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Don't Say Gay

Found Collection

Don't Say Gay | Triptych of Photos with Poem


May, 2022


Art in the Loft
Downtown Alpena, Michigan

Don’t Say Gay is based off the Florida bill by the same name. As a piece of Mitchel's recent project, found, this collection highlights the stories of minority bodies in the face of majority bodies “finding out” about current oppressive systems. He asks that those who feel discomfort while looking at the pieces question why. Why are you uncomfortable? How do you think the figure in the photos and within the narrative of “Reflections” feels when they are being labeled with the words causing that discomfort? Art tells a story, and Mitchel welcomes guests to see and read a piece of his. As a gay man, he hopes Don’t Say Gay will show young queer people that they don’t have to hide—that it is very okay to be, and say, gay.

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