I stared at the black war paint I had applied around my eyes and I felt strong, defiant, and free.
outLoud Radio is now at Youth Radio, continuing its mission to increase the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young people by helping them develop the skills and confidence to decide for themselves how they will be represented, advance social justice and make the most of their lives.
East Bay LGBTQ+ youth came together last Saturday for Radical Love!: 4th Annual East Bay LGBTQ+ Youth Pride and we were there too!
Long before Youth Radio’s Desmond Meagley, 19, had the words to describe his identity, he used art as an outlet. Drawing was more than a hobby for him; it was a way to find comfort when nothing else fit.
“For teens like me, breakups are rough. Even…when they involve people, we’ve never actually met.”
I’m young and queer, and it’s hard for me to accept that there are politicians who want to pass legislation that would make big parts of my life illegal.
“How do you know you’re gay?” I get this all the time. So far, the only answer I have is: “You just know.”
We die for the right to love and be loved. We die protecting our own, because the law has yet to protect us. We die because we stand up for ourselves. We die to be seen.
When I hold my girlfriend’s hand in public, it’s not an invitation to ask me questions about my personal life. I’m not a spokesperson for the queer community.
This story comes to us via Story Works Alaska and the Alaska Teen Media Institute. A lot of people say that they don’t…
“I just wanted to hurry my transition to male — forget that I was ever female and lose the transgender label all together.”