Speaking Out

Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that collectively explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of youth ages 14 to 24 identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning).  Portraits are presented without judgment and/or stereotype by eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop.  This backdrop acts as a blank canvas to be filled with the each subject’s point of view handwritten onto the final print.  With more than 65 portraits photographed over a period of ten years beginning 2001, Speaking OUT provides a rare insight into the ever evolving passions, confusions, prejudices, fulfillment, joys, and sorrows voiced by queer youth.

 

I believe there is power in words, strength in numbers, and freedom in art.

 

 

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