Artwork by Logan Hampsey

From Adi:

Han and I had the pleasure of creating Rain•bow for Professor McGuire’s LGBTQ+ Narratives class. What we hoped to depict in this video goes beyond the classroom. We wanted to show images of people from all walks of life; to show that there are more colors than the ones we are immediately able to see, and that is what makes the rainbow so beautiful. The fact that LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer, but the list doesn’t end there. The rainbow holds more than a million colors – but those hues have been condensed down to seven colors only. There are so many queer identities that we do not see in everyday life, whether that is due to a lack of representation in society, or a tentative embrace to underrepresented groups within the LGBTQ+ community. 

“The rainbow happens occasionally – only under certain conditions” is a metaphor relating to Pride itself, in which the LGBTQ+ community and allies gather together one month out of the entire year to celebrate queer identities, but still struggle to actually be themselves in a daily setting. There are millions of beautiful colors to celebrate every day of the year, so why is there a limit to the amount of love we should receive? How can we make an effort to stand together to show love and support to the LGBTQ+ community as well as BIPOC communities every day? We wanted our audience to ponder this question. It was a pleasure working with Han, we had so many rich conversations about the LGBTQ+ community and the issues surrounding it. Out of all the colors of the rainbow, I purple you. 

From Han:

When Adi and I got together to discuss our topic for this project, we found ourselves focused primarily on the fact there is a significant difference between LGBTQ+ images in the media and LGBTQ+ images in normal daily lives. The media misleads us on the social acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community. However, in reality we have yet to reach that stage. Contrary to the image in the media, we are still getting rejected for being who we are.

I think the LGBTQ+ flag of 6 colors is an ironic symbol. It represents diversity, yet at the same time it also categorizes diversity into 6 specific colors. It is the stereotypes of each sexual orientation, such as lesbians are tough women, or gay men are feminine. The flag started with a wonderful meaning. However, I think it is time that we start to include more colors into our spectra. It is time we recognize that we all can be a little bit of this or that. Each of us is not a color on a rainbow. We are the rainbow.I am happy that Adi and I met and worked together on Rain•bow. We were able to dive deep into so many meaningful conversations on LGBTQ+ issues. As purple is the final color of a rainbow, “I purple you” means we love you from the beginning to the end, regardless of your colors.

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