MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Murfreesboro teenager is the winner of a nationwide LGBTQ literature contest.
Zee Taylor, 16, wrote an encouraging letter to her youthful self about rising up as a queer child.
“Expensive younger queer who felt a lot too drawn to her finest good friend and her smile, you’re cherished it doesn’t matter what others could say,” Zee Taylor wrote in her essay.
Taylor is an incoming junior at Siegel Excessive College.
She entered the Hope In A Field / Born This Method Basis contest in Might after seeing a put up on Instagram.
“I clicked on it and I began writing and I submitted it that very same day,” Zee Taylor mentioned. “I am usually fairly prepared to put in writing about myself, to not sound narcissistic, however I’ve these ideas in my head on a regular basis anyhow.”
Greater than 70 college students across the nation in grades Ok-12 submitted an essay or video about how LGBTQ-inclusive literature has formed them. She wrote about The Miseducation of Cameron Submit, Signs of Being Human, and Aristotle and Dante Uncover the Secrets and techniques of the Universe.
“These books actually hit dwelling rising up, particularly as a result of I learn them at actually fascinating factors of my life,” she mentioned.
In her letter to her youthful self, Taylor talks concerning the classes she discovered from her favourite books and tales.
“If solely I may let you know what Cameron Submit will educate you in a couple of years, when unhealthy issues occur, it doesn’t imply the tip,” Taylor wrote.
For profitable the competition, Taylor acquired a $500 money prize and her essay is featured on ChannelKindness.org.