September 20, 2012

Lunenburg, MA. July, 2012

This is my friend Chris, one of the nicest people I know and an extraordinary and tireless mobilizer for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender social justice and equality. So there. When he was nine years old, he started an organization to save the Amazon rainforest and collected money door-to-door in his central Massachusetts hometown, raising enough to buy and preserve an acre. Five years later, he came out to his family and friends and has been an advocate and community leader ever since. When he was 15, he started a campaign to expel military recruiters from his high school based on the school district’s non-discrimination policy. You get the picture. (This picture was taken in the middle of the lake where Chris grew up on the occasion of a recent summer get-together.) Tonight, he’s being honored by Boston’s History Project as the 2012 “emerging activist whose impact on the local GLBT communities deserves recognition.” I’ll say. (You can read more about Chris and the reasons why he richly deserves such recognition here.)

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