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Connecting the disconnected: organizing community online & beyond | Anthony Hughes | TEDxUNO

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Published on Mar 16, 2015

For LGBTQ youth in a conservative, rural state, finding community is not only extremely difficult, but it can be a matter of life and death. For these youths in Nebraska, Facebook has provided a way to build community throughout the state, connecting a disconnected population and saving lives in the process.

Originally from Dublin, Anthony has lived in Omaha since he was 10, graduating from Millard West High School in 2012 and is currently a student of history and politics at UNO.

Founded in 2010 by Drew Heckman, Queer Youth Nebraska Network is a grassroots organization that aims to create a healthy, empowered, and visible community of LGBTQ+ youth in Nebraska. With more than 700 members, the organization regularly provides support systems and helplines for those in need.

Since coming out at 18, Anthony has enjoyed numerous experiences in serving the LGBT community, in particular the young people from around Omaha and throughout the state as they find their feet in this strange world of ours. Having attended both national conferences and local interest meetings focused on the manifold issues and injustices LGBT youth continually face, his commitment to helping provide professional, safe, fun, and above all meaningful resources to our state’s queer kids remains an essential priority.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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