Meet Ella Briggs, an 11 year old LGBT+ activist and now elected the “Kid Governor” from Connecticut. The award-winning statewide action teaches the kids civics and the winner is “sworn in” at the Old State House in the capital
Ella wants much more than that, her motivation and expectations are high, her awarenesses of society, inclusion and acceptance teach a life lesson to all of us. She says she will be the country’s “first lesbian president.”
Briggs said during her swearing-in ceremony: “I will begin important conversations with students and adults all over this great state. We will talk about what it means to be accepting and respectful of everyone, including those of us in the LGBT+ community,”
6,400 students from 87 schools participated this year, but some of her classmates at Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School in Avon refused to attend her swearing in. Some parents wouldn’t allow their children to attend.
She added: “A lot of kids do not really feel comfortable with who they are, I just want everyone to be happy and be themselves, and I want to share that with the kids who need the most”
“I’m just so happy that most kids in my class came,” she said. “There were some kids who pulled out but you can’t do anything about that. Haters going to hate. It’s just so amazing being in a room full of people who accept me. It feels really good.”
One teacher told her that it’s “not appropriate” to discuss LGBT+ issues in the program, but that didn’t stop Ella from reaching for the stars and proving that teacher completely wrong. She succeeded in her powerful speech to a full audience of acceptance and love. Congratulations to Ella’s parents for raising and supporting her. You have our vote already, Ella.
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