On Thursday, a student-created "Coming Out Wall" was presented during the Launch of Pride Month at the LGBTQ+ organization Affirmations in Ferndale.
Being a teenager isn’t easy; those four years of high school are often filled with exploring sexuality, navigating new relationships, and transitioning from an adolescent to an adult. For the students of Renaissance High School in Detroit — who first created the wall in October at their school — this isn’t something they wanted their peers to go through alone.
Directly across from the Coming Out Wall, students responded to those secrets with reassuring messages.
“Dear, I am too afraid to fail, I literally have the same fear. That’s why I try so hard at everything I do...” one anonymous student wrote.
“I feel like it gives everyone that reads it a perspective of caring for another human being and having compassion toward one another,” says Bryant-Carter.
This is the first piece of urban student artwork that Affirmations has featured in its exhibit. The Coming Out Wall is expected to be visited by 30,000 people this weekend, as the city will be hosting Ferndale Pride on June 1.
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