The following personal narratives, poems, essays and other pieces of writing were submitted to this website by local LGBTQ+ youth, and were inspired by the following prompts:
- What advice do you have for parents who want to support LGBTQ+ youth?
- How have your family experiences influenced your mental health?
- What has your family’s journey been like?
To solicit work from local LGBTQ+ youth, we held a LGBTQ+ Youth Writing Contest.
LGBTQ+ Youth Writing Contest
The following are the first, second and third place winners in two age categories: 13 – 17 years old, and 18 – 21 years old. Click on a winner’s name to read their story.
Diika:néhi Segovia – Grand Prize Winner (18 – 21)
Nina Sherman – Second Place Winner (18 – 21)
Logan Mattingly – Third Place Winner (18 – 21)
Denny B-S – Grand Prize Winner (13 – 17)
Alex B – Second Place Winner (13 – 17)
Nae’Shon Harrison – Third Place Winner (13 – 17)
LGBTQ+ Youth Art Workshop
In addition to the writing contest, we also held an art workshop for LGBTQ+ youth in the community. Facilitated by Toya Northington of ArtThrust, youth participants were invited to use art to explore feelings about family, health, and growing up LGBTQ+ through art.
Click here to view the artwork from the workshop created by LGBTQ+ youth in Louisville, KY.