Photographer Tim Walker's Gully Queens Series for LGBTQ Charity
on 18 May 2018
Since finding out about the prejudice against gay people in Jamaica, Tim Walker decided to photograph the country's Gully Queens for a good cause. In a 2015 survey, Jamaica's J-FLAG found that 93% of the population believed the statement "homosexuality is a sin," and because of this belief LGBTQ+ people are subject to all kinds of bad treatment. While many women suffer "corrective rape," members of the queer community in general are "disowned by family, threatened, stoned, attacked, and even shot, the Gully Queens are repeatedly evicted from spaces where they have sought refuge, and arsonists frequently set fire to their possessions." Walker has photographed portraits of Gully Queens in a way that is undeniably tender—and 30 signed prints will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Larry Chang Foundation which offers housing and support to homeless and at-risk members of the LGBTQ+ community in Jamaica.