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Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest entries due Friday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s is now seeking entries for the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications and the Imperial Court de San Diego.

The competition is open to all high school students ages 14-18 in San Diego County schools.

This year's essay topic is below.

As we appear to be on the verge of national marriage equality, there is much discussion and debate in the LGBT movement about which of the many remaining issues are the next LGBTQ community priorities. Though the movement has accomplished a great deal, our work is clearly not yet done. This particularly true for our youth.

Studies show that schools nationwide are hostile environments for a distressing number of LGBTQ students. Nationally, we know that 55% of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 38% because of their gender expression.

Please write a 300-word essay identifying some of the challenges for LGBTQ students at your school, and propose a few specific solutions that would help make your school a safer and more supportive environment for LGBTQ students.

Three awards are available: one Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Scholarship sponsored by Cox Communications ($1000); and two Harvey Milk/Nicole Murray Ramirez Student Scholarships ($1000 each), established 1979 and sponsored by the Imperial Court de San Diego.

Essays are due by 5 pm on Friday, April 24.

More information and the online application form can be found HERE.