Oak Ridge-r Marcel Neergaard, an LGBT advocate/Huffington Post blogger/12-year-old, spoke to Alicia Mendez on the Fusion channel today about his recent trip to Nashville to support HB 927, the "Dignity for All Students Act." The bill would expand the definition of harassment and bullying in schools to include conduct based on actual or perceived traits, including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. When we profiled Neergaard last spring, he'd just managed to get his state representative John Ragan's "Reformer of the Year" award rescinded by (Michelle Rhee's organization) StudentsFirst after Ragan introduced a "don't say gay"-style bill.
In the Fusion interview, Neergaard recaps the type of bullying he experienced as a 5th grader, and reiterates his mission of preventing the same from happening to other kids who are seen as different. The bill he was in Nashville to support is sponsored in the house by Rep. Karen Camper (D-Memphis) and by Sen. Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) in the state Senate. Action on the bill was deferred to March 25.