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06/05/2013

Eleven-year-old *does* say 'gay'; wins major victory

by Jeremy Hooper

MarcelI was a eleven-year-old Marcel Neergaard. At least I would have been, had I had as much courage back when I was a young gay boy growing up in Tennessee.

Any way, this thrills me:

Today, the non-profit student advocacy organization StudentsFirst issued a statement denouncing the actions of Tennessee Rep. John Ragan for his co-sponsorship of the state's notorious "Don't Say Gay" bill, which stated that teachers should not be able to talk about any type of sexuality that isn't, "related to natural human reproduction" as well as expressed support for anti-bullying legislation federally and in states. The statement also expressed support for Marcel Neergaard, an 11-year-old self-identified gay child who started a petition on MoveOn.org calling for StudentsFirst to rescind the honor of "Reformer of the Year" given to Ragan by the organization. The petition gained more than 53,000 signatures.
KEEP READING: Victory for Marcel! StudentsFirst denounces "Don't Say Gay" bill, supports anti-bullying legislation [GLAAD]

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