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Eden Prairie Teen Honored for Being Strong!

February 21, 2011
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Alyssa Veil, of Eden Prairie MN grew tired of hearing anti-gay slurs and homophobic language.  So much so, she delivered an empassioned spead in December and how hateful words can kill.  Her speech earned her the National Youth Award at the National Conference of LGBT Equality earlier this month.  Congratulations Alyssa for doing what so many are scared to do… Standing Up for what you believe in!

For Alyssa Veil, it was a painful journey, listening to classmates’ anti-gay slurs as she was coming to realize she was “different” during her freshman year at the Blake School in Minneapolis. She became depressed and thought of suicide.

But after two years in a school movement to discourage classmates from using homophobic language, Veil delivered an impassioned speech in December, telling her classmates about her newfound strength and how hateful words can lead lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender teens to kill themselves.

In a triumphant turnaround, the 17-year-old senior from Eden Prairie will receive the annual national youth award of the National Conference of LGBT Equality Sunday at the Minneapolis Hilton. It’s a gathering of more than 2,500 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists, the largest such conference in the United States.

via Eden Prairie teen honored for being ‘different’ and strong | StarTribune.com.