• Interview with a teen advocate for LGBT youth

    Date: 08.17.11 | by Natalie Jacobs.

    Caleb Laieski is a 16 year old advocate for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth. Last year Caleb was bullied and harassed at his high school in Arizona, which resulted in him getting his school and district to update its anti-discrimination policy and include protection for LGBT students in the student handbook. 

     After being invited to attend the White House Conference on Bullying in March 2011, Caleb returned to D.C. to meet with nearly 200 members of Congress and congressional offices to advocate for the Student Non-Discrimination Act currently pending before Congress.

    Caleb with President Obama

    He also had the opportunity to meet with President Obama as well as Vice President Biden.

    You can follow Caleb on Twitter or his organization Gays and Lesbians United Against Discrimination on Facebook.

    Hear what Caleb has to say as a bullied youth turned LGBT advocate who is not afraid to use his voice.

    Natalie Jacobs

    This post was written by Natalie Jacobs. Prior to joining the AsktheJudge.info team, Natalie worked as a criminal attorney for over five years. She also has worked with Innocence Projects as well as Girls on the Run of Northern Arizona, a character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade. When she's not reading and writing about youth justice issues, she thinks about becoming a farmer, chef, world traveler, Bikram master, dogwalker and 80’s film reviewer.

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    • Tulsa Divorce Attorney
      Wed, 17 Aug 2011 at 08:24

      I’m glad that Caleb’s voice is being heard, but it’s important to keep in mind that LGBT’s are not the only groups of young people who are singled out for bullying…the problem is much, much larger than that.

    • Oklahoma Divorce Lawyer
      Thu, 18 Aug 2011 at 06:16

      It sounds like Caleb is a trailblazer for young people in the LGBT community.

    • Askthejudge.info
      Fri, 19 Aug 2011 at 12:42

      New blog post: Interview with a teen advocate for LGBT youth http://t.co/VPhJuER

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