Extremity is the subject of this photo essay, showing a boy’s struggle against Utah winter. Ice, sulfur, steam, chill, extreme heat & cold here serve to illustrate the unyielding contrast between queerness and faith, sexuality, and dogma. Yet beauty lives in contrast, too. Winter, here, should be both then singular and unexpected, the body of the boy both beautiful and at risk. It is why damage – rosied cheeks, reddened noses, shriveled genitals, bloodied scrapes – can signal a kind of rescue, even another journey for worship. Queers learn quickly to give their bodies to many, to fight against any single aspect. They’re the best polytheists.