LGBTQ teens leave COVID-19 isolation to connect at St. Petersburg summer camp

During one week-long session, 22 campers ages 13-17 enjoyed hanging out with people like them and building self-confidence without worrying about explaining themselves.

Alvon Griffin started playing slowly, banging out the beat with purple drumsticks on the bottom of a True Value paint bucket.

Boom, clang, clang, clang, clang, clang, clang, boom, clang, boom …

Inside a church sanctuary with pride flags hanging from the walls, a circle of teens watched. A few had short, dyed hair and black jean jackets. Some wore pins, pride bracelets or flower crowns. Many had played instruments before, maybe the ukulele or kazoo.

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