“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
Thousands of flowers have been placed throughout downtown NYC to celebrate queer inventiveness and resilience during the 50th anniversary celebrations of Stonewall. Please pick one, place it where you think it will be meaningful in your community and share a story with us, including an image of where you have placed the flower, if possible. Queerness takes all kinds of forms and it’s everywhere. Show it off.
If you aren’t at Pride, no worries. Upload a story to our site (or send us one via e-mail if you’re the shy type) and as long as you include your mailing address, we’ll send you a flower in the color you choose free of charge, plus a second flower to share with a friend. Get people talking, don’t keep your stories to yourself, blanket your neighborhood with flowers. We’ll map the stories to the flower locations you share, so people everywhere can not just read your stories but see where in the world you’ve opted to plant a little personal fabulousness. Share the love.
From running story workshops, to network building across the world, as developers, hosts, and producers of queer media, and through our work with emerging artists, UNDERexposed is cultivating queerness everywhere and in every cowboy boot wearing, sequined minidress, and batting false eyelash way we can.
If you’d like to help us continue this work, you can purchase a flower on our site. Give it away or keep it for yourself. Display your flower with pride in the neighborhood or keep it tucked away on that shelf where you keep all your other meaningful secret things. We celebrate our community members, however they manage to express their queerness.
The Flower Project
Conceived by Sean Eve in Florence, Italy, in 2012 in response to an increased attacks directed at the LGBTQ community, “faggot flowers”, as they were originally called, were meant to signal the resilience of a queer presence in the landscape and to brighten specific corners of the city cast into shadow by acts of violence. In their current form, the flowers provide an opportunity for individuals, their friends, family and allies to honor the many ways queerness enriches our world. Offering a means to share stories and testimony through the associated website, the physical placement of the flowers provides a way to map the richness and diversity of queer lives across the global landscape in real time.