On June 1, 2015, I experienced one of the most powerful moments of my life when I joined Jackie Swindell, Parker Davidson, and Awreon Riley at the GLSEN Respect Awards to accept the award for GSA of the Year. We decided to use that opportunity to call attention to the lack of LGBTQ anti-bullying policies in America's schools and to remind everyone that the battle for respect and equality is far from over in the middle of our country. Here is the transcript of that speech. Read the words and know that they come from the hearts of two educators and two students who desire to see a public school system where all students are celebrated for being exactly who they are.
When one of my new straight-male friends asked if he could sit in on a QSA meeting, I immediately said yes and took him to a panel on LGBT dating, hoping to show him how cool the queer community is. The discussion was mostly civil, until my fledgling ally worked up the courage to ask one simple question.