PHOTOS: Gay Soldiers Ask And Tell In New Portrait Project

It’s been a little more than a year since gay and lesbian servicemembers were allowed to step out of the shadows. And artist Tatjana Plitt wants to give them their due.

She’s working on a photo project that will chronicle same-sex couples in the military, and hopefully raise awareness about how gay soldiers and their families arestillstruggling under the yoke of to the Defense of Marriage Act.

The irony,” says Plitt, “is that these soldiers are fighting for the very freedoms they themselves cannot enjoy.”

By documenting same-sex military couples, she adds, “we have the chance to fully acknowledge their humanity, dignity and love for each other.”

Plitt hopes to shoot at least  50 couples by next July, and she’s created a Kickstarter campaign to help defray travel and production costs. So far, she’s raised just $3,743 of her $12,000 goal. With the deadline on Christmas Eve (awww), there’s no time to waste.

If you’re worried about being on Santa’s naughty list, a donation to the cause would certainly help you get back in his good graces.