It’s International Coming Out Day coming October 11. A day to support all LGTBIQ+ community members to come out of the closet. But also to ask attention for all the places in the world where coming out is not accepted, LGTBIQ+ lifestyles and rights are marginalised at best, or criminalised at worst.

In an Amsterdam Rainbow Dress first, it was worn by proud Leather BLUF man Thomas at the Berlin Wall Gallery. This place represents the power of change when enough people set their mind to overthrow old rulings and conservative thinking.

We couldn’t think of a better place to display the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress worn by our leather friend Thomas. As a proud representative of the BLUF community, he is very aware of how fragile LGTBIQ+ rights are and why we have to fight for them every day.

At the invitation of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, this piece of art makes a statement on International Coming Out Day. To let everyone who doesn’t fit the mould know, you are not alone, you are loved and respected and change will come.

The Amsterdam Rainbow Dress is a living work of art. Made of all the national flags from countries where homosexuality is illegal, on penalty of imprisonment, torture or capital punishment. When a country adopts LGTBIQ+ inclusive legislation, the respective flag shall be replaced with a rainbow flag.

In the summer of 2020, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands invited the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress to be a part of the discussion around National Coming Out Day.

Photography by: Paul Green
Model: Thomas / LTHRGoodTimes

Also watch our other Berlin models:
Martini Cherry Furter / Berlin Wall Gallery
Fan Wu / Dutch Embassy Berlin