The Rainbow Roots Project was founded in Chicago in March of 2011 by filmmaker Luiz Magana and journalist and author Patrick Duvall to create a safe space for LGBT couples to share their stories. We feel that it is our duty as the next generation of LGBT artists to document the lives within our community for future generations and for the world at large.
The foundation of LGBT culture is the love two people of the same gender can share. Rainbow Roots seeks to honor that by telling the story of the LGBT experience one couple at a time.
In the past few years there has been a seachange in the public perception of LGBT people in the United States. Television shows have LGBT characters, our stories get coverage in the press, and there’s been a trickle of pro-LGBT legislation on a federal and state level. There has been a proportionally large upswing of interesting in issues that affect the community, but there are still too few stories of real gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people actually living their lives.
It’s vital to the evolution of our community to share the stories that show the basic humanity in the way we live our lives with those not near a gay mecca, with straight folks not familiar with LGBT life, and with the generations that will come after us. We’ve reached a place in the United States where our voices are being heard. Now it’s time to show what are lives are really like, to restart the discussion on who we are as a community, and share with the world the beauty and diversity of LGBT life.
The Rainbow Roots Project seeks to create a picture of what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender in America. We want to share the love, laughter, and legacies of LGBT couples with the world, and we would very much like you to be a part of it.