We are the Youth is a photojournalism project started by Diana Scholl and Laurel Golio. The purpose of the project is “chronicling the individual stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the United States. Through photographic portraits and “as told to” interviews in the participants’ own voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness among the LGBT youth population. We want to make sure that when youth everywhere see these stories, they see bits of themselves and know they’re not alone.”
Dohyun, a 19 year-old from Atlanta, Ga. is one such story:
Ever since I’ve come out, I’ve been very proud of who I am. My first kiss with a guy was the summer after I came out, the summer between sophomore and junior year. A guy who’s now a really good friend of mine. We went out for a week. He didn’t think gay rights was really a thing. I helped him come out of the closet and become more active.
I want to do things for the community. I founded the gay-straight alliance in my high school. There were a few other gay kids. Our GSA was more straight allies than queers, which was interesting.
It’s different here. I got to Emory and realized there’s so much I can do for the community. I really wanted to get my voice out there. There are more gays than I’ve ever met here. It’s refreshing. I never knew there were so many out and proud, active kids around. But still you don’t really see a gay couple holding hands. (source)
The project has a Kickstarter page with the hope of rasing $7,000 to travel to the states of mid-west from Nebraska to Minnesota to photograph and interview more youth in that area.
This is an excellent and unique project. I see it as another extension of Dan Savage’s It Get’s Better Project. Though these stories and photos gay youth can see someone just like them. In addition the We Are the Youth website has a google map with resources listed across the United States. There is the option to submit your own resource via email.