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Marcel Neergaard is a LGBTQ youth activist, singer, avid reader and cat fanatic.

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Mothers Can Stand Up, Too

(3) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 9:56 AM

I'm from Tennessee. Being an openly gay middle schooler is pretty hard, especially here in Bible belt. So you can imagine how proud I am of the work that I have done and of the fact that I will keep fighting for better anti-bullying legislation. I am not just going...

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(82) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 12:36 PM

This summer I crafted a petition against StudentsFirst's Educational Reformer of the Year award going to John Ragan. Ragan's proposed "Don't Say Gay" bill worked to destroy safe spaces for LGBTQ students. It said teachers could not talk about being gay, and principals or counselors had to call...

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Wearing Purple Can Save Lives

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 2:58 PM

I've got spirit, yes I do. I've got spirit, how 'bout you!? Did you know showing your spirit could save lives? By wearing purple on October 17, you are standing with millions of people against bullying and supporting LGBT youth for Spirit Day. For kids like me it's more than...

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GSAs Make a Difference

(9) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 4:28 PM

When I told my parents I was gay, they were bewildered. My parents hadn't ever heard of an openly gay 10-year-old, yet there I was. They tried their best to support me, but they couldn't be everything. There are few resources for young gay kids. Fortunately, a friend told my...

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Back to School

(37) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Two years ago, my smile was flipped upside-down when anyone mentioned fifth grade. Each day I dragged myself to school, trudged down the halls, and was called a faggot. I was not yet out of the closet, but my true self was obvious. My parents saved my life by choosing...

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A Night of Candles

(3) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 3:56 PM

In July, I witnessed a room of LGBTQ activist campers become a room of anti-hate activists. I realized that we should not be fighting for rights for different groups, but we should be fighting for rights as one community. All of us should be equal.

Drowsy from a long...

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Taking a Stand Against Anti-Gay Bullying (VIDEO)

(535) Comments | Posted June 1, 2013 | 8:25 AM

I am Marcel Neergaard, and I am 11 years old. This year I was homeschooled for sixth grade because of severe bullying. If I had gone back to public school, there is a great possibility that I would have taken my own life. That possibility would have grown if a...

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