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My Submission For The Memphis Ex-Gay Survivor Art Show

Daniel Gonzales

February 17th, 2008

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When I was growing up, being gay was never presented as a valid way to live my life. I found myself needing to unlock my sexuality which was a totally different type than what the world was offering and expecting of me. I was left confused, holding my sexuality, unsure of what to do with it.
The number used for the “combination” is the date on which I first came out to my mother, telling her I was gay but wanted to pursue ex-gay therapy.

Acrylic paint and Sharpie on wooden block and parchment craft paper
Nikon D70 @ 50mm, multiple exposures at 1/20 f8, ISO 400
Natural illumination supplemented with halogen work lamps


Just a reminder “Deconstructing The Ex-Gay Myth, A Weekend Of Action And Art” is next weekend in Memphis. For a full schedule of events click here.



Emily K
February 17th, 2008 | LINK

You have a combination but it won’t open locks that require keys. Good metaphor.

Daniel Gonzales
February 17th, 2008 | LINK

Yep, glad you got it. I wanted to come up with something that most people could grasp the meaning of without it being cliche.

February 17th, 2008 | LINK

good one.

February 5th, 2010 | LINK

That is a very intresting metaphor…it’s sad to me that you felt that way…Feeling trapped and not having an easy ways out..being gay is not a entrapment…it’s just simply being who you are…By denying being are trapping yourself in a shell that you may never be free from…

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