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PHOTOS: Homeless LGBT Youth Become Visible

PHOTOS: Homeless LGBT Youth Become Visible

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Alex Fradkin, Taz Tagore, and the Reciprocity Foundation collaborate to give a fresh view of New York's homeless LGBT youth.

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In the U.S., 40 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT. LGBT-identified young people move to New York City from across the nation because New York is considered one of the safest cities for queer youth. They arrive at the Port Authority Bus Terminal seeking housing, employment, and acceptance. Visually, the story of homeless LGBT youth is very narrow. Media typically portray LGBT youth committing suicide, locked in poverty, and isolated.

See Me: Picturing New York's Homeless Youth, an upcoming photo book and exhibition, will show how and what this powerful group of young people is doing to break free from a life of poverty and discrimination. Through still photographs and portrait-based video, viewers will be challenged to see beyond LGBT youth's poverty and to forge a connection with a generation of young people fighting for equality, recognition, and voice in America.

In late 2014 renowned photographer Alex Fradkin (www.alexfradkin.com) became an artist in residence for the Reciprocity Foundation -- an award-winning homeless youth organization based in New York City. Fradkin will have two years of working with a group of LGBT homeless youth -- as they transition from shelters into a life of work, college, healing, and leadership.

Reciprocity Foudation cofounder Taz Tagore enhances the images with essays that describe the circumstances and the current conditions of the kids pictured. (Read Tagore's essay on photo subject Derrick here.)

For more information: ReciprocityFoundation.org. Connect with the Reciprocity Foundation on Facebook. To buy the book, click here.

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Reciprocity_angelika_8701bx633_0 Angelika

Dorian_03x633_0 Dorian

Lyssette_08x633_0 Lysette

Reciprocity_eleet_0277ax633_0 Eleet

Mafoud_8084bx633_0 Mafoud

Reciprocity_angelika_8730bx633_0 Angelika

Riya_01x633_0Riya

Connor_03x633_0 Connor

Derrick_05x633_0_0 Derrick. (Read an essay about Derrick and his life by Taz Tagore here on Advocate.com)

John_03x633_0 John

Lyssette_02x633_0 Lysette

Reciprocity_angelika_8829bx633_0 Angelika

Connor_07x633_0 Connor

Lyssette_10x633_0 Lysette

Connor_06x633_0 Connor

Reciprocity_eleet_9021bx633_0 Eleet

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Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.
Christopher Harrity is the Manager of Online Production for Here Media, parent company to The Advocate and Out. He enjoys assembling online features on artists and photographers, and you can often find him poring over the mouldering archives of the magazines.