Amazing Race‘s Kynt & Vyxsin to Sit with Lawrence King Classroom

KYNT STATEMENT

“I would like to express my condolences and support to the family and friends of Lawrence King. It has been documented that Lawrence was subjected to marked negativity from fellow male students for occassionally wearing make-up, jewelry, and feminine clothing.

The seemingly harmless jokes and name-calling escalated toward this horrific act of violence. Lawrence was considered an outcast, and often teased for his appearance, which is a situation I can relate to very well, as I am a male who is proud to enjoy a more effeminate appearance.

I am saddened that Lawrence’s creativity, free-thinking, and individuality might have contributed to his murder. Every student deserves to attend school with the assumption that they will be safe, no matter how they choose to express themself aesthetically. This is a tragedy but one I feel can be averted in the future with an increased emphasis on diversity and tolerance education in schools.

Parents need to take charge as well, and be mindful of acceptance as they mold the thoughts, ideas, and outlook of their child. Creating a culture based on an ‘acceptance and appreciation of difference,’ whether that difference is race, religion, sexuality, gender expression, or aesthetic, is the responsibility of EACH and EVERY American. This must happen.”

Comments

  1. the queen says

    what fabulous people – wish they were my neighbors – as long as they keep the music down, that is…

  2. says

    There is a sponsor of the candlelight vigil named “Vincent Vigil”??? That is too much.

    Also, do we know if the boy who was murdered was a “boy in make-up” as Kynt put it?

    Lastly, I did watch this season of TAR and had such a hard time buying Kynt as a heterosexual, and now this. Bless them for bringing awareness, but…

  3. says

    Is there any way to send them a thank you note? I watched the Amazing Race show in amazement to see them accepted everywhere around the world (with extra looks of course, that’s part of the fun!). It is a great thing they are doing: a het couple who will be sharing a little sophistication and artistic temperament with some clearly confused and sheltered kids who will be happy to meet them. If I can only say thank you to them here, then, “Thank You!”

  4. says

    So glad attention is being given to young Lawrence’s life. I just heard about this tragedy, and I hope word continues to spread. I hope for the day when LGBTs of all ages are safe–in school, work, the beach, wherever.