Colourless is a series of photos that depicts the search to find where the LGBT community will fit in, in a society that has little tolerance and acceptance for them. The idea that they are all colourless, trying to find our own colour within society. Individuals within the LGBT community are still trying to find their colour, trying to find what’s okay and what’s not. Each individual in this photo project is either a friend or member of the LGBT community, continuously looking for their own place in society. Each photo is an expression of who they are and the person they want to be freely.
The abuse that the LGBT community faces in Malaysia is atrocious, especially coming from a country that is so beautiful with some of the friendliest people. From the public caning of two women in Terengganu to the removal of two portraits of LGBT activists in Malaysia in Morey Yameen’s photography exhibition in Penang, the LGBT community faces constant discrimination, all in the name of who they chose to love.
The mentality in Malaysia needs to change and the speed of that progression needs to quicken. By placing such a large community under the constant duress to conform to societal norms, this is creating a medley of psychological problems for people within the community, while putting their lives at risk of abuse and prosecution. In addition, the difficulty of growing up in an atmosphere that frowns upon your sexual or gender preference is something that continues to affect many adolescents today.
As such, COLOURLESS intends to highlight these individuals and the stories they have to tell in trying to find their footing in Malaysia as members of the LGBT community. This Malaysia Day, let us celebrate Malaysians for who they are, and set aside our differences in sexuality, gender, age, and race.
A collaboration w/ @cvpturesjohn