Photographer captures the raw essence of growing up in the U.S. being queer.

New York-based portrait photographer, M. Sharkey, began the ‘Queer Kids' project in 2006. Since then, he has photographed hundreds of teens in the U.S. within the LGBT community. Often, these beautiful portraits are accompanied by a short description that gives viewers a glimpse into the life of the person pictured: when they realized that they were gay; the issues that matter to them the most; and how they envision the future.

Sharkey explained that:

The idea for this project arose from my own desire as a gay teenager to be given a voice. I desperately wanted to be made valid in the eyes of my peers. Sadly, coming out (and of age) in the '80s, as I did, proved to be quite difficult.

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