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Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus Vandalism and Upcoming Events Around the Country

We recently published a book with Reach & Teach that explores the complex lives and representations of LGBTQ Youth from their perspective. Speaking OUT: Queer Youth in Focus by author and photographer Rachelle Lee Smith is more than a book. It's an ongoing, "for youth, by youth" project of positive, inclusive, and empowering images of LGBTQ Youth. It's to give hope, inspiration, to show that we're not alone, and to foster empathy in a world that is often filled with bigotry, oppression, and hate. Unfortunately, hate is exactly what the project received.



Recently, the Speaking OUT photographs that were on display at The University of Connecticut were vandalized, reminding us all that Rachelle's work is still relevant, important and so necessary. The silver lining is that this act is creating a dialogue and discussion around the issues still at large within our homes, schools, and country.

Please spread the information to continue the conversation and perhaps with enough outreach we can find the person(s) responsible.  And we continue to work towards a better tomorrow.

Pick up a Speaking OUT book and donate it to your local school or library! or stop by an event listed below and say hello.

Here’s a multimedia round-up (newspaper, radio, and TV) from the UConn coverage the vandalism of Speaking OUT on campus:
Speaking OUT Spring/Summer Events

Currently:  Philadelphia, PA - On Public Display at the SouthEast corner of Broad and Walnut Streets (24/7)



  • 18th: Hartford, CT @  PFLAG Hartford Reception - Reception, Talk, and Book Signing (6:00pm)
  • 20th-21st: UConn, CT @ True Colors Conference - Exhibition, Reception, Talk, and Book Signing
    • 20th: @ The Student Union Art Gallery - Workshop + Signing (1:15-2:30pm)
    • 21st: @ The Student Union Art Gallery  - Workshop  + Signing (10:30-11:45am)
  • 25th: Philadelphia, PA @ CHOP - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Pop-up Exhibition (tentative)
  • 31st: Ontario, CA @ York Region District School Board - Teleconference



  • 2nd: NYC, NY - Pre Bureau Party event and Pop-Up Exhibition @ BitCoin Center NYC - 40 Broad Street (2-6pm)
  • 2nd: NYC, NY @ LGBT Center NYC - The Bureau - Open Mic with Speaking OUT Subjects and Book Signing (7:00-10:00pm)
  • 24th-25th: Provincetown, MA @ The Provincetown Library - Exhibition (12:00-5:00pm)
  • 24th: Provincetown, MA @ Provincetown Library - Talk and Book Signing in the Marc Jacobs Reading Room (3:00-4:00pm)
  • 25th: Provincetown, MA @ Womencrafts - Book Signing (3:00-4:00pm)


  • 4th: Boston, MA With the Boston Area Gay and Lesbian Youth (BAGLY) and SpeakOUT  - Talk, Interactive Photo Shoot, Book Signing (Location + Time TBD)
  • 7th: Asbury, NJ @ Asbury Pride (Tentative)
  • 14th: Philadelphia, PA @ Philly Pride (10:00am-5:00pm)
  • 20th: - Lancaster, PA @ Lancaster Pride (Tentative)
  • 24th-30th: Bay Area, CA with the Publishers!
    • 24th: Oakland, CA @ Laurel Book Store (6:30pm)
    • 25th: San Francisco @ Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Store (7:00pm)
    • 26th: San Mateo @ Reach and Teach Book Store  (7:00pm)
    • 27-29th: San Fransisco @ American Library Association ALA Conference (Dates + Times TBA)
    • 27th:  San Francisco @ Pride w/ PM Press table (11:00am-6:00pm)
    • 28th: San Francisco @ Pride with PM Press table (11:00am-6:00pm)
    • 28th: Palo Alto @ First Presbyterian Church Palo Alto (7:00pm)
    • 29th: San Francisco @ Green Arcade Book Store (7:00pm)



1st-2nd: Washington DC @ The Reeves Center - OutWrite LGBT Book Fair - Book Selling + Signing (Times TBD)


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