Events like this remind everyone that teens do a have a voice — a loud and creative one at that.
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.
“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.
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.
“I definitely feel unsafe out in the world sometimes,” said 18-year-old Alpharetta resident Heath Goldmon. “[The shooting] has made me remember that safety isn’t guaranteed. Not anywhere.”
The sun was raging. Anger was palpable, and drawl-y southern accents were slow and thick. I knew it was going to be an experience. This is what I saw.
While many in support of Trump showed up for the ticketed event held at the Fox Theatre, across the street stood a conglomeration of protesters, all of whom had something to say to Trump and his supporters.
I felt fear swallow me whole. For the first time in my life, I was confronted with the fact that I am a target.
From pop culture to sports, I was able to connect with my peers while living abroad and share the voices of three new friends.
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.