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.
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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