Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus

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This award-winning photo-essay collection presents the diverse perspectives of over 65 young people who identify as queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). The result of a ten-year effort by photographer Rachelle Lee Smith, the portrait photographs of these young individuals are all presented against a free, white background; a unifying canvas transformed only by the personality of each subject and the unique handwritten thoughts and experiences they share. Humorous, profound and, at times, bittersweet, these personal accounts blend to create an insightful and truly inspirational voice for the ideals, passions, and heartache of queer youth coming of age in today’s world.

Speaking Out: Queer Youth in Focus

A photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages 14-24, identifying as queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). These portraits are without judgment or stereotype by eliminating environmental influence with a stark white backdrop. This backdrop acts as a blank canvas, where each subject’s personal thoughts are handwritten onto the final photographic print. With more than 65 portraits photographed over a period of 10 years, the book provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, and sorrows felt by queer youth.