Lucian Wintrich is a New York-based photographer who wanted to fuse right-wing politics and pop culture. So he created a photo series called “Twinks for Trump;” think of it as Breitbart meets gay Tumblr.
The pictures premiered at the pro-LGBT “Wake Up!” party after the Republican National Convention and were so shocking that they were featured in Rolling Stone, IJ Review, and Broadly.
Wintrich told Red Alert Politics that he felt compelled to create the photo series because the left has dominated the arts.
“I think that right now it’s relatively asinine that a lot of people equate the left with arts and culture when in fact there are just as many on the right side of the spectrum. The only difference is right-wingers in the art are politically closeted,” Wintrich said.
The photographer said he used the time with the models, all of whom were gay, to discuss politics and why LGBT people have a natural home in the Republican Party and should support Donald Trump.
“Throughout the shoot, we talk about politics,” Wintrich said. “A lot of them, to be completely honest, as well as gay people in general are not as opposed to Trump as the media shows. After a conversation with them, they’ll come to and say that the Republican nominee is better on gay issues than Hillary Clinton.”
Even so, she is still supported by LGBT activists because she is a Democrat.
Wintrich said that the anti-gay wing of the Republican Party is small and gets more press than they’re warranted. The GOP is much more LGBT-friendly than it is perceived by the media. Part of that is thanks to Trump.
“There’s a perception that the Republican Party is not gay friendly, but that’s not correct,” Wintrich said. “It’s a small percentage of that party. If you talk to anyone on the right under 30, they shun the anti-LGBT segments of the Republicans Party.”
The photographer says he’s not done shocking people with pro-Trump imagery, and has a new display in New York City in the fall.
“I’m collaborating with artists and Republicans to do more art projects and gallery shows. There’s so much room in the conservative movement to embrace the arts and culture,” he said. “I think that projects like this and speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos are making the party more accessible, entertaining, and fun. They’re showing that conservatives have a sense of humor.”
Right-wingers have been praising Wintrich for his daring and thought-provoking photos. Some of the best praise he’s earned is from Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders.
“He [Geert] complimented the project, and told me that I was a fantastic photographer, said Twinks for Trump was incredible.”