Following GLAAD media training, Dynasty Young and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, have shared their story on Good Morning America, CNN and MSNBC. GLAAD staff have also been working closely with local and national media outlets to ensure that this story is told in an accurate and thoughtful way.
Having endured severe bullying for the entire school year, on April 16 Dynasty Young of Indianapolis, Indiana used an electrical self-protection device to ward off bullies. Neither Dynasty, nor the bullying perpetrators were injured, but Dynasty was arrested for protecting himself. He was also suspended from school and is now facing expulsion. On Sunday evening, Dynasty and his mother, Chelisa Grimes, sat down for a live interview with CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon.
On Thursday we shared with you the story of Dynasty Young, the openly gay high-school student who's now facing expulsion after using an electrical self-protection device in response to severe bullying. In order for media coverage of this story to meet fair, accurate and inclusive journalistic standards, several important questions need to be raised.
After her son, Dynasty Young, 17, reported several instances of bullying that were not properly addressed by school administrators, Chelisa Grimes sent her son to school with a self-protection device. On April 16, allegedly after being cornered by a group of students who called him names, cursed and threatened to beat him up, Dynasty fired the device into the air. The students backed off, and no one was injured. Shortly thereafter, school police officers came into Dynasty's classroom and handcuffed him. Dynasty has been suspended from school and is now facing expulsion.
A local group of African-American citizens is worried that a dark period of American history might repeat itself if Amendment One passes Tuesday.
As part of an informal coalition of city residents who oppose the so-called “marriage amendment,” 10 African-Americans — most of them Christians — came forward earlier this week to express their belief that the legislation discriminates against a minority group — gays and lesbians — just as their race was the target of discrimination for centuries.
Reports out of Minneapolis have it that CeCe McDonald has accepted a plea deal for second degree manslaughter in the death of Dean Schmitz. McDonald is a black transgender woman who says she was attached by Schmitz with racist and homophobic slurs. Her supporters have rallied at the court house all week, saying that her case is a stunning example of institutional biases against black and transgender communities.
The above ad appeared Thursday in the Carolina Peacekeeper, a black community newspaper in Guilford County, NC. Pictured is a group of African-American interfaith clergy, all of whom are speaking out against North Carolina's Amendment One, a legal effort to ban marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples.
Tonight a rally will be held to remember and demand justice for Paige Clay, a transgender woman who on April 16 was found shot to death on Chicago's West Side. Her wake and funeral service will take place this Friday, May 4.