Caleb Laieski has made headlines locally and nationally by working to pass anti-bullying legislation. Caleb tells his story of the ‘spark’ that got him started on his journey that would change his life. He started ‘pushing back’ when he was thirteen (he’s now sixteen), starting to report bullying and harassment to the administration at his school, but they and the district were not interested in helping him. After that, he sued with the district with the help of the ACLU. Even though the case was eventually dropped, sexual orientation became protected under the district’s policies.
This year, Caleb was one of the Grand Marshals in the Phoenix Pride Parade and has definitely become a known figure in our local community, as well as nationally. He was invited by the White House to attend the nation’s first-ever Anti-Bullying Conference and made his first trip to Washington to attend the Conference earlier this year. He has been back to Washington several times since, meeting with members of Congress, talking to President Obama at the Reception Observing LGBT Pride Month and learning about our country’s political system.
Listen as Caleb talks about how his life has changed and what other LGBT youth can do to make a difference in their own lives, schools and communities — just like Caleb has done. We hope that many LGBT youth will be listening to this show as it’s important to get Caleb’s message out to as many people as possible.
For youth needing help coming out and dealing with being LGBT, you can seek out the help of the 1n10 youth program here in the Valley, PFLAG is also a great organization, and,, if you are having suicidal thoughts, contact The Trevor Project.
Also, one last thing, we are supporting AIDS Walk Phoenix once again and we want our listeners to join our team! We’re challenging our listeners to help us out-fundraise all the other teams this year! Join our team and get more information at this link.