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We Are The Youth 

Diana Scholl
Elliot, Age 21, Bronx, NY 2011 I got my GED in prison, because when I was a youngin I wasn’t attending school like I was supposed to. But I didn’t want to get locked up again. I didn’t want to be the type of person who keeps coming back.
Diana Scholl
Hannah, Age 21, Oswego, NY 2015 When I pledged my sorority, there was another sister who was so gay, so I had no issues. For date parties nobody cares if I bring a girl.
Diana Scholl
Michelle, Age 20, Bronx, NY 2011 I can’t say I don’t miss my family. I will always miss them. But I have to live with it.
Diana Scholl
Sarah, Age 19, Brooklyn, NY 2012 In Japan if you have tattoos, you’re in the mafia. When I saw my grandmother in Japan I had to cover mine up because she’d reject me as part of the family. I also couldn’t tell my grandmother I was gay. Having tattoos and being gay and going to art school? She’d be like, “What are you doing with your life?”
Diana Scholl
Toneysia, Age 20, Syracuse, NY 2016 I tried kissing a guy. I threw up on him. He was mad. I didn’t like it. I actually saw him driving a taxi one day. I got in the car. He says ‘You remember me?” I was like “No, I don’t remember you.” He was like “You threw up on me.” I didn’t throw up when I kissed girls.
Diana Scholl
Braxton, Age 20, Auburn, AL 2010 I highly hold on to my evangelical roots even though they sort of slapped me in the face a little bit. But I grew up believing certain things, and just because I’m gay doesn’t mean they don’t make sense to me anymore.
Diana Scholl
Hot Sause, Age 17, Nyack, NY 2011 I’m just focusing on school and performing and acting, and just trying to get out of high school.
Diana Scholl
Mahlon, Age 20, Riverside, CA 2013 My family’s always been very supportive of me. I came out to my family when I was 14, but I wouldn’t really consider it a coming-out; I just confirmed it. I was just like, Oh, that makes it even better. We don’t have to talk about it. On to the next subject then.
Diana Scholl
Trevor, Age 20, Montevallo, AL 2010 I’m just a protester at heart. I don’t want to stand in line just because people tell me to.
Diana Scholl
Zeam, Age 17, Minneapolis, MN 2015 Ever since I was a baby I would ask other people, “Don’t you forget you have a chest?” or “Don’t you forget what bathroom to go to?” I wanted to know I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. Then my teacher gave me the language for it. I didn’t realize not everyone had to remember the gender they were forced to identify with at birth.
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Diana Scholl
Elliot, Age 21, Bronx, NY 2011 I got my GED in prison, because when I was a youngin I wasn’t attending school like I was supposed to. But I didn’t want to get locked up again. I didn’t want to be the type of person who keeps coming back.
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