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Photographer: Smith, Rachelle Lee
Foreword by: Gingrich, Candace
Afterword by: Taylor, Graeme
Publication Date: 11/15/2014
Publisher: PM Press
Binding: Paperback
Media: Book


Winner of:
2015 Rainbow Award Winner; Best Bisexual, Transgender & LGBT Debut
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), “Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus”presents portraits 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, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth and gives a voice to an underserved group of people that are seldom heard and often silenced. The collaboration of image and first-person narrative serves to provide an outlet, show support, create dialogue, and help those who struggle.”