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Eighth Graders Speak Up For Gay Rights (VIDEO)

Eighth Graders Speak Up For Gay Rights (VIDEO)


Eighth graders Maja Eernise, Lucy Miller and Symphonie Cameron want to make a change in the world. The trio, from Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, Missouri, have started by releasing a video speaking out against bullying and anti-gay prejudice.

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Their advocacy is motivated by a simple principle: that all people should be equal. The young women aim to make this idea a reality, and the gay rights cause seemed like a natural place to start.

From the Maplewood-Brentwood Patch:

The girls haven’t had to go far to hear about gay rights issues. Same-sex marriage dominated the headlines this summer as New York became the sixth state to allow gay people to marry, and the It Gets Better anti-bullying campaign videos are viral on YouTube.

But at the middle school, the girls say, the issue isn’t touched on enough. That’s why they made a video, Eernise said.

“If students talk about it, other students will want to listen to us,” she said.

The hardest part of being a 14-year-old activist is getting adults to listen.

“They tend to disregard my ideas and thoughts because of my age, which is infinitely frustrating,” Miller said. “Even if I’m making valid points, they still disregard everything I’m saying because I’m 14. It’s still something I struggle with.”

You can click here to read more about Maja Eernise, Lucy Miller and Symphonie Cameron, including how they’re hoping to change sexist attitudes displayed by boys in their school.

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3:59PM PST on Feb 22, 2012

The world need more kids like these young women: )

3:02PM PST on Jan 16, 2012

These young women are wonderful! I expect to see more of them in the future!

8:44AM PST on Jan 16, 2012

Good kids.. their parents should be so proud! I know I am proud of them

3:13AM PST on Jan 15, 2012

It is great to see young people working for justice, especially if school is as intolerant as I remember when I was in Junior High!

7:30AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

I think everybody have right to live in own way !
But nobody should disturb another !
Up to them .

6:01AM PST on Jan 13, 2012

Good for them. Their parents should be proud of the children they've raised.

3:19PM PST on Jan 12, 2012


3:00PM PST on Jan 12, 2012

How brave of these girls to address an issue that will likely result in others launching hate attacks(verbal only hopefully) against them for standing up for what is true and right.

11:31AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

These 8th graders have the right idea and I hope they continue to speak out.

10:03AM PST on Jan 12, 2012

I admire these eighth graders for speaking out for
what they believe in.
May they set an example for all of us.

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