“I highly hold onto my evangelical roots even though they sort of slapped me in the face a little bit,” says Braxton, age 20 from Auburn, Alabama. “But I grew up believing certain things, and just because I’m gay doesn’t mean they don’t make sense to me anymore.” We Are Youth chronicles the diverse life stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth across the United States, as photographed by Laurel Golio, interviewed by Diana Scholl, and told by the subjects themselves. They’re revealing and personal, touching on subjects of bullying, gender identity, and military service. They’re honest. They’re direct. They’re not explaining themselves to some outsider but merely sharing their own personal experience. The same goes for the photographs. A few of these portraits were exhibited at the Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art earlier this month. Check them out below, and see more at the project’s website.
Michelle, Age 20, Bronx, New York, 2011. Photograph by Laurel Golio
“You’re not going to pass the opportunity for having true love. He is guiding me right now. He loves me no matter what.”