That month [Liz Bradbury] conceived a new lobbying project. The former woodworking teacher and neon-glass sculptor began photographing committed same-sex couples in the greater Lehigh Valley. Then she exhibited the portraits, along with key statistics (according to the 2000 U.S. Census, homosexual partners have more than 1 million children together), at key sites: colleges, theater companies, corporations, the Allentown branch of the Metropolitan Community Church, a national gay-friendly congregation. The largest number of pictures, 139, in the exhibit "Facing Inequality" are being displayed in the homiest setting: Gabellini Design, a home-decor store in a brick house built in 1929 as a butcher's shop in Allentown's residential West End.
"I like to hear people look at the photos and say: "You know, this is a friend of my mom's, this is my teacher, this is my pediatrician, these are my neighbors,"' says Bradbury. "It's important to see real people when you're talking about rights for a minority group that's faceless. That's why the show is called "Facing Inequality.' Here -- here are the faces."