Girl Scout Uses Film to Speak Out on LGBT Youth Issues

Updated: 02/23/2014 10:33 PM
Created: 02/23/2014 8:32 PM

A Duluth teenager is tackling a tough issue for her Girl Scout Gold Award project.

Seventeen-year-old Savanna Johnson made a film called Bridging Straight and Gay Communities Through LGBT Youth Issue Awareness. It premiered at St. Scholastica's Mitchell Auditorium on Sunday.

The film featured stories from 20 different people. Johnson interviewed everyone from regular people to public figures like Duluth Mayor Don Ness.

Johnson said Sunday was supposed to be a celebration, but it turned into a day of mourning, as well. One of her friends, a young person whose story was featured in the film, committed suicide on Thursday.

"I feel like more than ever this message of the issues that LGBT youth face needs to be spoken about," she said. "We need to talk about this. We can't hide this issue, because youth are dying."

Johnson said she hopes her video will help start that dialogue, and bridge the gap between LGBT youth and other communities.

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