5 Queer People on How They Found Their Chosen Families

It's a fairly common tale in the LGBTQ+ community: Queer people move away from home and build new families of their own. They go to cities, find friends and partners, and form a network. Since many queer individuals are rejected (or just simply tolerated) by their families of origin, this new support network is a place where they can shine and be their authentic selves. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Pose knows this. Yet, with the spread of social media, messages boards, and apps, the ways in which LGBTQ+ folks find each other has changed dramatically. Some still find their chosen family IRL, but others do it by popping up in someone's DMs. To mark the conclusion …

These Celebrity Portraits Are Fake. Sort of

About a year ago, Toronto residents began noticing a series of six-foot-high celebrity portraits on the sides of convenience stores around the city. There was a shirtless Justin Bieber with a gold chain around his neck, hair immaculately coiffed; Mike Tyson with his famous face tattoo; Zach Galifianakis in a T-shirt with a messenger bag slung casually around his shoulder. They were fascinated. Selfies taken in front of these portraits started popping up on Instagram and Twitter, prompting widespread speculation about the origin of the mysterious images. "There were all these people wondering, what the hell are these things?” says Peter Andrew Lusztyk, the Canadian photographer who created the images and posted them all over town to create what he …