Watch the entire event: Queer Youth Speak Out 2023

Queer Youth Speak Out 2023 panel participants at the ened of the event.

On November, 2, three high school students shared their personal stories about the effects today’s social and political landscapes have on them directly. The audience of 100+ participants, in-person and virtually at Beverly Hall at the Naples United Church of Christ, had the chance to ask them questions through a Q&A at the end of…

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WINK News: Giving a voice to the LGBTQ+ community in SWFL

Queer Youth Speak out panel participants.

Teens who feel their voice is routinely drowned out are now being heard. Teens who are part of the LGBTQ+ community got to control the conversation about what being part of their community is like here in Florida. These Collier County students shared a piece of their lives with the crowd on Thursday night at…

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NDN Op-Ed: Queer Youth Speak Out


This opinion article was published in the Naples Daily News and The News-Press on October 29, 2023. In current Florida public schools, you are made to fear being queer. You are different, and you are punished for that. You cannot see yourself in the faculty around you, as they cannot speak about being queer for…

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Fanfiction: Beacon of LGBTQ+ expression amidst censorship, underrepresentation

Fanfiction writing.

What do Vergil, Dante Alighieri, John Milton, and Erika Mitchell have in common? They all wrote fanfiction. Dante’s Divine Comedy, The Aeneid, and Paradise Lost are literary classics. Erika Mitchell’s Fifty Shades of Grey, originally published as a fanfic, made more than a billion dollars from the movie alone and broke several box office records.…

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