WE ARE THE YOUTH

"This book is magnificent: hard to read at times because of the pain so honestly shared, and completely uplifting when you realize the strength and beauty of this next generation. I can't wait for the voices in this book to run the world. We'll be in great hands. Oh, and there's a GLOSSARY! I wish more books came with glossaries."

-Baratunde Thurston. Author, How To Be Black. CEO Cultivated Wit. Proud ally.

"We Are The Youth brilliantly illustrates the complexity, beauty, and diversity of LGBT youth. This book captures the heart and soul of what it means to negotiate sexuality and gender identity in today's world."   

-Danah Boyd, It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

"This is such an amazingly beautiful and timely book." 

-Jacqueline Woodson, Miracle's Boys

"This book moves far beyond the normative trope that “it gets better” for young LGBT people. The poignant and powerful voices captured here demonstrate with full force that our young people have so much to teach us about how much has changed since the rise of lesbian and gay liberation in the mid-20th century – and about how much remains unchanged." 

- Stephanie Gilmore, Ph.D., Groundswell: Grassroots Feminist Activism in Post War America

"It’s important for queer youth to tell our stories so the world can see we were here, and this is how we lived our lives."

-Kaden, We Are the Youth participant

"A generous opportunity in todays moral climate, to look into the eyes of the youth, learn their stories, feel their dignity, vulnerability & grace."

-Morley, activist singer-songwriter 

CREATE SPACE

We partnered with frequent collaborator, photographer Laurel Golio, and her journalist partner Diana Scholl, in order to amplify their existing online effort We Are The Youth. We're helping them determine an innovative and provocative presentation of stories, informed by our experience navigating new media, zine culture and mainstream media formats. 

We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the United States. The project addresses the lack of visibility of LGBT young people by providing a space to share stories in an honest and respectful way.

Since June 2010, We Are the Youth has profiled more than 100 young people across the United States. The profiles have been displayed at the Brooklyn Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Fresh Fruit Festival and the GenderReel Festival, and have been featured in media including The British Journal of Photography, Change.org, Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post.

We believe there is world-changing potential in sharing the stories of LGBT and queer youth to a large audience in a widely accessible format.

Kendra, 17, St. Paul, MN

Kendra, 17, St. Paul, MN

Objective

Create media that grows effective community story telling for youth marginalized and misrepresented in the media 

Update

 Publishing a book of personal essays and portraits  from 80 LGBT youth from across America. Release date: June 2014

 

BACKGROUND

The number of LGBT and queer youth willing to speak out about their experiences coming of age and coming out has never been higher. There has also never been as many adults and allies willing to listen. Publishing these stories in print makes it possible to addresses this lack of visibility in a medium that easily handled, carefully considered, stocked in stores, loaned to others, and archived.

Hot Sause, 17 Nyack, NY

Hot Sause, 17 Nyack, NY

Qwill, 20, Northfield, MN

Qwill, 20, Northfield, MN

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1.Internet 2. Twitter & Social Media Networks 3. Youth with stories 4.Time 5.Computers 6.Adode InDesign & Illustrator 7. Transportation 8. BBL Graphic Designer 9. DLSR camera & lighting equipment 10. Project creators Diana Scholl & Laurel Golio 11. Money + Grants 12. Korean Magazine Printing & Shipment

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