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PHOTOS: A Deep Dive Into Identities Of Queer Teens


A project 10 years in the making, Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus shares the experiences and stories of LGBTQ youth through moving handwritten text and photographs. This collection of youth from all over the world is utterly moving as they show what it’s like to come into your own as part of a community that struggles with its own identity and place in society.

Help this project come to fruition by pre-ordering the book for $25 . In the meantime, here’s a first-look with some exclusive pages from the book itself.

Alistair Billy Chenoa2 Duffy
JoEllen Kevin Megan Raven

AJ Doc GraemeTaylor


By:           Gabe Cooper
On:           Jul 8, 2014
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    • hex0

      Pretentious nonsense, sorry.

      And as a Brit I still won’t use the word “queer”, I’m gay not a queer.

      Jul 8, 2014 at 5:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jacob23

      Calling gay people “queer” is a hostile act, regardless of the supposed “reinvention” or “reclamation” of the word. If an individual wants to refer to himself as queer, that is his business, but when that label is equated with being LGB, then it becomes something to resist.

      Jul 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • skcord

      @hex0: I think that is the point they are trying to make, that to them there is difference between being gay and identifying as queer. I am be wrong though…

      Jul 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rachelleleesmith

      this book is exactly about that… defining yourself
      expressing yourself
      labels or not
      do not let semantics of the title detract from the heart of the message of the book and the individuals

      Jul 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DickieJohnson

      Well, I say “Bravo!” They’ve come to terms as to who they ARE. When I was a teen, in the 1960’s, all “homos” were considered to be sick perverts who were going to Hell. Lots has changed in the intervening decades. I wish these young folks all the best!

      Jul 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • inbama

      Yes children, each of you is so completely unique, no label can describe you.

      Anyone who fits a label is limited by it which makes each of you innately superior.


      Are these the rebellious children of a generation that measured their worth by in designer labels?

      Jul 9, 2014 at 12:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rachelleleesmith

      Everyone has their own issue, story, and experience.
      I am happy to have had the opportunity to use my special power (camera) to help capture, share, and allow these faces and voices to be out there as a resource.
      To share the sorrows and joys, the prejudice and the pride of growing up… label or not. It;s up to them. It;s up to you.

      If you feel inspired, please help by contributing or sharing. Under 3 days left!

      We want to get this out there for art and as an easily digestible resource. Affordable and accessible to all.

      Also, contributions will be matched by a grant AND are tax deductible!

      Jul 9, 2014 at 10:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Cam

      THIS took 10 years?

      It seems more like some sophomore project for extra credit in their anthropology or gender studies class.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 10:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rachelleleesmith

      @Cam: It was a 10 year process.
      All subjects were photographed individually in a studio or on location. Shot with a film camera. Once the film was processed, another meeting happened between photographer and subject to choose the right image. they the photograph was hand printed in a color darkroom. They the photographer and subject met again to have the handwritten text jotted directly onto the print.
      The book includes follow up from subjects that were photographed 10 years ago to allow them to reflect on their lives, their statement, the climate in general, etc.
      That’s why the span of a decade was important

      There were a few years off of photographing due to medical concerns and one year abroad.

      Jul 10, 2014 at 11:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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