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Rachel MacDonald is a student at the University of Houston Downtown where she studies Sociology. She is the president of the Texas Freedom Network Student Chapter at UHD and a member of the Cultural Advocacy Mobilization Initiative, a program of Adovates for Youth


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About a month ago I had the opportunity to lobby with Equality Texas on behalf of LGBT youth concerning the Romeo and Juliet bill. As I wrote earlier, the experience was eye opening for me. Now I am happy to report that the bill has moved forward!

http://austin.ynn.com/content/top_stories/291374/lawmakers-debate-legal-protections-for-gay-teens

The feeling that comes with physically knocking on a representative’s door and feeling that it made a difference is awesome. I think I have made the leap from letter writer to lobbyist for sure. :)

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After my experience campaigning for the GAAC and petitioning for World Aids Awareness Day, reading this article really solidified a couple of my experiences. I thought it important to share. When handing out free condoms I came across a good number of homosexual men on my campus who refused them claiming they didn’t need them. Some even asked me what I thought they could possibly need them for. I was surprised because I’d wrongly assumed that the homosexual community had a leg up on being educated about safe sex …

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When I first contacted The Texas Freedom Network about starting a student chapter at The University of Houston Downtown, I imagined a little group on campus that would meet occasionally, talk about issues and maybe eat some pizza while enjoying the company of like-minded students. I really thought that would be the extent of it. To my surprise I was completely amazed to be in a situation where I would have the opportunity to become politically active, influence and mobilize my peers during an exhilarating election season and become …