HOW LIFE IS:
QUEER YOUTH ANIMATED

In this 10-episode series, we hand the mic to the next generation of queer youth, bringing their stories to life with the help of an LGBTQIA+ creative team. The end result is a two-minute look into their unique lives. 

Click here to learn more about our How Life Is... Action and Discussion Guides for youth, parents, and facilitators.

EPisode 1:
CAL

Cal comes out to his family as a transgender man by throwing his own party & name-choosing ceremony. 

 

Discussion Prompt: Have you had to change your name before? How did you/would you want people to react to you choosing a different name than the one assigned to you at birth?  

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EPisode 2:

BRIANNA

Brianna is on a mission to make sure every Black bisexual woman feels like they’re good enough. 

Discussion Prompt:  Is there someone in your life who ‘gets it’ and is 100% on board with who you are? How does that make you feel? READ MORE...

EPisode 3:
ZION

Gender and sexuality have never been heavy topics for Zion, who grew up with a white, lesbian mom and a Black activist father.

Discussion Prompts:  

  • What is something that has been normal to you, that you’ve had to explain to others? Do you know why it felt normal to you in the first place? 

  • How did family, friends, & environment shape your perception of normal?

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EPisode 4:

VIVI

When Vivi donated six inches of her hair, everyone assumed she was gay, but she wasn’t out yet. She finds support at her school to help her live her best, out, queer life. 

Discussion Prompt:  Name one thing that a person would not be able to tell about you by simply looking at you.

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EPisode 5:
SARAH

When Sarah develops a crush on Kiera Knightly, her friends want her to “figure out” if she is gay or straight.

Discussion Prompt:  What would you want to see changed about the portrayal of romantic relationships in the media today?

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EPisode 6:

Ken

For Ken, who is non-binary, holding hands with their girlfriend in public is the most intimate and vulnerable demonstration of love. 

Discussion Prompts:  

  • What does non-binary mean to you? What are some ways that you live or don’t live in the binary in your own life? Where did you learn that? 

  • What is something that you hide in public because you are afraid of what people might  think?

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EPisode 7:
CHEYENNE
Cheyenne expresses gender fluidity through cosplaying and creates her own LGBTQIA+ representation through “ships.” 

Discussion Prompt: Discussion Prompt: If you could reimagine one narrative you’ve experienced in a novel or movie or TV show to pertain more to your identity, what would it be?

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EPisode 7:
LOGAN
After struggling with her identity around gender and sexuality, Logan finally creates her own definition of what it means to be a bisexual woman.

Discussion Prompts:  

  • List as many labels for yourself as you can in two minutes. Ready. Set GO!

  • What is one label that you wish you could use, but don’t feel ready for?

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EPisode 9:

WILL  

The homophobic culture at Will’s high school shows no sign of stopping—then his mom steps in with a great idea. 

Discussion Prompt: If you were giving advice to someone who wants to bully people for being different, what would you tell them?

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EPisode 10:

JULIANA  

With a quirky personality and a queer mom, Juliana understands what it is like to feel ‘different.’

Discussion Prompt:

  • Discussion Prompt: What does it look like when someone is an ally to you?

  • What does it look like when you’re an ally to someone else?

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