Words Bare, an exploration of LGBTQ+ people’s experiences in society, is back for it’s third year, to be exhibited as part of Curious Festival in July, at Arc in Stockton. Mandy is gathering new content, looking for accounts of prejudice the community are still hearing, covering LGBTQ+ communities from different backgrounds. However big or small the comments, they are all relevant and will be part of the exhibition.
Please share your experiences by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
“We all have the right to be free from discrimination, and have the right to life, love and peace, safe from harm and challenges.” Amnesty International UK
Words Bare started in 2016. As a lesbian cis-gender women, I wanted to challenge prejudice I had faced in the modern world, simply for not moulding into a particular social expectation/role. Starting with my own experiences, I then collected wider research and stories from others that identify as lesbian. I wanted to put the lived experiences centre stage, and hold a mirror up to society.
Two years on, Words Bare has organically grown with research received from the wider LGBTQ+ communities. We are all beautifully unique in gender, sexuality and identity, but we have all been victims of prejudice.
The artwork aims for the viewer to question why these views are still present and vocalised today, and to encourage the movement towards social equality.
The project isn’t about dividing, it’s about creating an outlet for difficult experiences to be seen and heard. It is about solidarity and unity, trying to help those that may feel alone, less isolated.
Groups, individuals and organisations continue to work towards a world of diversity, inclusivity and equality, where people can live happily and peacefully.
I would like to thank the people who have shared their experiences-I have been in awe of the resilience, courage and humanity of the communities.