PHOTOS: New Exhibit Highlights Diversity of LGBT Families

By Alex J Davidson

Originally published on Advocate.com November 12 2013 5:00 AM ET

The new LGBT Family Photo Exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photography Center in San Francisco highlights the wide variety of chosen and extended families in our population.

The exhibit, which will be up through December 14, consists of approximately 50 photos of both biological and nonbio families, submitted by the subjects.


Chris Lawson and Grant Vincent with their family

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Center director Dave Christensen says the project is something he has wanted to do for a long time.

“I thought it would embrace the spirit of Harvey and combine photography and our community together in a more personal and intimate photography exhibit,” he says. “As we all know, we do choose and create family outside of our blood families, and these are equally vital to everyone’s well being and lives. It’s spot on with what Harvey would have embraced, and I was honored to direct and curate this exhibit with our hardworking staff and volunteers.”

The exhibit portrays the breadth and depth of the term family in the LGBT community. Even though marriage equality is sweeping the country, not all families have access to marriage, and some choose other arrangements that best suit their needs.
Above: Emily Hunt and Sarah Snyder

“At the end of the day, it’s really all about love and having a safe place to live and support your loved ones,” Christensen says. “This was the central idea and heart of this exhibit, as what matters is ‘love, care, and support,’ and that this exhibit helps promote and showcase that we are all really the same and need the same things as humans in this life.”

Christensen and the center partnered with the Family Equality Council to put on the exhibit. The goal is to expand upon the existing photos in 2014, focusing on gay pride and the celebrations in June.


Above: Mary, Skye, and Lucca Collier

You can check out some of the images in the exhibit in our slideshow. If you want to see more, take a look at the center’s Facebook page, where there are about 90 images both of the exhibit and festivities from the opening reception in October.

To see the exhibit in person, visit the Harvey Milk Photo Center at 50 Scott St. in San Francisco. The exhibit is open to the public and is free, with gallery hours from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. There are sometimes lectures or classes in the gallery space, though, so check ahead by calling (415) 554-9522.


Above: Marin County Fair by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

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