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Amy Mayes is an LGBT rights activist and straight ally changing mainstream imagery by increasing the visibility of the LGBT community.

Why - People should not be discriminated against based on who they are or who they love. Equality for every person is an innate human and civil right, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  My goal is to promote awareness for LGBT equality and challenge stereotypes, while documenting the modern LGBT rights movement.

Background - Before becoming a photographer, I received a master’s degree in criminal justice followed by a ten-year stint as a federal probation officer. Empowered by an overwhelming sense that I should be helping to change the rules, instead of enforce them, I started this business.

Beliefs - I believe in the power of an image, in shaking up the status quo, and that anything is possible. I believe that a compelling photograph is an important tool for social and political change and the most effective way to deliver a message.

Inspiration - I’m inspired by my grandmother whose art, vision, and strength of purpose became the foundation of Amy Mayes Photography long before its existence.

Based in New York City, I also co-own a media company with my husband. I’m on the board of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). I’m also a member of Professional Women Photographers (PWP) and the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce New York (NGLCCNY).

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