Press & Recognition

Youth Media is Coming Out
by Ingrid Hu Dahl | Youth Media Reporter

The process of coming out and “becoming” queer is difficult to explore. As a result, it is sometimes safer to stay in the closet. Unlike their peers of color, queer youth are less likely to have a queer parent or family member to go to when oppressive comments take their toll. In general, queer youth have a difficult time finding the support of adults, family members, and peers because they risk abandonment, rejection, and abuse in “coming out.” Finally, many of the existing LGBT centers and queer social spaces predominantly cater to adults 21 and over. Fortunately, queer youth are able to find support and community at youth media programs because they encourage young people to tell their stories and share their perspectives.