The Coming Out Letter I Never Wrote

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2013

Postcards, graphite, fixative, stamps

15.0 x 10.5 cm

Series of 11

The Coming Out Letter I Never Wrote is a project of distributing unsent or secret coming out letters from gay youth to unexpecting recipients in the form of a series of postcards. The postcards were mailed to their recipients in December 2013 although the texts on the postcards were collected through an online form from a group of anonymous web contributors around the world in November–December 2012. The online survey collected anonymous testimonies, stories and unsent letters from gay youth and the project seeks to expose snippets of thoughts and fears of gay people in a manner not unlike a family member coming out via a mailed letter. The recipients of the cards were not informed about the theme or the title of the project when they signed up to receive the mailing.