We Are the Youth is a photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in the United States. Through photographic portraits and “as told to” interviews in the participants’ own voices, We Are the Youth captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness of American LGBT youth.
We Are the Youth provides a space to share stories in an honest and respectful way. Since June 2010, it has profiled more than 40 young people. While the profiles on the website currently feature youth from the Northeast and the South, We Are the Youth aims to be even more geographically diverse as the project expands.
Pictured above is Tom, who is 18 and lives in Red Hook, New York. Here are the first two paragraphs of his profile.
My dad passed away when I was two years old of a benign brain tumor, and after that my mom started using heroin and cocaine, on and off for years. When she was high, she’d always get paranoid. She’d keep me up at weird hours of the night.
If you had seen me at school, I was always the happy guy. During the day I’d be laughing and joking. But I literally created an alternate personality for myself. Then I’d come home from school, bring my dinner upstairs and not talk to my mom. I would lock the door to my bedroom. Read more of Tom’s profile.