Face Of The Day

Leroy, Brussels, Belgium, 2013.

American photographer M. Sharkey captured images of young gay Belgians, including Leroy, above, for his 2013 series “Brussels Is Burning.” According to Jordan G. Teicher:

[Sharkey] found a “totally different youth culture” where queer youths were “not as open about their sexuality at such a young age as Americans are.” “Western Europe is an incredibly modern and connected culture, but the young people—the 14-, 15-, 16-year-old kids—still don’t have a community the way that American kids have,” he said.

See more of Sharkey’s work here, or catch his exhibit “Queer Kids” at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives through January 4.