“I wasn’t jubilant to vote, I didn’t look at the process as tedious and exhausting. That was, until, I got to a polling place on the last day of early voting.”
“Sometimes being gay feels like it’s obstructing my high school experience. So I asked some of my gay friends. I wanted to know what they thought about being gay and how it affects them in high school.”
As soon you enter Midtown Atlanta on Pride weekend, you see rainbows and colors adorned everywhere. Whether it is on people, flags, signs, or dogs, rainbows are everywhere. Atlanta Pride Festival attendees are there to make a statement and show who they are.
“It is crazy that we need a movie that depicts what happens out here in the real world for it to get peoples’ attention. Police brutality is very much a real thing, so why do we need a fictional representation of it for people to sit up and realize?”
“Coming out isn’t always easy. In fact, it’s usually not – I grew up in a religious household.”
“I always thought it would be easy to come out to my mom because of how accepting she was to other family and friends coming out as LGBT. I think parents go by the motto, ‘As long as it is not my child.’”
“I can say now at age 23 that as cliché as it sounds, it really does get better. Life is too short to live as anyone but yourself.”
“But the beauty of truth is that, once released, it can never be sealed into one’s insides left to rot once more, or breed an outburst of anger. And once expelled and purged away, I discovered that there is room for so much more.”
“Maybe, if I can come out to people as though it’s nothing more than a fact of life, I can convince myself to be comfortable in my life… If enough queer people can be comfortable in their truth, maybe we can create a culture where I don’t have to worry about who I come out to.”
Teen staffer Aryanna Brown, 17, reassures readers that it is okay that they don’t have their future figured out just yet, as life is only beginning.