Take time out to read Chelsea Grimes' warm, heartfelt Advocate piece today. It details her struggle to with school officials who she says failed to do something about the bullying her son, 17-year-old Dynasty Young, faced daily for being gay.
"Like any parent, I turned to school administrators—the people who are expected to protect our children when they’re not in our homes, providing a nurturing and safe environment," Grimes said. I never expected for school leaders to turn the table, blaming my son for the harassment because they thought the way he dressed was too flamboyant and even suggested that he change everything that’s beautiful about him to avoid being the target of hate."
Grimes has since enrolled Dynasty in a charter school and filed a federal suit against the school district for their inaction. She also had a message for other LGBT youth.
"If there’s one thing I want for my kids—and every other lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender young person—to know, it’s this: You’re beautiful as you are, and never let anyone make you believe otherwise."