in our current political climate, where a lot of the strides we’ve already made are being challenged and there’s a lot of hateful rhetoric going on—is to create this type of positive visibility,” she says. “Not only to create a dialogue in education, but also to help LGBTQ youth understand and know that they’re totally lovable, which is sometimes not the message that they get.”
Photo by Gia Goodrich