Children from a New York public school were honored by New York City Council members Tuesday for their fight for LGBT rights.
Fourth- and fifth-graders from the Earth School were invited to meet with council members after standing up for LGBT rights for the past year. They were assigned to do a report on LGBT rights but found that one of their favorite educational resources, BrainPOP, didn't have any information on the subject. The students and their teachers then decided to start a group and launch a campaign to get BrainPOP to include information on the subject. They made a video and formed a group called Kids 4 LGBT Rights NOW.
After the children discussed the issue with BrainPOP, officials with the educational website announced that it would include mention of LGBT issues, writing, "We acknowledged the insufficient coverage of gay rights and milestones, and shared with the school our plans for addressing the gap."
Today, during LGBT Pride Month, the students were invited to attend a New York City Council meeting and given a proclamation recognizing their work.
"All children deserve to have LGBT role models and understand what it means to be LGBT without fear of discrimination," said out City Council member Daniel Dromm during the meeting.
The students even visited the historic Stonewall Inn, often credited with launching the modern LGBT rights movement when patrons stood up to police harassment, to make their video. Watch it below.
— Stephen Levin (@StephenLevin33) June 21, 2016