“I waited until the end of my school years before coming out, it seemed impossible to me at that time.”
Niklas describes his personal implication in this project as a refreshing look into the present where things like ‘coming out’ do not carry the same fear or stigma that he faced growing up. In conversations with Lorenzo during the photoshoot, the model was clear: he identifies as a gay man who likes to appear androgynous since he was 13 years old. He never really came out, just embraced who he was and today wears what is comfortable.
‘I waited until the end of my school years before coming out, it seemed impossible to me at that time. Then I surrounded myself at the beginning with a very similar circle of friends. Versus what I see in Lorenzo’s experience, for example, having a very mixed group of people where your identity is not anymore in question or judgment, and that is something great I look upon to’, explains Niklas.
Through Generation Q, Niklas Förster aims to capture the determination and beauty of a younger generation that lives in the open spectrum of gender identity. Facing the struggles of their own era, they also battle towards more inclusion and diversity. This time not feeling alone and finding more understanding in a society that slowly tries to keep walking forward.