We all need to see some smiling, friendly, queer faces from time to time. After all, that’s part of the reason why so many of us are online: looking for information, art, or resources to feel closer to a sense of community. And while Twitter can be actual hellfire most of the time, sometimes it’s really, really good at connecting and uplifting its users with hashtags like #LGBTQglowup.
Over the weekend, members of the community tweeted out their gayby and theyby photos — young LGBTQ+ people, mostly on the cusp of adolescence — alongside photos of themselves once they’ve grown more into their identities. And the result was pretty inspiring.
It’s in moments like these that I’m thankful I downloaded the app. Want to join in? Make an account and post a photoset to Twitter yourself.