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First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships Photographs by B. Proud from January 25 – March 5, 2018; reception on February 1

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships, an exhibition of photographs and love stories that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the U.S., will be on display January 25 - March 5, 2018 at the James W. Palmer ’90 Gallery.  A reception will be held on Thursday, February 1st, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.  The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

The brainchild of Philadelphia photographer Barbara Proud (aka B. Proud), this exhibition is just one element of the First Comes Love Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, love stories and video interviews documenting LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years.  Changing laws does not lead to acceptance. LGBTQ couples continue to face discrimination based on myths, prejudice, and popular misconceptions.

First Comes Love seeks to change attitudes and open hearts simply by introducing and sharing love stories of 65 real American long-term couples. By doing so, Proud hopes to educate those outside of the LGBTQ community, while celebrating those who are a part.

This event is sponsored by The Office of Campus Activities.  For hours or travel information, 845 437-5370

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Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 11, 2018