Over the past two and a half years, Pride Portraits has become the largest LGBTQIA+ visibility campaign to date. Focusing on visibility, representation and humanization for our entire community. Under the direction of creator, Eric Edward Schell and a very small team of dedicated volunteers, the campaign has photographed and collected personal statements from 4,000 individuals around the country including Nobel Prize winners, Academy Award winners, Grammy Award winners, Emmy Award winners; the nations top political leaders, celebrities and social media influencers. Pride Portraits has partnered with the most influential LGBTQIA+ organizations as well as some of the worlds largest corporations, universities and bodies of U.S. Government. Pride Portraits has used social media, primarily Facebook, to push LGBTQIA+ visibility to the forefront. We have followers in 46 countries across the world. Nigeria, Russia, Taiwan, Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia where being LGBTQIA+ is either illegal or not culturally accepted. Being able to provide solace to those who aren’t free to be themselves is part of our mission.
In Pride Portraits first two years we have partnered with Facebook, Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, Equality Texas, NASA, FBI, SXSW, Chevron, Legacy Clinic, The Montrose Center, University of Houston, Gender Infinity, The Mahogany Project, Tout Suite, Houston Chronicle, GLSEN, ObjectRocket, Rackspace, TechBloc, Pride Houston Inc, Pride Center - San Antonio, RuPaul's Drag Race, TransMilitary, Story Hole, PFLAG, Fringe Salon, Houston City Hall, Point 5cc, Austin Pride, AIDS Foundation Houston, Pride Superstar, #DearPride, Spectrum South, Victory Fund and other organizations across the country.
Our work has been featured in Huffington Post, Reuters, Elle Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Yahoo! News, Good Housekeeping, Apple News, Outsmart Magazine, Refinery 29, Houston Chronicle, Spectrum South, Washington Post and NBC's Today Show.