September 5, 2013

Millions were moved by Macklemore’s performance of “Same Love” at the VMAs, and Stephen Lovegrove, a 20-year-old college student, reached out to MTV Act after watching the performance. “My school fired me and took away my financial aid purely because of my sexual orientation, so I understand what it's like to face discrimination,” he wrote.

Stephen had a GPA of 3.8 at Charleston Southern University, a Baptist college, where he was majoring in religion. However, after he began posting videos about being both Christian and gay, he lost his federally funded job at the school, was removed from leadership roles, and banned from being on stage.