Marcel has been going back and forth between his home in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Nashville to urge Tennessee lawmakers to pass the Dignity for All Students Act, which would provide bullying protections for more students, including on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Last year, Marcel was able to get the educational lobbying organization StudentsFirst to support anti-bullying legislation for the first time in the organization's history. He has continued to speak out, writing frequently for the Huffington Post. It was his most recent post that got him this latest wave of media attention.
The world needs more vocal LGBT youth like Marcel, and we hope that he inspires others to speak out.