Kevin here, creator of the Gay Men Project, and I wanted to take a moment to send all of you a note and ask for a little advice. First off, thank you for your continual support of the Gay Men Project. Believe it or not, I started this project over six years ago, and the blog nearly four years ago. Since then, we’ve photographed over seven hundred individuals across eighty-six cities in thirty-seven countries and six continents. I think that’s quite an accomplish that we can all be proud of. And when I say ‘we,’ I mean you and me. This project is built on the support each one of you have given me, as I’ve devoted the past four years of my life to documenting the experiences of gay and queer men around the world.
You’ve all visited this website nearly a million times from two-hundred-and-twenty countries and territories around the world. You’re visiting from places like Iraq, Syria, Estonia, Brazil, Mexico, Namibia, Mongolia or Sri Lanka. This is something all of us have built together, and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of this project and this journey.
That said, I want to ask you what direction you want me to take the Gay Men Project. This is our project, and I think we either need to finish it and give it the proper finish it deserves, or we need to take it in a direction where it can continue to have its place and relevance in the fight to promote a kinder and more understanding world for all us.
From a very personal standpoint, dedicating myself to this endeavor for the past four years has been an amazing and life changing experience. But as you can imagine, it’s been quite exhausting. Sometimes physically, but mostly, emotionally. I can honestly say I’ve given all of myself to this work for the past four years, and there are times where I’d like to move on to a more well-rounded life.
But if you tell me you continue to see a value in this project and the work we’re doing, I’ll continue to do it. But I need to hear it. I need to explicitly ask you to tell me if this project has value in your life. Being the creative and sensitive person that I am–always full of self doubt–I’m at a point in my life where I need some affirmation that this work I’ve given my entire heart to has purpose. So that I can continue to feel that I have purpose.
So if this is the case, please let me know. I’m asking you, as a friend. email@example.com