Young LGBT voices: what does pride mean to you? - Pascal Tessier

Pascal Tessier is a 16 year old high school student and Boy Scout. In the spring Pascal made national news when he spoke out agaist the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policies.

My pride comes from the confused look in the eyes of a stranger, someone who'll never know me. It comes from the shocked tone in the voice of a classmate, someone who doesn't know my story. It comes from the furious hand of a discriminator, someone who is past reason.

I'm proud because there are people who will look at me, tell me I'm wrong, and do their best to beat me down; and because I know they're never going to push me into the dirt.

My pride may not be loud, I may be too shy to get on a float in a parade, but I'll be damned if I'm made to sit here and watch as people are told they're not as good as the rest of the world, for any reason. Be it race, religion, gender, sexuality, or any of the marks that we haven't even started fighting for.