Lily Gellman is a 17-year-old senior at The Beacon School who shares a room with her tortoise in her New York City apartment. She is co-president of her high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and a Student Ambassador with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, and is also the founder and co-editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, As It Happens. She has been published in print in Beacon Ink, Spark! Magazine, and various Writopia anthologies. In the digital realm, she has been published on the GLSEN Blog, Feministing, and her own blog, The Equality Girl. She has won numerous regional keys and four national gold medals from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in multiple genres, including poetry, humor, and science fiction. The most recent of these was her 2011 award for her play, “Silence So Loud, Speaks So Proud,” which also won second place in last year’s NYCLU’s Freedom of Expression writing contest. Lily is very thankful for the support of her friends and family as she does her part in a movement that insists on equality both in the safety of our schools, and in the reach of our political rights. She hopes that you will enjoy her posts about feminist and LGBTQ issues. In her spare time, Lily enjoys reading novels, running in Central Park, and playing the drums.