Here’s a photo exhibit that redefines what it means to be a family

A group of drag queens gets ready for a show. They see each other as family. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Heather Hughes)
A group of drag queens gets ready for a show. They see each other as family. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Heather Hughes)

NORFOLK — Since Monday, visitors to Selden Market have seen a pop-up exhibit from the LGBT Life Center showcasing photos of all the different ways family can be represented.

The exhibit ends Thursday, Dec. 20.

The project, now in its third year, is titled “The My Family Project” and was curated by the LGBT Life Center with photos done by outside photographers.

Heather Hughes, the photographer for the pictures displayed in the eight photos chosen for the exhibit, spent an entire day with each family in order to capture the candid photos representing their daily life.

“Our families often look a little different,” said Corey Mohr, marketing manager for the LGBT Life Center.

In the LGBT community a family can be adopted, made up of friends, be part of a drag community, or just include furry friends, he said.

Even your furry friends can be a part of your definition of family. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Heather Hughes)
Even your furry friends can be a part of your definition of family. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Heather Hughes)

The exhibit, which lives all year long in the LGBT Life Center, is updated with new photos of different families each year.

Putting the photos in Selden Market was a good way to share the spirit of love and the joy of Christmas all at once, Mohr said.

The project is funded by the Virginia Department of Health which gives out grants to aid in reducing the stigmas that can surround LGBT families, he said.

Families can be made up of more than just blood. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Heather Hughes)
Families can be made up of more than just blood. (Southside Daily Photo/courtesy of Heather Hughes)

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