M. Sharkey is an award winning portrait photographer and filmmaker living in NYC. He began his “Queer Kids” project in 2006 not long after Time Magazine published “The Battle Over Gay Teens: What happens when you come out as a kid?” as the issue of gay youth was beginning to gain national attention. Sharkey’s editors at Getty were among the first people to support the project; knowing it would have legs, they provided a producer to liaise between Sharkey and kids at youth organizations across the US. Then he continues his work in Belgium with the photography series Brussels Is Burning / Queer Kids in Belgium in Spring 2013.
I participated in the project. This M. Sharkey project has been and is still exhibited in different countries.