Michael Bailey-Gates

21; Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn; originally from Harrisville, RI. Photographer, model, and half of the artist duo Mike and Claire with Claire Christerson.

Do you identify yourself with a generation or subculture?

I love being queer—it’s my favorite thing about myself.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I only want to be an artist. I grew up never knowing the faces of any artists I loved—their pictures I loved. What’s important to me right now is equality and preserving queer art history. 

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