Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Yay! For Kerry!

Gay teen leader in U.S. spotlight

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/04/06
It began as a simple request a year ago. Kerry Pacer and her friends wanted to start a club for gay students like them at their high school in the Georgia mountains.

Students booed her. Her pals were called names. Out-of-state evangelical fundamentalists showed up and protested against the teens.
Kerry Pacer, leader of a gay youth group in White County, has been named The Advocate magazine's Person of the Year.
Yet, Kerry and her friends stuck with their plan, making a difference in the school, and getting community support.

After all that, Kerry's fight to bring a change to White County has now brought her national recognition. The gay newsmagazine, The Advocate, has selected the White County High senior as its Person of the Year — an honor previously reserved for notable gay Americans like artist Robert Mapplethorpe and Episcopal Church bishop Gene Robinson. Among those who received honorable mention this year were singer Melissa Etheridge and professional basketball player Sheryl Swoopes.

"It's overwhelming," Kerry said of the honor. "It's gotten better, I could say that. We are still meeting."
Brave girl, deserves all the acolades she gets. Good luck to Kerry
Rock on, Kerry!! Wow, at an age when most crumble under adult pressure, she stood strong. That's so refreshing!
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