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QUEER KIDS is a joyful, ongoing celebration of young LGBTQ people around the world. Through portraits and interviews, get a close-up look at the participants and this decade-long project.

QUEER KIDS began at a moment when teenage sexual and gender identity had just begun to gain national attention. The project is a celebration of the recent developments within the LGBTQ community that allow today’s youth the opportunity to find their own voice and speak openly about their sexuality. When I started in the spring of 2006 I was still shooting analog film but by 2008 I began making digital photos almost exclusively. At the current time, the project exists as both film (negatives & prints) and digital capture still and moving images. The photographs are intimate testaments to my subjects’ powerful self-awareness; at once empathetic and opulent, they are the visual counterpart to the voice these young people have struggled—and lately succeeded—to find. My goal is to grant these young people a full measure of the dignity with which they deserve to be seen. I will always be drawn to this incredibly brave group; their strength is a continual source of inspiration for me and I hope many others. And while it is their defiance that I want to capture in the portraits, what I hope people might also see is the delight that is the domain of a new generation: the sheer joy of being able to stand up and be seen without shame. M. Sharkey Brooklyn, NY Nov. 2017

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  • Damien, 2014

    2017-12-04
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    SOUTH FLORIDA Tell me about an average day in your life. “I wake up. I go to work. I go to school. And I work on activism projects. I...
  • Hilton, 2015

    2017-12-01
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    From Milwaukee, Wisconsin How do you identify? "I identify as a gay man but I also really like people who are trying to get rid of...
  • Queer Kids at Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy

    2017-11-19
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    A quick walk through of this fall's show in New Hampshire.
  • Pierce, 2012

    2017-11-15
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    Hartford, CT Tell me about an average day in your life… “I get up and get ready for school: shower, make-up, hair. Then I do my...
  • Liz, 2010

    2017-11-15
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    From Middlebury, VT Tell me about an average day in your life. “Wake up, go to school, get harassed by lesbians on campus, hang-out...
  • Queer Kids at Phillips Exeter Academy, 2017

    2017-11-15
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    Work-in-progress from last month's shoot in New Hampshire. (My brother Dan on camera.) More to come!
  • Patrick, 2010

    2017-11-14
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    From Glastonbury, CT Tell me about an average day in your life. "After class it's basketball, basketball, basketball, every night." ...
  • Anton, 2009

    2017-11-14
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    From Trinidad What music do you listen to? “My favorite kind of music is Caribbean music… reggae and dance hall.” When did you realize...
  • Raul, 2007

    2017-11-14
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    Raul, 18 San Francisco, CA What websites do you visit? “MySpace, Google and Hotmail.” Who do you spend time with? “My mom and my...
  • Po, 2013

    2017-11-14
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    Mons, Belgium When did you realize that you were gay? “I began to think about this when I was 18, but I know that stuff was happening in...
  • Pablo & Noé, 2013

    2017-11-14
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  • NYC Kids Vogueing (:45)

    2017-11-14
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    A little behind-the-scenes vogueing, on set in NYC.