Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus reached it's $15,000 fundraising goal! Thank you everyone!Thank you to everyone who helped Rachelle Lee Smith and Speaking OUT reach it's goal of $15,000 on Indiegogo! Your support unlocked the $10,000 of matching funds gifted to support the project by the Arcus Foundation!
Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus is a photographic essay that explores a wide spectrum of experiences told from the perspective of a diverse group of young people, ages fourteen to twenty-four, identifying as queer (i.e., lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning). Portraits are presented 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 sixty-five portraits photographed over a period of ten years, Speaking OUT provides rare insight into the passions, confusions, prejudices, joys, and sorrows felt by queer youth.
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