About WWP

This is a gay issue.
This is a straight issue.
This is a Human Rights issue.

Download WWP Media Kit:
https://wwpproject.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/wwp-media-kit2.pdf

Project Summary:

One year documenting gay pride parades around the globe to bring a spotlight on the Gay Rights movement.

Project Concept:

“Gay people, we will not win our rights by staying silently in our closets…We are coming out.” – Harvey Milk, gay activist and martyred San Francisco official.

Each year gay pride festivals are held around the globe with the purpose of empowering those in the LGBT community to be proud of their sexual orientation & gender identity, and to increase their visibility within the wider community.  Annual pride parades have become a powerful part of these pride festivals, as they are a positive and entertaining way to unite a diverse group of people, while bringing out family, friends, and heterosexual supporters in a demonstrative show of solidarity.

The Walk With Pride (WWP) project was created to  spend a year photographing a variety of pride parades from well-established marches to grass-roots festivals, in order to capture imagery that visualizes the similarities and differences in gay rights and gay communities around the world.  Through social media we aspire to share our experiences, and promote the issues the global gay community is facing.  We hope to breakdown the misconception that this is only a gay issue, when really, it is a basic human rights issue.

WWP Co-Founders:

Charles “Chad” Meacham (Project Photographer)

Charles was born just outside of Philadelphia, PA, and began traveling immediately after high school.  He picked up a camera at the age of 30, and has since been privileged to win over 20 international awards including those from National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, and PDN magazines.  The idea for this project was sparked after months of following the recent debates in America on gay rights issues in the news, and photographing the 2009 Taipei Pride event, one of the largest pride parades in Asia.

For other examples of his work visit: http://www.charlesmeacham.com

Sarah Baxter (Project Coordinator)

Sarah Baxter is the contact person/organizer for this project.  Born in Athens, Ohio, Sarah enjoys traveling, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, NE Thailand, North Africa, Taipei Taiwan, and most recently in New York City.  Previous writings by Sarah have focused on the idea of ‘responsible tourism’ and have featured on the community pages of LonelyPlanet.com, EthicalTraveler.org, and WildAsia.net.

Sarah and Chad in Taipei, Taiwan, November 15th 2009

Sarah and Chad in Taipei, Taiwan, November 15th 2009

Itinerary:

Early Prides
Oct. 31, 2009 (Taiwan Pride – Taipei, Taiwan)
Dec. 5, 2009 (Manila Pride – Manila, Philippines)
Mar. 7, 2010 (Sydney GL Mardi Gras – Sydney, Australia)

May

8 May, 2010 (Baltic Pride – Vilnius, Lithuania)
15 May, 2010 (Slavic Pride – Minsk, Belarus)
22 May, 2010 (GayFest ’10 – Bucharest, Romania)
29 May, 2010 (Moscow Pride – Moscow, Russia)

June
5 June, 2010 (Athens Pride – Athens, Greece)

12 June, 2010 (1st Trans Pride – Istanbul, Turkey)
19 June, 2010 (Zagreb Pride – Zagreb, Croatia)
26 June, 2010 (Sofia Pride – Sofia, Bulgaria)

July
3 July, 2010 (London Pride – London, England)
10 July, 2010 (Budapest Pride – Budapest, Hungary)
17 July, 2010 (Europride – Warsaw, Poland)
31 July, 2010 (Jerusalem Pride – Jerusalem, Israel)

Disclaimer:

This photography project is a respectful effort to promote the vibrant atmosphere of pride parades, while detailing the stories behind the marches.  We understand the gay community is a very vast and diverse group of people, with varying opinions on terminology.  For this project we will primarily be using the short umbrella term “gay,” as we believe it might be more recognizable than LGBTQQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual), and easier to type.  However, this is just a linguistic choice, as we would like this project to encourage pride in those of all sexual and gender orientations.

4 responses to “About WWP

  1. Sarah and Charles, I am overwhelmed by the goals and unselfush accomplishments of your project. I am very grateful for your coming to photograph our 15th year Pride March, Charles, and gpt upyou, Sarah, for recoding our story for posterity. You guys are amazing.

  2. I love the concept of your blog! Good luck, have fun and Happy PRIDE!!!

  3. Pingback: Eiropas Parlamentā atklāj foto izstādi par praidiem Eiropā – skapis.eu

  4. Hello,
    here is our video against homophobia

    Thank You
    Fred & Alex

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