As members of not this generation, we’re always intrigued by what it means to be gay (or L, B, T or Q) as a young person these days.
Yet because people tend to alert the authorities if we hang around high schools to ask those kinds of questions, we’re grateful for the first book that’s part of We Are the Youth, a photographic journalism project.
Featuring portraits of a variety of kids, mostly in their teens, it’s an interesting look at how much more fluid sexuality has become for many and how open more teens are about their identity. Some photos are accompanied by moving stories of each person’s experiences.
It’s a project that’s been in the works since June 2010, profiling more than 80 young people across the United States. By combining the photographs of Laurel Golio with writing by Diana Scholl, We Are the Youth is a visual feast of diversity that fascinates page after page.
And even if you don’t want a copy for yourself, you can donate one to an organization that serves LGBTQ youth so that every child has a chance to see that someone else out there is just like they are.
We Are the Youth, $19.99