Coming out can be painless for some, but stressful and even traumatic for others.
"It feels so strange to not tell your parents; as if you are hiding something. Theoretically, sexuality should be one part of a person; not their whole personality. If you take that part and put it aside, you should be fine. Unfortunately, that's not how it works. It's like living a dual life."
Through the combination of powerful imagery and quoted from participants, Sonalle delves into the complexities of how ethnic minority lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people reveal their sexual orientation for the first time. This book includes advice for people thinking of coming out.
Foreword by Dr Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Trust. Exhibition production was funded by UnLtd and Arts Council England.
The images from this book can be seen in the touring exhibition. For more details see www.sonalle.com
"Communicating what is frequently left unsaid; to deliver an insight into that detail we may not always perceive, or that we sometimes try to ignore" Sonalle thirsts for a deeper knowledge and understanding of universal life and society. She travelled for almost ten years through Europe, Asia and Latin America observing and participating in the kaleidoscope of cultures and sights encountered. Now driven by the desire to transform her journey, Sonalle is progressing, through her photographic narrative, in order to communicate what is frequently left unsaid; to deliver an insight into that detail we may not always perceive, or that we sometimes try to ignore. Sonalle has worked alongside numerous successful photographers in New York and Paris, coupled with developing several diverse photographic projects in selected intercontinental cities.