The Galluccio Family, one of twenty families featured in photos and text in the exhibit "Love Makes a Family," on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout September and October
The Galluccio Family, one of twenty families featured in photos and text in the exhibit “Love Makes a Family,” on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout September and October

Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead reopens for the 2015-2016 gallery season with a beautifully moving exhibit, “Love Makes a Family.” The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, from Noon-2 p.m.

“Love Makes a Family” is a photo-text exhibit featuring the images and words of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families. The exhibit consists of 20 museum-quality framed photographs accompanied by interview text panels. “Love Makes a Family” will be on exhibit throughout September and October.

Interviews by Peggy Gillespie and photos by Gigi Kaeser bring to life and light the experiences of diverse families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender adults, dads or moms, grandparents, and teens. Together, the words and images in “Love Makes A Family” make visible, in a positive way, the love and caring in these families. The exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thus making the world a safer place for all people.

The exhibit was created by Family Diversity Projects, a non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about issues related to the diversity of family life. Family Diversity Projects creates photo-text exhibits and books in order to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, name-calling, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, and mental or physical ability.

Because FDP is a not-for-profit organization, it requests a donation minimum from all venues, plus a commitment to cover the significant costs it incurs to ship the exhibit to the venue. Stetson Gallery will therefore be conducting a fund raising effort to raise the funds FDP has requested. Checks may be made payable to UUCM, with Stetson Gallery in the memo line. The co-curators appreciate all donations!

The exhibit is directly connected with the principles of UUCM, a certified Welcoming Congregation.

The opening reception for Love Makes a Family will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, from 12-2 p.m. Stetson Gallery is located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Monday), during church events, and during me&thee coffeehouse concerts. For further information, visit uumarblehead.org, or call 781-631-1215.

To inquire about exhibiting in Stetson Gallery, contact curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at Stetson@uumarblehead.org