Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Local Pride Center posts support video on YouTube

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Four months ago, Jonah Mowry, a Southern California eighth-grader, posted a video on YouTube.

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It sat, unwatched by most, until Dec. 1, when a friend suggested he add it to his Facebook page.

The video (below) shares his story, via handwritten notecards, and the gay teen's fear of going back to school and being bullied.

Over the past few weeks, the video has gone viral, now with more than 8 million hits. Mowry has been interviewed on Good Morning America, and the video was tweeted by Lady Gaga.

Just yesterday, the Colorado Springs Pride Center jumped into the media frenzy, posting its response to Jonah's video on YouTube.

For those, like Jonah, who are experiencing bullying due to sexual orientation or gender identity, the Pride Center offers help and can be reached at 694-3971. Also, Inside/Out Youth Services provides a safe space, groups, education and more for youth ages 13 to 22. They can be reached, confidentially, at 328-1056.

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