OUT’s lead story for March includes a photo essay about young gay people in Savannah.

Out sent photographer Danielle Levitt to Savannah, Ga., to document what it mean to be young and gay in the South today. With the help of Stand Out Youth, a Savannah-based group, Levitt met more than a dozen kids who allowed her to take an unfiltered look at their lives. “For all of the kids it was their first photographic experience, and I loved observing them,” she said. “Even though they each live their lives unapologetically, many had never heard of Out, and I was an entry point for them into a different world with greater reach, so they were very generous with me.”

For all it’s relative progressiveness — Savannah is home to two art schools, a Marc Jacobs boutique, and an American Apparel store — Levitt found the city’s response to cultural shifts in sexual identity a bit date. “I assumed that I could troll the streets or search the Internet and find an abundance of queer kids. I quickly realized that, in fact, tradition has a stronghold on its inhabitants, and that Savannah’s process of coming out is a slow one.”