August 1, 2013

Michigan resident Justin Barr is not your average high school junior. He represents a new generation of LGBT activists who are just starting to make their voices heard. Earlier this year, he met with city council members in his hometown of Greenville, MI (pop. 8,460) to request they adopt a non-discrimination ordinance in their city.

“At the federal level, it is illegal to discriminate based on factors such as race, religion, age, sex, just to mention a few,” Barr told the council. “It is a common misconception that it is illegal to do the same based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Federal laws do not protect against discrimination based on these attributes.”

Seriously? We wish we had been that well-spoken when we were 16.