While conversations about LGBT politics in the United States tend to focus on marriage equality or media representation, far bigger problems for gays and queers exist on a global scale. Now, trans model Valentijn de Hingh and designer Mattijs van Bergen are making a powerful statement about the continued persecution of sexual minorities around the world.
Photographed by Pieter Henk, van Bergen has designed a flowing dress made entirely of flags from the 72 countries where homosexuality is illegal. The dress was worn by de Hingh at Amsterdam's Europride festivities. Shared on Instagram by de Hingh, the stunning image is now going viral:
As explained in the image's caption, the plan is to slowly replace each corresponding country with a rainbow flag as they reform their policies related to homosexuality. The hope is that the dress will some day be a complete rainbow.