Inside the Black Triangle
A photojournalist series and community exploring queer people beyond societal stereotypes
Inside the Black Triangle was created with the intention to share the struggles, joy, heartbreak, confusion and diverse experiences of queer people living in a heteronormative world. Sharing stories leads to relatability, compassion and hopefully acceptance. Not only is empathy necessary outside the LGBTQ+ community, but now more than ever, equality is needed within the community.
Personal observations led me to the conclusion that queer women are mimicking the gender hierarchy. Butch and androgynous women are thought to be more prestigious, while feminine women are less than. Not only do feminine women find themselves defending their sexuality to heterosexuals, but they are often forced to prove themselves to their own community.
After meeting with over 50 women I noticed that the queer community conforms to the race hierarchy. Oftentimes the community is segregated into different races and nationalities. Acceptance and equality starts from within. Inside the Black Triangle has grown into a community in which women support each other and find inspiration to live authentic lives.