More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Lesbian Youth Spearheads Make It Safe Project
The Make It Safe Project was started by Amelia Roskin-Frazee, a 14-year-old from San Francisco, to provide resources, in the form of books, to schools that lack the resources to keep their students safe. The project sends a Make It Safe Package of 10 books that address sexual orientation and gender identity to schools across the nation.
In addition to providing packages for schools that lack the resources on their own, The Make It Safe website provides a forum for students to give and find advice on starting or joining a GSA in their own school. Amelia has shared her own story of coming out and starting a GSA in her middle school and now as a high school student continues to act as an advocate for change with the Make It Safe Project and by serving as a GLSEN Student Ambassador. Her coming out story is included in the New York Times interactive LGBT youth blog, and her work to Make it Safe has recently been featured in Bay Windows and She Wired.
The Make It Safe Package includes 6 fiction titles:
Ash by Melinda Lo
Annie On My Mind by Nancy Gardener
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
Luna by Julie Anne Peters
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
Rubyfruit Jungle by Rita Mae Brown
And 4 non-fiction:
It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living edited by Dan Savage and Terry Miller
GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens by Kelly Huegel
Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens by Kathy Belge
Like Me by Chely Wright
GLAAD applauds Amelia Roskin-Frazee for sharing her story and her work to Make It Safe for all students. To learn more about the project and share your story, visit www.makeitsafeproject.org