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Pridecast: Advocacy Through Art with Eric Edward Schell, Founder and President of Pride Portraits

Hey Everyone! Welcome to Episode Eleven of the Darn Good Life Podcast. For those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of the LGBTQ+ community! June is Pride Month, and to celebrate, I’ll be posting new episodes every single week in a special segment called Pridecast! I have some great topics and special guests planned for you all month long.

Today, I’ll be sitting down with Eric Edward Schell.

Eric is the Founder & President of National LGBTQIA+ visibility campaign, Pride Portraits.

Eric is an activist and photographer whose work has been featured in People Magazine, The Advocate, Gay Star News and other national publications. Eric has worked exclusively with the social media platform, Facebook, to promote visibility for the LGBTQIA+ community by appearing on internationally broadcast panels and making personal appearances discussing their work within the LGBTQIA+ movement.

They’ve photographed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Laverne Cox, Hillary Clinton, Beto O’Rourke, Karamo Brown, Aydian Dowling, Lance Bass, and many others.

Pride Portraits has been nationally recognized and partnered with Facebook, FBI, NASA, Chevron, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, PFLAG, Victory Fund and Equality Texas among many other organizations and universities.

It is my pleasure to welcome Eric to the show.

  • 1:00: Eric’s backstory prior to founding Pride Portraits, including their experiences in school, and moving to New York.
  • 10:00: When Eric’s life turn a dramatic turn for the better after moving to Houston.
  • 11:40: How Eric came to fall in love with photography as a therapeutic art form.
  • 14:45: How Eric’s photography transformed into activism.
  • 16:30: What inspired Pride Portraits, and how it was birthed from the tragedy of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida.
  • 21:15: Why telling our narrative as LGBTQIA people is so important.
  • 22:19: How Pride Portraits has evolved over the past four years.
  • 27:00: How Facebook approached Eric and gave them a platform to share Pride Portraits, amplify LGBTQIA voices, and build community.
  • 32:37: The most memorable figures Eric has photographed.
  • 39:47: The gender binary and why society struggles with people identifying as anything other than male or female.
  • 45:50: The work still left to be done to achieve true equality.
  • 47:30: How we can be better allies and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
  • 51:40: A lesson in white fragility.
  • 58:55: Why the media and large organizations need to normalize and better represent marginalized communities.
  • 1:00:00: Where you can find more information on Pride Portraits: https://www.prideportraits.org/
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