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.

As a trans woman, Fan Wu has experienced discrimination and the difficulty of acknowledging who she is. She found the courage to let herself grow into her true self. 

Now, while wearing the Amsterdam Rainbow Dress, she encourages people in the LGBTQIA+ community to speak about their stories so real experiences can be shared. It only works if we together with our allies (cis men and women) actively participate in reshaping the current system. 

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: Fan Wu

Also watch our other Berlin models:
Martini Cherry Furter / Brandenburger Tor
Thomas / Berlin Wall Gallery