YA Authors Share Inspiration, Advice for Young Writers at Decatur Book Festival

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Three of my fellow VOX teen journalists, Catherine Boyd, Thalia Butts, and Jason Crichton, had the chance to interview these authors as I assisted some other fellow teens with shooting the video. Each of these authors had interesting things to say about their work. I found all of their inspirations to be both relatable and fascinating, with most of their work being inspired by events and people in their lives.

Atlanta Teen Tendal Mann Stars in ‘Bullied To Death’

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“The film is about a kid named Jamie who committed suicide after being bullied a lot for being openly bisexual,” Tendal Mann explains. “The film tries to tackle the issue of bullying people, especially if they’re gay but really just bullying in general.” See it at “Out on Film” film festival this fall.

‘It’s My Life’ Film Festival Gives Teens Outlet to Spread Their Message

  |  Topic: Entertainment, Identity, LGBTQ, Movies, Race/Ethnicity

The film that stood out to me the most was the night’s Best Picture winner “Dear Drew.” With its beautiful cinematography, detailed direction, great performances, and strong writing, the film succeeds at giving you that warm feeling inside of being in love with someone that we can all relate to.

Is Pride School Atlanta the Best Investment for Your Child?

  |  Topic: Editor Picks, Education, Identity, LGBTQ, School, Senior Picks 2016

Christian Zsilavetz, co-founder of Pride School Atlanta and transgender male, feels as though LGBT identifying and gender nonconforming kids should be in a school environment where students are able to “be, learn, and grow.” Pride School Atlanta is a K-12, private school geared toward students and educators who want a safe and encouraging education academically and socially. This sounds like heaven for any student no matter how they sexually identify, but in the court of public opinion the school has received national coverage and criticism.