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Jun 13

We Are The Youth

Posted By iamincontrol | June 13, 2013

Hey IAMincontrol readers,

Today we are highlighting this really cool site for LGBT youth called We Are The Youth.  They have been collecting personal stories from LGBT youth all over the nation since 2010, so we are really excited to share this resource with you.

In addition to stories from youth, you will also find things like:

  • National and local resources for LGBT youth
  • Other blogs to check out
  • Links to their Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages
  • A chance to share your story on the We Are The Youth site

In October they made a visit to Iowa, which you can read about here.  This is the beginning of one Iowa teen’s story:

I’m wearing high tops because I just found them again. I’m wearing fishnets because it was cold outside. And I’m wearing the skirt because my friend gave it to me. And I’m wearing a Dead Kennedys shirt because they’re a good band.

I was raised by two people that were part of the punk scene here, so I was raised listening to the Ramones and the Clash and stuff like that. But the first band I got into on my own was the Dead Kennedys so they’re really important to me.

My dad was a drummer in a punk band, and my mom never played many instruments but she was at shows a lot. I think they’re proud of me. My mom works weekends, but my dad is usually at our shows. Sometimes he’s like, “You should do it like this!” And you know, sometimes I get weirded out by the fact that I might be following in my parent’s footsteps.

Read the rest of Natasha’s story about how music impacts her life and helps her work through past sexual abuse here.

Maybe you will relate to the stories here and feel inspired to share yours.  Maybe hearing someone else’s story about life as an LGBT youth will give you the strength you need to come out or just get through the day.  Even if you’re not an LGBT youth, it’s really powerful to read stories about other teens who have gone through challenges in life and have come out stronger after.

You are in control of your life.