Adam Zivo is the founder and director of LoveisLoveisLove. He is handling overall direction, messaging, and development of the scholarship program. Adam brings nearly a decade of professional content production experience, with several well-known brands on his client roster. Adam’s background in content production and LGBTQ+ advocacy is complemented by his work in geopolitical analysis and partnership brokerage for the NATO Association of Canada. He is also a Master’s candidate at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.
Michael Jackman is overseeing LoveisLoveisLove's expansion into Mississauga, Canada, in 2019. By developing satellite activations in Mississauga, Michael furthers the campaign's focus on suburban engagement and working outside traditional nodes of LGBTQ+ activism. Michael is a Master's candidate at the Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. His policy interests include equity and education. He brings years of experience at the University of Toronto Campus in Mississauga in student governance, community organizations, and engagement in local politics.
DOCUMENTING LGBTQ+ PEOPLE AT PRIDE
LoveisLoveisLove partners with Pride Festivals to produce publicly accessible photo booths where community members can get their own LLL-style photos. Through our booths we've been able to photograph thousands of LGBTQ+ folks, constituting one of the largest documentations of LGBTQ+ people in history.
PUBLIC ART INSTALLATIONS
LoveisLoveisLove uses its archive of images to produce large-scale public art installations. We focus on creating installations in spaces frequented by wide cross-sections of society, so we can engage people who aren't already on board with LGBTQ+ rights. We want LGBTQ+ folks to feel recognized and validated, while helping moderately prejudiced people reevaluate their preconceptions about the community.
QUEERING STEM SCHOLARSHIP
With the support of Canadian businesses, we've launched a new scholarship program to support LGBTQ+ highschool students who want to study in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math). It's not as easy to be LGBTQ+ in STEM. There's less visibility and representation relative to cultural and political spaces. We want to change that by supporting young LGBTQ+ leaders who can be exemplars for queerness in STEM.
$2,0000 PER SCHOLARSHIP
APPLY FROM NOV 1 2019 - JAN 26 2020
The Queering STEM Scholarship program is a new initiative by LoveisLoveisLove. The scholarship addresses gaps in LGBTQ+ visibility in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math). We recognize that LGBTQ+ people tend to be less visible in these fields compared to other fields, such as culture or politics. For youth entering STEM, it may be hard to find role models or support. While in the past few years progress has been made in diversifying acceptance across different professional sectors, most notably with LGBTQ+ tech initiatives, there is still work to be done.
We want to support two upcoming LGBTQ+ leaders who want to work in STEM. This scholarship is all about that. Do you think that you would be a good fit for this program? Come and apply! All of our information is in the application package below.
Queering STEM was made possible through the support of numerous Canadian businesses. The initial seed funding was raised through a collaboration with Peace Collective, the iconic Canadian clothing brand. Our scholarships were then beefed up through a partnership with Mongrel Media and Meridian Credit Union, who worked together to put together a charitable film premier of the film Giant Little Ones. Finally, the scholarship is administrated through a partnership with ScholarTree, an Ontario-based startup innovating in scholarship management.
See our fundraising recap video with Mongrel Media
LoveisLoveisLove was founded in 2016 in response to the Orlando Pulse Shooting. Originally based in Toronto, the project has grown into a regional campaign, serving Ontario and Quebec. The campaign is run by a small and decentralized team of LGBTQ+ young professionals. We focus on incremental change and institutional engagement, with a particular interest in engaging spaces that are currently under-serviced by traditional nodes of LGBTQ+ activism.
LoveisLoveisLove is an LGBTQ+ advocacy campaign. We run a constellation of initiatives that are tied together by our signature initiative -- two people interpreting the theme "love is love". Our focus is on spreading positive images of the LGBTQ+ community, with a focus on increasing visibility in spaces where LGBTQ+ issues may not be well-understood. We then use our visibility to partner with businesses to provide opportunities and services to the community.
WHAT WE DO
A CAMPAIGN CELEBRATING
THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY
500,000+ PEOPLE ENGAGED
2,000+ PEOPLE PHOTOGRAPHED
MAJOR ART INSTALLATIONS
1x SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The core of our campaign is accessibility, participation, and inclusivity. We want to make sure that, if we're producing art about the community, the average community member has a real opportunity to be a part of that. To that end, we partner with Pride Festivals to produce on-street photo booths where community members can drop by and get their own LLL photo. It's simple: come by with a partner or friend and be photographed interpreting the theme "love is love". We collect every participant's best photo into a massive album, which we publish on our Facebook and website. We then give prizes to the community members in the most popular photos. We do this to incentivize people to share our content and flood social media with socially-positive LGBTQ+ representation.
While we tend to showcase romantic relationships, we're not exclusionary and accept anyone into our photo booth, so long as there are two people per photo. You can drop by with a friend, a family member, or even an arch-nemesis. We also accept all gender expressions and orientations, including straight allies (though we're careful to operate only in spaces that are distinctly LGBTQ+). Our goal is to show the full diversity of the LGBTQ+ people and their interpersonal relationships.
We encourage people to engage with the booths in whatever way is most comfortable and meaningful to them. For example, we've found that some trans individuals take this as an opportunity to showcase their scars in a way that might not otherwise be possible.
SEE PAST PHOTO COLLECTIONS
WATCH THE LAUNCH OF THE SCARBOROUGH SIGN, A PARTNER PROJECT
QUEERING STEM SCHOLARSHIP
IN THE MEDIA