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FabuList: Cyrus Sinai July 1st, 2011
FabuList: Cyrus Sinai

At this year's Trevor LIVE, three extraordinary queer youth received the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award.  The Colin Higgins Foundation established the Youth Courage Awards in 2000 to further the spirit and life of Colin Higgins, the acclaimed  screenwriter and director whose films celebrate honesty and integrity in the face of adversity. Over the last decade, the Foundation has issued 41 awards to activists hailing from 17 states and Puerto Rico. The following is an excerpt from the Trevor LIVE program book. An 18-year-old from Santa Clara, Cyrus Sinai comes from an Iranian immigrant family and was actively attending the Mormon Church as a young person. Cyrus describes the battle over his sexuality as a young person and the countless hours spent trying to "pray the gay away." As with many young people in such painful times, Cyrus was convinced his homosexuality was a disease and considered suicide. Cyrus eventually left the Mormon Church and took a life-changing trip to West Africa when he was 16 - finally coming out to his family, friends and school. Under Cyrus' leadership as he GSA president in his school, the membership more than tripled in size and has become one of the most prominent clubs on his ...

UPDATE: Ravi Pleads Not Guilty in Clementi Case May 23rd, 2011
UPDATE: Ravi Pleads Not Guilty in Clementi Case

Dharun Ravi took the stands today and pleaded "not guilty" to the 15 counts he stands accused of in the Tyler Clementi case. This particular case has received national attention regarding anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying laws (Tyler Clementi's name was even given to New Jersey's aggressive anti-harrassment act) but just in case you are not familiar with things, let me bring you up to speed. Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student and violin lover, jumped off the George Washington Bridge and ended his life after learning his roommate, Davi, recorded him during an intimate moment with a man via webcam. Ravi watched the encounter with his friend Molly Wei on her computer, who now flipped and is testifying against Ravi to save her own ass. I don't blame her. Both parties are in the wrong, but only one of them took the time to orchestrate an elaborate recording session to humiliate their roommate. Both Wei and Ravi have withdrawn from Rutgers University and Ravi is currently out on $25,000-worth of bail (his tuition money, I'm sure). Tyler's father, Joseph Clementi released a statement after Ravi took the stand: "Today Mr. Ravi has been arraigned on multiple counts alleging criminal acts against our son Tyler. We are ...

Wei to testify in Tyler Clementi’s Case May 23rd, 2011
Wei to testify in Tyler Clementi’s Case

Molly Wei, the other former Rutgers University student implicated in Tyler Clementi’s case, will testify against Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate, in his upcoming trial. Wei’s testimony comes as part of something called a pretrial intervention, which will drop all charges against her if she completes 300 hours of community service and receives counseling about cyberbullying and sensitivity to “alternate lifestyles” (alternate lifestyles is in quotes because I hate that phrase). Ravi, if he is convicted, can face up to 10 years in prison. There’s a lot about this case that we don’t know about. Both Wei and Ravi have been virtually underground following Clementi’s suicide and I personally hope their testimonies shed some light into their motives. Dharun Ravi is expected to testify in court later today. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on this story as it develops.