MSSC believes that it’s impossible to make schools safe without giving young people a voice; for this reason, the coalition is youth led. Our governing body is the Queer Youth Advisory Board (or QYAB). QYAB is made up of diverse high school and college age youth activists from across the state.
Hi, my name is Amber Hammons and I am currently an undergraduate Sociology major with a minor in Women’s Studies at the University of Southern Mississippi. I have lived in Mississippi my entire life. I came to the University of Southern Mississippi because after years of attending a conservative public school in central Mississippi, I needed to find a home within my own home state where I could finally be myself and feel safe about that. My grade school environment kept me closeted and smothered. Thankfully, I was able to find the courage to accept who I was after years of negative rhetoric about LGBT peoples from my community as well as my public school environment.
I joined MSSC in order to help other youth like me that are being kept closeted and smothered by the school environments they are in. I seek to promote healthy rhetoric, positive discussion, and dispel misguided as well as oppressive beliefs. I believe helping youth in our state should always be our first priority. I am really excited about the work we are doing here at the MSSC.
Hey y’all! My name is Elliot. The experience of growing up in rural Kansas and coming out as queer and trans has made me determined to support and empower other young people dealing with similar issues. While I’m still relatively new to Mississippi, I have been involved in LGBTQ organizations and social justice activism since college and am enthusiastic to join the great people in Mississippi pushing for change. I hold a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine and currently work at the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi.
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