In his series Boy and his SIR: BDSM and the Queer Family, Louisville-based photographer Kevin Warth examines an alternative meaning of the word “family”. Centering his project on the queer BDSM community, Warth looks at how the idea of family manifests itself in a community where marriage and reproduction are not always available, or even desirable, options. “The queer families that I depict challenge the ways in which we define family itself,” he says. “Normality is not fixed, but polysemous – similarly, family is open to multiple interpretations. How can queer individuals envisage the concept of family when it has become synonymous with marriage in the moderate gay movement?”

Text by Alexis Lodsun