There have been many great strides in the fight for equality for the LGBTQ community. In 2015, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states in a landmark ruling. That same year, the Republic of Ireland also made same-sex marriage legal. England, The Netherlands, Canada, and France also now have rules that allow same-sex couples to get married.
But there are still many countries where same-sex marriage is not allowed. In some places, homosexuality is illegal to begin with.
Many have been vocal about this issue, and are working toward positive change to make for a more accepting global social environment.
Among those who have been vocal are fashion designer Mattijs van Bergen and artist Oeri van Woezik, who have used their creativity to draw attention to the fight for equality around the world. With the help of the COC Nederland, an organization for LGBT men and women, and a team of photographers, videographers, they came up with a visually arresting statement.
They created a dress out of flags where homosexuality is banned.
The dress features 72' flags, and photographer Pieter Henket pointed out on Instagram that in 12 of the 72 countries represented, you can get the death penalty for being gay.
The finished dress was displayed at the Het Rijksmuseum in front of "The Night Watch" painting by Rembrandt during Euro Pride in Amsterdam. It was modeled by trans model and Europride's first trans ambassador Valentijn de Hingh.
The dress is equal parts beautiful yet shocking. To see all of the flags together in one place is a visual representation of how far we need to go in the fight for equality.
But the campaign has a message of positivity behind it, as it is meant to show the beauty of what is to come when we start being more accepting of the LGBTQ community: De Hingh wrote on Instagram, "Every country that changes its legislation will have its flag replaced by a rainbow flag. Let's hope this dress will represent a patchwork of rainbows sooner rather than later!"
That would be one of the prettiest rainbows the world has ever seen.
(H/T: Cosmopolitan UK)