The Fighters: Looking around in the lab, Jack Andraka seemed to be the only LGBT person, but the brainy teen says he came out so he wouldn’t be alone.
Live Out Loud’s Role Model of the Week is Edward “Chip” Sarafin! Chip is a football player at Arizona State University who shared his story with Compete Magazine and became the first college football player to come out as gay while still in school. He is working on a Master’s degree in biomedical engineering, focusing on preventing football concussions by making helmets safer.
"Someone who gives back to everyone, and loves his family… that is the type of man I want to be."
Click here to read the Compete interview: http://bit.ly/XkjEtS
Live Out Loud’s Role Model of the Week is actress Emily Rios!
Emily plays a gay character on The Bridge and in her recent interview with AfterEllen.com she discusses how she personally related to her character’s experience of coming out:
“Adrianna’s story on The Bridge is a little different because her mom is ashamed and embarrassed, but I dealt with that as well,” she said. “But it just took a year for ‘Hey it’s not a phase, this is really happening.’ And then they get comfortable with it.”
"I know there are younger kids and teens that are going through the same things that I went through, coming out, and kind of finding themselves. I wanted to write my memoir so I could show them I was there, I made it through, even when I was at my lowest moments. I still pushed through and I made it. When I was growing up I really didn’t have a role model in sports who came out early in their career — to give me hope."
Thank you, Brittney Griner, for embracing your status as a role model!
Read more: http://www.advocate.com/40-under-40-emerging-voices/2014/07/29/40-under-40-brittney-griner-wants-our-kids-feel-hope
Congratulations to Laverne Cox for her historic Emmy nomination for Orange Is the New Black!
Laverne is the first openly transgender actress to receive an Emmy nomination. We’re rooting for you, Laverne!
Read more: http://bit.ly/1zrLuCR
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
Today, we remember the immortal words and achievements of Maya Angelou. As we mourn her passing, we must also continue her legacy of compassion and action that brightened the world for so many people.
Today we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Harvey Mlik on what would have been his 84th birthday.
We invite GSA club leaders to download our lesson plans to help students learn about, and continue, his legacy.
Click here to download Live Out Loud’s lesson plans.
Live Out Loud’s Role Model of the Week is Michael Sam! Michael made history this week in becoming the first openly gay NFL player after being drafted by the St. Louis Rams.
At a recent press conference, his message to LGBTQ youth was: "If someone disowns you, be part of my family."