UPDATE (10/20/2006, 9:10am): Last night at the Triad Business and Professional Guild, I spoke to Johnny McGee, a long respected and active member of the Triad LGBT community and member of the HRC Board of Governors. I told him about my concern on the age ranges chosen for the Gala scholarships and he assured me that members of the Board of Governors and the Gala Co-Chairs were already discussing a possible solution as of yesterday morning. Thanks so much Johnny!
The Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala is again offering young adult dinner scholarships, in order to give youth the chance to attend an event they might not otherwise be able to afford (tickets for the February 24, 2007 dinner cost $175).
There’s been a change this year though. In years past, the ages for the youth dinner scholarship were 18-25. This year it is only available to youth aged 21-25.
What about the 18, 19 and 20 year olds? There are some pretty bright, tallented and committed LGBT/straight ally folk under the age of 21. Do they not deserve a chance to go with the youth scholarship?
(Disclaimer – I’ve been the recipient of the HRC Carolinas youth dinner scholarship two times, once in 2004 when I was in high school and again in 2006. I wasn’t planning on getting the youth dinner scholarship again this year, even though I will be 21 by the time the dinner rolls around, thinking that another youth should have the chance to go.)