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Artist Raphael Perez Celebrates GLBTQ Families
Posted by: Claude J. Summers on 11/30/11
Last updated on: 12/04/11
 
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In an extraordinary video downloaded to YouTube in 2009, Israeli gay artist Raphael Perez celebrates glbtq families. The video features photos of gay families and paintings by Perez. The music is "Raising My Family" by Steve Kekana.

As Alvin McEwen at his "Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters" blog observes, these are the families our enemies do not want the public to see: "It always amazes and angers me that every time organizations like Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, or the National Organization for Marriage talk about the importance of families, they conveniently omit same-sex families."

Perez, born in 1965, was raised in Jerusalem. He studied art at the College of Visual Arts in Beer Sheva, and since 1995 has been living and working in his studio in Tel Aviv.

He actively promotes glbtq art and culture in Tel Aviv. His artworks are part of private collections in Israel and abroad, and have been shown in several group exhibitions.

More information about Perez and more examples of his work may be found here: Raphael Perez.

 
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