Sometimes students must teach their teachers.
Sameer Jha, a 16-year-old LGBT activist, has made it his mission to end anti-LGBT bullying in schools. He recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise funds to publish a teacher’s guide to creating safer schools for LGBT students.
“Every teacher whose heart and mind we touch can in turn impact the lives of hundreds of students,” Jha says, adding that most books about LGBT students are written from an adult perspective. “Slowly but surely, we can make a positive change to our school culture so that the most vulnerable youth are supported and protected.”
A Congressional Award recipient, Jha has served as a youth ambassador and board member for LGBT organizations like the GSA Network and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. He was also the 2017 Youth Grand Marshal for the Oakland Pride Parade.
Jha has spent the past two years participating in conferences, workshops, and rallies across …
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