I've always adored children, teens, and twentysomethings. This video exemplifies exactly why I loved teaching so much, why I admire Erin Faith Page more than I can put into words, and why I do not admire the "honored keynote speaker" Sen. Kelly Ayotte in the least, nor the way she personifies the hypocrisy of that Very Serious Outreach Effort (scroll) by the GOP:
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"Bringing someone who is racist, homophobic, transphobic, misogynistic, or openly discriminatory goes against everything that we are taught here at NEC."
"I will not keep quiet on such an important and personal issue."
"There are times when I didn't want to wake up."
"I hated school. Not because I was dumb, but because I had never been surrounded by a community that believed in me."
"May 18th will be the second most important day in my life... I get to look into the crowd knowing that in this moment, I am stronger than I ever thought possible."
"I am confident because I finally believe in myself."
"Because of my experiences at New England College, I was in absolute shock when the news of Senator Kelly Ayotte being our keynote speaker and recipient of an honorary degree was released. I cannot believe that they would choose someone who was the exact opposite of what I believe our school exemplifies."
"Why would we align our name with someone who has no interest in true social justice? Senator Kelly Ayotte is an avid anti-gay marriage, anti-same-sex adoption, and anti-choice senator... She has worked hard to create a state where myself and others are not seen through the same lens, and are not worthy of equal treatment under our laws."
"...I've learned how to tell people like her... that they are wrong."
"This protest is not about Republicans or Democrats. This is about standing up for human rights."
"I want every person on this planet to know that they are worth something. I want the suicides of our LGBT youth to end. I want sexism to be a story of the past, and I want us all to be equal under our law."
Erin Faith Page, a 24-year-old self-identified lesbian, will be the student commencement speaker next week at New England College. She made this video to protest the selection of Sen. Kelly Ayotte to give the keynote address at the graduation ceremony.