Eric Leven

Interview Sessions: James

Filed By Eric Leven | September 01, 2008 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: gay kids, gay youth, New York City, video interviews

I met James while double-dutching at the piers. I always noticed and admired his young and confidently out attitude. He is the next generation - the younger of the young so often discussed on this blog.

Here is what he has to say:

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Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | September 1, 2008 8:20 PM


Thanks for posting this interview! It is truly wonderful to see gay kids having the self-confidence and courage to be open and honest about who they are.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | September 2, 2008 4:35 AM

Eric, I had trouble hearing some parts because of the wind. The kid seems to have a marvelous attitude, but being just sixteen...Kids can change sooo much in a month when they are sixteen. He mentioned (was it a Gay Community Center, I could not hear)where he could be himself with his friends. Thank God for that and I would love to know how he is doing every month.

The center James mentions is "HMI," the Hetrick Martin Institute, which is the home of the Harvey Milk High School in New York City.

Yes, James is attractive, intelligent, and one of the good and gifted youths we can point to with tremendous pride. And we must also recognize the marvelous work of the many educators, both publicly and privately funded (yep, get yer check books out!), who have helped our gay, straight, multi-spirited and enormously talented youth to come of age, and to grow into a physically fit and psychologically whole adulthood.

These children and young adults will certainly, in their time and in their own very remarkable ways, continue to contribute to the well-being of our world and to future generations.

Thanks also to Eric for bringing this very good news to the attention of Bilerico Project readers. Happy "double-dutching" to you!!

Great interview, Eric. Keep it up; we need to document our history!

This kid makes me so proud! He's already got a PhD understanding on the difference between sexual behavior and the formation of cultural identity, and he's only 16!