Mike Manning Meets With Arkansas LGBT and Allied Youth While On the Road to Equality
September 16, 2011
Post by Mike Manning from the cast of The Real World:DC and former HRC intern.
Mike here! Zack & I just wrapped up an amazing “Coming Out for Equality” event at the Lucille Marie Hamilton Youth Center here in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tonight’s program was in conjunction with Diverse Youth for Social Change (DYSC), a program of Arkansas’ statewide LGBT group, the Center for Artistic Revolution. DYSC is a safe space where participants are encouraged to develop leadership skills, learn about ways to advocate for their lives, build healthy peer relationships, and have mentor support.
I had a great time meeting the youth of Little Rock’s LGBT and Allied community, and encouraged these future leaders to remain involved in the LGBT movement and fight for full equality here in the deep South. I feel that the message of EQUALITY is being heard loud and clear this week in Arkansas, and this is just the beginning! Hearing the stories from this group of passionate youth really reinforces to me that we have a bright and prosperous future ahead of us, particularly when I look at the commitment of these individuals toward the fight to bring fairness and equal treatment to the LGBT Community.
Thus far in my career as an activist, and with all of the organizations I’ve been engaged with big and small, I can honestly say that tonight’s event was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had –talking to youth, educating them about LGBT issues, and watching as the fuse is lit and the activism seed is planted.