Solidarity & Co.
Pride 2017 celebrates standing together
It's been said that it's harder to hate someone once you've looked into their eyes. No matter the issue—be it race, sexuality, religion, gender—giving a face to the “other” brings prejudice down to a more personal level in a way where words often fall short. Seeing the hope in someone's eyes, witnessing the joy in their laughter: These have the power to refocus a blurry faceless fear into a fellow human, one with thoughts and dreams and the power to love just like everyone else. Trans people aren't just the persecuted in bizarre bathroom laws. Gay men aren't just famous actors. Lesbians aren't all Ellen DeGeneres. The people in the LGBTQIA community are your brother, your neighbor, the server at your local pub, the news reporters you watch on television every night, your best friend. In honor of Albuquerque Pride 2017's theme, Solidarity Through Pride, Weekly Alibi photographed various members of the local LGBTQIA community and those who support and love them in order to promote unity and visibility; to give a face to the people who are affected by senseless prejudice and to stand with them in their commitment to being fully and proudly themselves.