A new photographic series called “Beautiful LGBTI Women” isn’t just striking to look at: It also raises awareness for an important cause.
The black and white portrait series of female-identifying members of the LGBTQ community was created by Australian photographer, Lisa White, in association with BreastScreen Victoria to encourage more women in the community to get breast cancer checks.
White, who works under the name “The Social Photographer,” reached out to the LGBTQ community directly for help finding her subjects.
“We called for 20 women to participate and had 40 women respond,” she explained to Mashable over email, adding that the women were aged 26 to 76, however most participants were over 50 years old.
“We decided to photograph them all,” White said. “The women who volunteered told us they loved the idea of celebrating the diversity of LGBTI women and they wanted to support BreastScreen Victoria.”
BreastScreen’s CEO Vicki Pridmore said in a statement that the photographs will assure LGBTQ women the organisation’s staff “will provide inclusive services that understand their needs.”
The photographs have already received a rapturous reaction online. “The participants have been posting their images on social media and have been inundated with positive responses,” said White.
Art that fulfils an important need, while still being beautiful enough to hang on your wall? It’s a big yes from us.