We understand “it gets better” but what can you do until it gets better?
Project Contrast is a non-profit organization created to help share the stories of, and give a voice to LGBTQ+ youth across the country. We then put their stories online and in our annual books.
In addition to raising awareness and lowering the amount of suicides among LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S., Project Contrast aims to create a platform for LGBTQ+ youth to become advocates for each other and in their own communities.
Originally created in Maxwell’s home state of Utah where suicide is the leading cause of death for youth ages 10 to 17. Many of these suicides are taking place within the LGBTQ+ community, yet the state - and its strong religious culture - refuse to accept the facts. After two consecutive series in Utah, Maxwell’s project is going national. Since January 2018 he has began his travels to new states and locations. Working with local LGBTQ+ resource centers, meeting and documenting queer youth, and allowing youth and their families to share their stories. With this work, Project Contrast has created communities and given struggling LGBTQ+ youth hope for their future.