LGBT life and politics has hit the mainstream news in the past year more than ever before. That's why The New York Times is taking this week to reflect on how that increased exposure is affecting LGBT teenagers with its new "Coming Out" multimedia package. The goal, according to an article by Sarah Kramer introducing the project, is "to better understand this generation's realities and expectations, and to give teenagers their own voice in the conversation."
The package, which started on Sunday, will feature a new photo slideshow and accompanying audio story each day this week. The overall message of each, Kramer writes, is that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender shouldn't be the most interesting part about these teenagers. She writes:
In the face of competing messages, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths just want to be teenagers. While they envision a world where they can get married and have doors open to them, they do not want to be defined by their sexuality, regardless of how they are received by their community. It is just one part of their identity.