About

The Gay Men Project is a personal project by New York based photographer Kevin Truong. It is one of the single, largest collections of photographs and stories of gay and queer men in the world. With over seven hundred subjects photographed across 90 cities, 37 countries, and six continents, Truong has photographed a wide diversity of subjects, including the first openly gay member of Congress in Peru, members of Parliament in Brazil, Switzerland, and Australia, HIV outreach workers in South Africa, a retired Justice from the Australian High Court, even a prince in India.

The work has been recognized internationally, by such esteemed news outlets as NBC News in the United States, Le Monde in France, and OGlobo in Brazil.

In Truong’s own words:

“This project is simple. Basically I’m trying to photograph as many gay men as I can. My goal is to create a platform, a visibility on some level, and a resource for others who may not be as openly gay. A visual catalog of gay men and their stories. When I think of my own experience, and all the time I spent in the closet and hiding the fact that I was gay–to be at a place now where I feel completely comfortable being on the blog and telling the world “Hey, I’m a gay man,” I think there’s a power in that, for me and for a lot of the men on the blog. So it’s kind of a numbers game, I think the more men I photograph, the more impact the project has.

My dream is to take the project to as many different cities as I can across the world.”

If you would like to participate please contact:

kevin@kevintruong.com

To see some of his other photography work, please visit his personal website at:  www.kevintruong.com

The Gay Men Project: the First 338 Portraits from The Gay Men Project on Vimeo.

46 comments

  1. Patti Kuche

    What a great collection of photos! Came here to comment because I found it impossible to single out the “likes.”
    Obviously I am not a gay man, all I am is “me” which is as much as any of us can hope to be.
    All best to you with your project!

    • thegaymenproject

      Hey Patti, thanks for the message. I think that’s beautiful what you just said, “all I am is ‘me”” I love it. And I completely agree with you, in that’s all we can hope for. I guess that’s what I’m trying to strive for with this project, doing what I love (photography), while meeting others who share a common thread with me (being a gay man) but ultimately are just who they are. Themselves. :) xoxo!! kev

  2. Josefina Apollonia

    Great photography, and inspiring writing. I really like your work, and the way your work has a message and comes to expression in the texts. I should really send the url of this blog to some friends of mine, I think they can learn a lot something solely by reading your posts.

  3. Mai

    Thanks for the wonderful collection of photographs, and more importantly, the stories behind it! I stumbled on this website via Buzzfeed and sent the link to my family and friends. My brother, who’s gay and Vietnamese, has yet to come out. But upon seeing the photographs and reading the stories, his eyes were brimming with tears. The reality is that it’s hard to reconcile the identities one hold, and I’m glad that you have this blog up, because while I know my brother might not want to claim his “gay” identity, he is grateful of this artistic depiction of gay men (as told to me in Vietnamese).

  4. Daniel

    I found tnis page and crie, findind that im not alone, that its dificult but not imposibul to get out and say without fear im gay.
    Thanks so much i will do it

  5. Vivienne

    Congratulations on this wonderful project Kevin! I came to your website via Nguoi-Viet.com. I read yours and your Mom’s stories. Her story moved me to tears. I like these personal stories and photos that you’ve shared on your blogs. My friend from college is a gay man. He has taught me so much in term of appreciation for our share love of performance arts. I love and appreciate my friend to pieces. I know that my life is more fulfilling with him in it and I feel thankful for that. You, my friend, along with so many others has contributed so much to the world and has yet to fully receive what you should from it. I continue to hope that all the rights that belongs to individuals like myself will be given to you in the not so far distant future. You deserve the best of everything – freedom to live, learn, create, share, be happy. Thank you for creating this amazing platform! Wishing you all the best as you continue to do great work and make your life count. Shout out to all those featured in your project too!

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  7. Jem

    I just want to say thank you for this project and what you are doing. It is heart-warming and encouraging to see how gay men everywhere have struggled and in many cases won through to victory and joy in their lives. It is especially encouraging to someone like me who lives in a very homophobic country and cannot live open as a gay man.

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  10. James

    This was a truly inspired idea! I simply adore all of the photos. Congratulations on your success. I can’t wait to see what comes next. You are truly gifted. :)

  11. Rodrigo Peroni

    Wow. Such an inspiring, sincere and humble project! This is the reason why Art exists: to show us that there’s much more to see in this life, and that the world is greater than we suppose. Congratulations! (From Brazil)

  12. rodrigo

    Lovely.
    Every now and then I come back to your project and it always makes me smile, and I guess smiling is the first sign of happiness.
    Thanks and cheers from Vienna.

  13. John Mulholland

    What a wonderful gift is this project. You are remarkable, Kevin Truong! So very moving to see so many of us — gay men — showcased on camera, out and proud. I live in NYC, a gay senior, and this has me thinking about contacting Kevin.

  14. James Murphy

    Thank you for sharing. Self acceptance and allowing our true selves to shine is key for all people, and this has been made very challenging for gay people … However we are getting there and work like yours is a part of that journey! Hugs from Sydney Australia!

  15. Martin wise

    Abused from 11, working the street till 18, thought being gay was going to get me killed early in my life, nothing but violence and more abuse, met a boy from Darwin, picked me up, taught me the difference between right & wrong, we just had our 28yr anniversary, heart broken, now happy. I’m ok with being gay now because people like u give men like me something positive to see in life, ta! Martin & David,

  16. Higor

    Man what a good resource of stories! I’m a graphic designer in Rio and I am in my last year of school. I was looking for references to my final project, which is about Homosexuality and Cristianity, and I found your beautiful project. It encourages me and somehow give me strengh to go forward. Thanks for this! Greetings from Rio!

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