Advocate and artist Alex Escaja-Heiss named a top influencer of LGBTQ youth
Alex Escaja-Heiss, a double major in film and television studies and gender, sexuality and women’s studies at UVM, was recognized this month by GLAAD as one of “20 Under 20: Young LGBTQ People Shaping The Future of Media and Activism” in Teen Vogue magazine.
The Pride Month feature “recognizes that, now more than ever, today’s youth, especially LGBT young people, plan an instrumental role in fostering sustainable and inclusive cultural change.” GLAAD is an organization devoted to countering discrimination against LGBTQ individuals.
Escaja-Heiss began to adopt filmmaking as a medium to interpret his own world view during his years as a student at South Burlington’s Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, where he participated in a film and TV broadcasting club.
“I got hooked—film is a medium that’s so evocative, that can convey ideas so powerfully. I also watched a lot of movies around that time that really changed my ideas and perspectives. I wanted to create the same kind of challenging content.”