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.

Watch the video now:

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 havenít 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 Iím 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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Bethany Donaher
Bethany Donaher3 years ago

The world need more kids like these young women: )

Beth M.
Beth M.3 years ago

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

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

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

Chad A.
Chad Anderson3 years ago

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!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.3 years ago

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

Kristen S.
Kristen H.3 years ago

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

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L.3 years ago


Stefan Dwornik

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.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

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

Deborah D.
Deborah D.3 years ago

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