FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- Dont Hate! Educate.
- News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: Wade Richards
Don�t Hate! Educate.
Huntsville, AL- Education holds a metamorphosing power
that when truth is revealed exorbitant change unfolds.
This is why diversity education plays such a crucial
role in the lives of our young people. On Friday,
January 4th at 5:00 p.m. StandOut! will be hosting a
Press Conference called Don�t Hate! Educate. Please
contact our office for directions. Our goal is to
bring assurance that each member of every school
community is valued and respected, regardless of
sexual orientation. You might ask yourself, �How does
this affect me?� Well, have you ever made a decision
about a person or group of people without sufficient
knowledge of what they were about? In allowing
yourself to make that discussion a felling of
Prejudice raises within you. Prejudice births an
action of Discrimination.
Question � How do teenagers discriminate?
Answer � Very easily, most teenagers find themselves
belonging to a clique, and many times when you don�t
fit their mold you can become the target of unbearable
ridicule. That is Discrimination.
This is just a small glimpse of the issues that our
Gay and Lesbian youth deal with on daily bases. You
can make a difference in lives of these young people.
This time of the year many individuals are preparing
their New Years resolutions, we hope that educating
your-self about the issues that face Gay and Lesbian
youth would be a top priority.
At the Don�t Hate! Educate. Press Conference you will
hear from individuals that in dealing with these
issues it has become a desire for them to speak out
and educate their community about Diversity.
James Ivy � StandOut! Member and a freshman at Lee
High School. Huntsville, AL
Robert Makowski � StandOut! Member and a sophomore at
the University of Alabama-Huntsville.
Lance Ewens � StandOut! Mentor and a graduate of
Ardmore High School. Ardmore, AL
Wade Richards � StandOut! Founder and Executive
This press conference is in collaboration with the
Diversity and Discrimination Awareness Project. The
purpose of the Diversity and Discrimination Awareness
Project is to educate young people about respecting
others, break the misconceptions of homosexuality, and
promote diversity. StandOut! is in the process of
contacting and meeting the Guidance offices of every
public school and College in the Tennessee Valley
area. We will be sending these institutions a
Diversity Awareness packet, which includes information
on hosting a Diversity Awareness Day on March 1st,
Don�t Hate! Educate. Press Conference
On Friday, January 4th at 5:00 p.m.
Located at the StandOut! Office (Please Call (256)
837-0269 for directions)
Wade Richards, 22 years old, resides in Huntsville,
Alabama with his partner Lance Ewens. Wade is a
graduate of Exodus residential "ex-gay" ministry Love
In Action (LIA) and also attended Critchon Bible
College, both in Memphis, TN. After graduating from
LIA, he was hired on as the Outreach Coordinator for a
national Christian youth organization called The SALT
(Savior's Alliance for lifting the Truth). Following
his departure from The SALT Wade founded StandOut!, a
national gay and lesbian youth advocacy organization.
Wade has been featured in the national gay and lesbian
newsmagazine The Advocate, as well as the Human Rights
Campaign publication of Free at Last. He also has been
featured on programs such as ABC�s 20/20, Alan Colmes
Talk Radio in New York City, and numerous other media
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