Here’s the kind of story that’ll make you wonder what YOU spent your early teen years doing.

Just a couple of years after she came out, 14-year-old Amelia Roskin-Frazeel launched The Make It Safe Project, a book project that works to donate books about sexual orientation to K-12 schools and youth homeless shelters.

From the website:

Many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) teens only hear the word “gay” when it is used to mean “bad,” as in the phrase, “That’s so gay.” Schools rarely have books about being LGBT and most health curricula overlook LGBT relationships, sending a message to their LGBT students that they are not worth as much as their straight peers. As a result, startling numbers of LGBT teens have been bullied to the point where they have taken their own lives.

Amelia, who says she finally got fed up defending “gay rights” and decided to start defending “[her] rights,” also founded her middle school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) – The Rainbow Connection – and has since worked as a 2011-2012 GLSEN Student Ambassador and NorCal Youth Council Member for GSA Network.

Whew!

Learn more about donating or requesting books, finding support by reading and sharing stories, and other ways parents and teens can get involved.

To keep up with and spread the word about The Make It Safe Project, check out the organizations official Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    Last reviewed: 9 Dec 2011

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2011). Weekend Reading: Teen Launches ‘Make It Safe’ Book Project. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 17, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2011/12/weekend-reading-teen-launches-make-it-safe-book-project/

 

 

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