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Activist to high school administrators: Why you must ban those antigay badges

"I’m going to have to insist that the 'written harassment' come to an immediate end on your campus..."

"I’m going to have to insist that the 'written harassment' come to an immediate end on your campus..."

Mr. Wood:

I am very concerned with the dangerous call to discriminate against LGBT students that is occurring on your campus by other students that is also being supported by the staff and the district administrators with misguided justification of First Amendment privilege.

As a gay bullied student, forced to leave school and home at 15 because adults did not respond for my protection, I raised myself.

Thank God the several suicide attempts I made because of the rejection and harm caused to me based on my sexual orientation and perceived gender identity expression, never resulted in my death, although I was in a COMA for 5 weeks, on a respirator, waking up paralyzed. With a full recovery, I walked again and decided to fight.

I’m going to have to insist that the “written harassment” come to an immediate end on your campus because of some students call for the elimination of LGBT students in your school with this badge they are wearing crossing out the Rainbow flag, causing immediate and perhaps far reaching trauma.

The Native Paiute of the Walker River Indian Reservation in Nevada named my Poo’e’ta’gwena during my Walk Across America (In Sky A Bright Flash of Colored Light, i.e. Rainbow). Maybe I should come and do a photographic presentation of my literally walking the Rainbow flag across America to raise cultural awareness and the struggle for family acceptance and legislative inclusion.

In 2010, innocent and bullied 13 year old Asher Brown was found dead with a gun-shot to the head, innocent and bullied 13 year old Seth Walsh was found by his loving mother, hanging from a Plum Tree in his backyard here in California and innocent and bullied Tyler Clement at 18, jumped from a bridge to end his life of embarrassment from his peers. The ridicule, pain and suffering from anti LGBT discrimination, harassment and bullying is real and life threatening and you need to in my view, take it much more seriously.

Because so many kids were committing suicide and going through what I went through at 15, in 2010, for those kids I walked the Rainbow flag across America to fight to end their suffering and called on Congress to file an LGBT civil rights act. They did. It’s now in Congress and supported by the White House, known as the Equality Act.

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