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Pride Is

In celebration of Pride, we asked our team and community what Pride means to them.

Meet The People: Caleb Boyles, Artist + Pride Collaborator

"I am a gay Southern illustrator currently living in Los Angeles, California. It can be hard to find yourself when growing up somewhere that does not have the same values in life as you; I hope to inspire other queer people living in small rural towns to feel as if they can achieve their goals and be themselves."

Collective Memory: Gavin Grimm Wins in Federal Court

Part of celebrating Pride is remembering the progress that’s been made. Here are the collective memories of Caleb Boyles, River Gallo, and Eva Reign—each of whom collaborated with Youth To The People for our With Pride campaign—around Gavin Grimm’s historic victory when he won the right to use his correct bathroom.

We Are All Flowers, We All Drink from the Sun

In designing this artwork, I wanted to pay homage to the incredibly beautiful Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese art in the 17th to 19th centuries that translates to “pictures of the floating world.” Happy Pride.

Collective Memory: President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Part of celebrating Pride is remembering the progress that’s been made. Harper Watters, River Gallo, Eva Reign, Jared Egusa, and Caleb Boyles—Youth To The People's With Pride campaign collaborators—shared their collective memories from President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union.

Meet The People: River Gallo, Filmmaker + Pride Collaborator

River Gallo is a Salvadoran-American filmmaker, actor, writer, and intersex advocate with interACT. In 2019, Gallo won the GLAAD Media Rising Star Award. They are the CEO and co-founder of Gaptoof Entertainment, a multimedia production house in Los Angeles with a focus on intersectionality and narrative inclusivity, including for people of color, womxn, and those who identify at LGBTQIA+. Gallo also collaborated with YTTP to celebrate Pride this year. Get to know them a little better here.

Queer Persian Artist Gia Woods Responds to the Youth Questionnaire

Gia Woods is a queer woman, a musician who grew up in a traditional Persian household. With the release of her first EP, Cut Season, Woods performs a mental spring cleaning, diving into issues of ego, bad habits, and naivety. Released today, the music video for “Naive,” sees Woods melding the darkest parts of her life with the performative, cinematic world of pop in a video she co-directed with Jenna Marsh.

Meet The People: Jared Egusa, Artist + Pride Collaborator

Jared Egusa is an Asian American artist and actor based in Los Angeles. Inspired by Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese art which translates to "pictures of the floating world," Egusa embeds his own identity into his artwork. This year, he collaborated with Youth To The People to commemorate Pride.  

Collective Memory: Love Wins in the Supreme Court

Part of celebrating Pride is remembering the progress that’s been made. Here are the collective memories of the collaborators of Youth To The People's With Pride campaign around a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court, a victory dubbed Love Wins.

A Gay Dad of Three Reflects on Fatherhood During Pride Month

This Pride Month, this Father’s Day, Youth To The People spoke with Jason Knight, who is gay, is white, and is married to a Black man named Liron. Together, they have three adopted children. In some senses, it's wholly traditional: two parents and a few kids. But it took some time and work to get there.

The World-Widening Power of Pronouns

For most of my life, I’d felt, at best, reduced by the label “male,” and at worst, misgendered. All around me, it seemed people were having the same conversations with themselves that I’d been having for years. Rather than hide any aspect of myself, I decided to honor every part of myself, every layer of my identity. I’m a human being; my existence is reason enough for affirmation. 

Meet The People: Harper Watters, Dancer + Pride Collaborator

Harper Watters is an accomplished dancer, a soloist who dances with the Houston Ballet. His audience, however, isn’t limited to Texas—he’s also known for the viral videos in which he appears on a treadmill in pink platform heels, the first of which garnered over a million views. His YouTube series The Pre Show gives a glimpse into the lives of professional dancers. This year, Watters collaborated with YTTP to celebrate Pride. Get to know him here.