Gillian Laub for TIME
KayKay McGowan, 18, The Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Boston.
After the article was published, KayKay’s mother Meghan House followed up with us:
"I don’t think it’s really sunk in how momentous this is. A black gay youth that comes from a small white town, is in TIME magazine, it’s extraordinary. Maybe certain people are going to read this article, and it might change their minds about things."
You can see more of the portraits from the magazine here.