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Turning Teen Vouge's "59 Things Your LGBTQ Friends Want You to Know" into an interactive visual.

"That you're beautiful no matter what others, or even you, believe. Everything is strange and confusing but go with the flow and stay true to yourself, it will all be wonderful." —Olly, 17

"I would tell my younger self that today, at 17 years old, I'm a lot more comfortable in my skin, and I've learned that it's okay for me to branch out, be wrong sometimes, and educate myself." —Ariana, 17

"I would tell my younger self that you're going to have very good support networks and resources at your disposal so don't worry about the uncertainty that the future holds." —Ellie, 19

"When I was coming out in elementary school, I faced emotional harassment mainly. People would call me fake, attention seeking, and crazy for being trans." —Zayne, 16

"It is so important to participate in action days, it shows that you're an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and it makes people feel like they're not alone." —Cici, 16

"I have been isolated in the classroom for years. Locker rooms became my worst nightmares. Students and teachers alike scoffed at the request to use my proper name and pronouns" -Olly, 17

"Another major issue is that people don't respect mine or other people's pronouns; you don't have to get it, you just have to respect it. No one should be called 'it.'" —Cici, 16

"I've had kids throw paper balls and clips at me as I tried to do presentations, and I've been called more racial and homophobic slurs than I can count." —Ariana, 17

"I grew up with everyone in the world, telling me that there was something fundamentally wrong with who I am. I'd tell my younger self to accept and appreciate how I feel and who I am in the moment." —Nick, 18

"Everyone deserves equal rights and protection under the law. There are ways to give equality and protection to everyone without infringing on anyone else's rights as well." —Zayne, 16"

"Know that we are just as valid as the straight student sitting next to us in class. The majority of us have to be silent and that's why it's your job to speak up." —Val, 18"

"I feel as though school is not a place made or welcoming for us. School is not a place in which I feel like I can be myself or that people understand me." —Olly, 17