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14-Year-Old Rocking for LGBT Youth

14-Year-Old Rocking for LGBT Youth

The Indie Rock Kid is back doing what he does so well, organizing a concert in support of LGBT youth.

When Lindsay Spangler wrote about him last year, 13-year-old Noah Hornik was planning a concert to benefit The Trevor Project and It Gets Better.

What prompted Hornik to take on such a major production was a string of suicides brought on by anti-gay bulling. It was not his first bold action in the fight for LGBT rights. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he had already founded the Rainbow Connection, a gay-straight alliance in his middle school.

Scheduling last year’s concert meant paying full price for the venue, hiring musicians, marketing the event, raising funds, selling tickets and handling the myriad details that go into a large event. When receipts were counted, the first It Gets Indie concert had raised $20,000 for the two projects.

This year’s concert is June 23rd. Once again, it is scheduled for San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Two bands are featured: Princeton from Los Angeles and Local Hero from Berkeley. This time It Gets Indie is an official event in the San Francisco Pride 2012 lineup.

With an older brother who is gay, Hornik also has a personal reason for wanting to clear away the cobwebs of intolerance. After speaking with the boys’ father, Cathy Brooks wrote in Huffington Post:

“What Julian and Noah do, what we as a family believe, is that this [support of the LGBT community] is not a passive activity, it is something that is our obligation as decent human beings — to try and make life better for those who don’t have the support.”

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11:07AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

It is really up to the young to take back their world and make it better. Many of us "old guys" will die off and hopefully the young will live up to their promise and make the world better.

3:02PM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Noah Hornick you ROCK!!! And thank you Gene for the share!!!!

7:41AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thank God for kids like this... gives me hope for the future.

5:39AM PDT on Jun 25, 2012

Thank you Gene for forwarding the story and Thanks Noah for being heroic in your quest to teach tolerance... you are an inspiration the Adults in the political atmospere should follow your lead and example the world would be a better place.

2:17AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Great kid.

12:58AM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Sometimes it just takes a fantastic 14 year old to restore my faith in the human race.
Thanks for the forward Gene.

6:59PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Standing ovation here for you, Noah! Namaste!

12:23PM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Kudos to this boy and his family!

9:44AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Unbelievable kid and family! This is an incredible way for this boy to magnify his soul...he is fulfilling a wonderful purpose. And...what inspirational and organizational ability. I would think he could do just about anything he wants in the future.
Thanks, Gene, for the Isaiah 11:6 quote - if only that could happen NOW! We keep hearing about 5/21/2012 being the end...maybe it will be the beginning of a new enlightenment?!!??!!

9:00AM PDT on Jun 23, 2012

Thanks gene this was a nice catch, we need more kids like this and not just out there for the gay community but being positively involved in change for the better and not following the lines of hate they see from grownups around them and on tv. They dont realize how much power they really have.

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