The people seen in these portraits left the Jehovah's Witnesses. Subsequently, they were shunned by their friends and family and labelled as apostates.
Here's what the Jehovah's Witnesses wrote about people who decide the religion isn't right for them (from the September, 2011 edition of The Watchtower.):
"Suppose that a doctor told you to avoid contact with someone who is infected with a contagious, deadly disease. You would know what the doctor means, and you would strictly heed his warning. Well, apostates are 'mentally diseased', and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings."
On July 4, 2012, these "mentally diseased" apostates held a barbecue in Pennsylvania. About 70 people were in attendance.
Not everyone felt comfortable having their portrait taken or allowing me to put their photos on the web. They know that if their family members found out they are "worldly," they may never see or hear from them again. Others are more comfortable in their lifestyle choice... or, they have no family and friends left to lose.
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(For more information on the meaning behind the Sparlock t-shirt, read my article How to Emotionally Screw With Your Children By Pretending Their Toys Are Satanic.)