Targets and Trophies investigates gay culture as an ongoing target of discrimination and violence. This symbol – the target – triggers both excitement and apprehension, an unpredictable emotional shift defined by distinct opportunities and circumstances. The trophy is a symbol of success – one used to impress others, to show harmony and normalcy. Yet, these mementos often demonstrate idiosyncratic tendencies that defy expectation and challenge stereotypes. The artwork also investigates: Whose shoulders do I stand on? How have others enabled my existence and experience in time and space? How has the history of our community evolved? And, how does this history – my knowledge of people and events – create more questions, more conflicting narratives of accomplishment and defeat?