Giving voice to people through artistic outlets has been an integral part of pop-culture for decades upon decades – and still strikes as being an equally important notion today. Looking to empower women who love women with exactly that method, Berlin-based photographer and art director Rita Braz has founded the project “Q Revolt”, meeting and photographing more than 100 women over the last four years. Trying to subvert the stereotype of the “typical lesbian woman”, Rita made sure to include as many different women as possible in her project – and to reach as many people as possible with her message.
Setting up a kickstarter campaign in March, the Lisbon-born photographer has since turned “Q Revolt” into a just released book and subsequent exhibition in Berlin – and is determined to stop no time soon with showcasing a form of diversity still often overlooked when talking about inclusivity. Giving us a first insight into the book edition of “Q Revolt”, Rita has provided INDIE with a variety of shots and quotes of the women featured in her book – highlighting each of their personal stories and experiences as women who love women.
Destiny, 26 years old, American. Photos taken in NYC
“I was unhappy with myself and my life for a while but I have learned the invaluable truth of faith and intention and since my life and outlook has changed dramatically. I’m in the midst of a powerful transformation and can’t wait for the future, I want more people, especially women, to know about the depthless power we have within, and I want nothing more than to demonstrate that to people.”
Inês, 22 years old, Portuguese. Photos taken in Lisbon
“I’m sick and tired of hearing “You are too pretty to be a lesbian”. This is my revolt. This is why I’m here. If I was “too pretty” as they say that means that I only should be a option for men? Well, I’m sorry. Women also need good options.”
Dolly, 30 years old, British. Photos taken in Berlin
“I love women who step through life with the same confidence and bravery as Billie Jean King, the day she laid out Bobby Riggs on national TV in 1973.”
Elizabeth, 37 years old, American. Photos taken in NYC.
“Love is Love is love is love.”
Naára, 30 years old, Angolan. Photos taken in Lisbon
“It’s time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
Filipa, 25 years old, Portuguese. Photos taken in Porto
“Passionate sexism is no longer a trend.”
Saskia, 29 years old, German. Photos taken in Berlin
“Come out, stay out as a true ally, to all your sisters not just cis-ters, check your privilege no matter how you identify – listen, read, think, apply, repeat.”
Albina, 27 years old, Uzbek. Photos taken in Berlin
“Sure, I could tell you I am no longer a lesbian or that I am no longer attracted to women and am straight, or I could even tell you the moon is made of honey. I could tell you many things, but the moon will still not be made of honey, and I will still not be attracted to men.”