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Courage in the Face of Discrimination
TEMPEST CARTWRIGHT, 17
Coming from a long line of rural Oklahoma natives, Tempest is a voice for the voiceless in a less visible and conservative part of the country where being LGBT is especially discriminated against. With her military father as a source of steady support, Tempest has reached local, regional and national audiences with her thoughtful disposition, leadership and support for other young people. Tempest was asked to represent her area by GLSEN at a White House event for youth. She has been a volunteer with the Open Arms Youth Project in Tulsa, one of the only LGBT youth clubs in Oklahoma. When she realized how little resources were available to LGBT youth, Tempest became the co- founder and president of her own school’s GSA. Her main goal in all of her leadership work is to give kids somewhere they can go to “feel safe”. As an avid artist, Tempest seeks to eventually connect her passion for the LGBT movement to the arts.