Young Trailblazers Fall 2009 Update

Your contributions helped make their education possible!

At the Annual Young Trailblazers Benefit Gala in April 2009, Live Out Loud honored four LGBT high school seniors with $2500 scholarships in recognition of their outstanding leadership.

With the generous support of the Live Out Loud community, these four young adults are now beginning their college careers, and we are excited to bring you an update on their activities.

Emily Raimondo
Sarah Lawrence College Studying: Writing, Literature, and LGBT Studies
Emily is happy to report that she's been paired with a fun roommate from Lebanon who's also gay. She's about to start a work-study job as a first-grade teaching assistant in Yonkers, and has found time to sign up for a variety of LGBT organizations, including Queer Voice Coalition and Queer People of Color. Emily says Live Out Loud has "given me one of the best experiences of my life."
Jeremy Rodriguez
Burlington County CollegeStudying: English and Journalism
Jeremy's Live Out Loud scholarship paid for his entire first semester -- books and all -- at his community college, and is helping him to save for his ultimate transfer to a four-year school. Being local, he's surrounded by old friends, and he's looking forward to joining a campus club called GLASS (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Supporters).
Kat Brockschmidt
Rockland Community College Studying: Journalism and Communications
Kat is already completely consumed with the school newspaper, which featured two of her articles in the first issue of the semester. She hopes to help revive the school's flagging GSA, and also plans to serve as a volunteer when the AIDS quilt visits her school in a few months.
Nick Garafola
Denison University, Granville, Ohio Studying: Environmental Economics
Despite its small campus, Nick says Denison has a thriving gay community, and the entire school is united around a set of core values that make him feel completely at home. He's already active in Outlook, the school's GSA, and he says his entire experience at Denison so far is everything he had hoped for.

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