13LoveStories.com is a unique multimedia advocacy project that profiles the moving stories of thirteen couples whose lives were profoundly affected by Proposition 8 – the recent California ballot initiative that eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry. Read more…
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In the media campaign leading up to the hotly contested November 2008 vote, something essential was missing: images of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer couples whose relationships hung in the balance. 13LoveStories.com presents a series of short films that redress the absence of such images. Featuring real voices and personal photographs, the films provide direct access to a diverse cross-section of committed couples in and around Los Angeles.
The project began in late January 2009. London-based photographer Gideon Mendel made portraits of each couple along with still life pictures from their homes. UCLA students worked with the couples to unearth an array of snapshots from their personal archives. Creative editor Derrick Shore interviewed the couples and created short videos from the plethora of assembled materials. The videos were completed in mid-February, just in time to go live on Valentine?s Day. An outdoor exhibition version of 13LoveStories.com was launched at Bruin Plaza on the UCLA campus, March 5, 2009, the day that oral arguments in the case are presented to the California Supreme Court.
The project was directed by Mendel in collaboration with co-curators David Gere and Janna Shadduck Hernandez, professors at UCLA (University of California – Los Angeles), and it was produced by Bobby Gordon.
We would like to thank the team of UCLA students for their engagement and phenomenal commitment to this project.
All the members of the 13LoveStories.com team pay tribute to the courage of the participating couples, who allowed us into their lives with such generosity and openness. They have chosen to expose their private relationships to a wide public audience, hoping that their tales of love can help change attitudes and combat the injustice that they have all experienced through the passing of Proposition 8.
Santa Monica College – May 20th (Exhibition May 18)
The Abbey – May 26th
Hollywood United Methodist Church – June 7th (AM)
Royal Clayton’??s Pub – June 7th (PM)
Gay Day at KPFK – June 14, 9am-noon
SCME Marriage Action (UCLA) – May 7th
Santa Monica College – May 18th
Plummer Park Teach-in – May 9th
Downtown LA Art Walk – June 11th
LA Pride – June 12-14
Meet in the Middle (Fresno) – Sat. After Supreme Court Decision
Credits + Acknowledgements
Gideon Mendel – Photographer, Project Director
Couples / Student Collaborators
Steven and Glenn / Amanda Demetrus and Victor Leclere
UCLA Art | Global Health Center
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