”Gay Kids – gay people were young once too” is the result of the encounter and collaboration between the photographer Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty, researcher Bera Ulstein Moseng, the leader of Gay & Lesbian Health Norway Rolf Martin Angeltvedt, the graphic designer Halvor Bodin and illustrator Emma Olsen. It was Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty that coined the original concept of the book and exhibition. It is an art project aiming to document a neglected part of modern Norwegian childhood history: the childhoods of grown up lesbian or gay persons. Gay Kids Norway emphasis is not on gayness per se. It is a book and exhibition about children made for children. By presenting research based knowledge, collecting and presenting numerous childhood photographs and childhood stories from three generations of grown up gay or lesbian persons; the book and exhibition promotes the concepts of non-discrimination, visibility and mutual respect among Norwegian children.
Gay Kids Norway – the book and exhibition would not have become a reality without the generous support from a number of foundations and public organisations such as the Freedom of Expression Foundation, the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training, the Norwegian Ministry of Children and Equality, the Government Grant for Artists, the Society of Free Photographers, the Institutional Photographers’ Association and the Museum of Cultural History. The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Directorate of Health have been supportive players throughout the whole project. Thanks are also due to UNICEF and their then Secretary-General, Kjersti Fløgstad.
The above drawing is of Bård Nylund, the leader of the Norwegian LGBT- organization LLH, as a child.