Stunning photos by Sarah Deragon, a San Francisco-based photographer. The photo capture some of the many ways members of the LGBT community identify themselves. These portraits show the amazing diversity and vibrance of a queer community that for too long has been defined by outsiders.

“We were talking about labels and how folks identity in the Bay Area I was utterly blown away with the number of words that we choose when talking about our gender and sexuality. I started thinking about how my own identity has changed many times since I came out and how it’d be fun to document the beauty and diversity of our community with folks defining themselves.”

Sarah Deragon

The reaction from the LGBT community has so far been overwhelmingly positive, Deragon said, but she added that the project has something to offer the straight community as well.

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