ArtsUnited’s “We Do, Too” gay marriage exhibition went mainstream last week with its display at the Broward Library — the first time its been shown outside of the LGBT community.
The show, which is displayed at Gallery 6 in the Broward County Main Library through June 30, displays photographs of gay couples who live in Florida, but went out-of-state to get married.
“We were committed to each other emotionally, and in every other aspect, and we wanted to get married just for the same reason that everybody else wants to get married,” said Amy Waxman, one half of a couple whose photo is featured in the exhibition. “You want everyone to know your commitment, and you want it to be public and recognized by everybody around you.”
The 27 couples who are featured were each given roses. Along with their photographs, couples also submitted an essay on why they chose to get married.
“We were coming up on our first anniversary, and I thought it was a good idea to surprise him [his husband] so I didn’t tell him that I had submitted his photo and an essay,” said Steven Guyer, who is featured in a photo with his husband Rodger Puhn. “We actually found out a few days before our anniversary so I surprised him with that and told him he was going to be in the exhibit.”
At last week’s opening reception, event coordinator, Guy Le Houx spoke about how he got involved in the project. He also talked about how he used to own a gelato shop in Miami when he met a man who gave him space for a gallery.
“One day, I had a beautiful courtyard, and I said, ‘I want to do more for the artist community, especially the gay artist community,’ so I did an event in the courtyard, and I filled up the racks with art. There were 20 artists,” Houx said.
His show eventually moved to Wilton Manors and began touring. The current exhibt marks the first time the show will be displayed outside of the LGBT community.
“I loved the thought of people going all over the continent to get married, and I thought a show with wedding pictures from the event would be really a special exhibition and a poignant message that here in Florida, none of our marriages are recognized,” said Dragulend Dublond, who is featured with his husband.
The show will continue touring and spreading its message throughout Florida, heading next to the Stonewall Museum in Wilton Manors.
SFGN CEO Piero Guidugli and his husband Tom Fillmore are featured in the exhibition. They held a marriage ceremony in Fort Lauderdale on May 20, 2012, but were legally married in Iowa.