What it comes down to is that after seeing these photos, there’s just no way you can’t feel better than you did a few minutes ago.
- Huffington Post
Barbara Proud’s First Comes Love (Soleil Press) is a book of photographs and love stories that celebrates the lives and enduring relationships of LGBTQ couples from across the U.S.
It is just one element of her First Comes Love Project, a traveling exhibition of photographs, love stories and video interviews documenting LGBTQ couples who have been together for 10, 20, 30, 40, and even 50+ years.
"First Comes Love is more than a book of beautiful photography, it's an essential document," says Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. "It testifies to a moment in history that all of us made possible and none of us will ever forget-when our community left the closet for good, and equality finally became a mainstream American value."