James Robinson, founder and director of the Huntsville-based Gay,Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Advocacy and Youth Services, wasrecognized for his work in fighting bullying during the February 19, 2012,14th Annual Vigil for Victims of Hate & Violence in Montgomery. JoiningRobinson at the rally are, from left, Christopher Bush-Winston, RonRichard, Tam McDowell, Elizabeth Crankshaw, Robinson and Terri Michal.(Courtesy of GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services)
GLTB advocate honored during annual Vigil for Victims of Hate & Violence in Montgomery
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:04 PM Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 1:21 PM
Kay Campbell, The Huntsville Times
-- In the last two years,former special education teacher James Robinson'sHuntsville-based
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,Transgender Advocacy & Youth Services
hasbecome recognized nationwide for its work fightingbullying against gay youth, but also any kind of bullying.Ronald Rickard, one of the organization'ssupporters, reports on joining a recent vigil inMontgomery to raise awareness of the need tofight violence against people for any reason,including for reasons of prejudice against someone's sexual orientation.Rickard joined others from Huntsville who traveled to Montgomery recently for a rally against hatred and violence. Here's his report:
: 14th Annual
Vigil for Victims of Hate & Violence
in Montgomery Feb. 19, 2012.
: Presentation of the Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award to James Robinson of Huntsville, founder anddirector of the Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Bisexual Advocacy and Youth Services, for his work in preventingbullying against any child in the Huntsville City Schools.
Six of us crammed into a car headed to Montgomery. Ahead of us a check point on an amazing journey towards equal rights.LGBT organizations have come and gone in Alabama, but James' group,
GLBT Advocacy & Youth Services
, hasproven that it is here to stay. After two and a half years, GLBTAYS is growing and helping more and more people.It's so inspiring to think of how one LGBT organization in the heart of the South can continue to fight for equality.
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