It seems that we live in an open-minded, modern, and emancipated world. It seems that LGBTQIA* people are widely accepted and visible in our society. Everybody talks about gender equality and homosexuality. We have introduced the third gender option in Germany and up to twenty European countries have legalized same-sex marriage. For this reason, coming out should be easier than in the past. But for many young people, it is not. Many of them still fear exclusion from society and the hostility they encounter. Why is there a procedure of Coming-Out at all? To which norm does the Coming-Out refer to?

With my series of portraits about teenagers and young adults, I would like to find out what it feels like to find your place in society when you are part of the LGBTQIA community. What makes it so difficult to be accepted and to be seen as normal?

Some of the photos were taken in collaboration with the group “Prisma – Queer Migrants in Hanover“ and were exhibited in 2019 in the “Ihme-Zentrum“ and the “Andersraum“ in Hanover.