Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Point Foundation Scholar to Appear on Oprah

(Link) Disowned after coming out, lesbian freshman Amanda Jessen tells her story on upcoming Ophrah show entitled, "When I Knew I was Gay."

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LNewsEditor said...

JIC Post:
From Advocate

The Thursday episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show will feature University of California, Los Angeles, lesbian freshman Amanda Jessen and her mother, Kimberly, on a show titled "When I Knew I Was Gay." Jessen is a Point Foundation scholar. The group provides financial support and mentoring to LGBT students who are marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Jessen was born and raised in Orange County, Calif., and after coming out to her mother, she was removed from the home that she had known for her entire life. The core of her senior year consisted of nomadic conditions, moving from her mother's to her grandmother's and finally settling in with her father.

Amanda has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.12 while lettering in softball. As an out lesbian senior at her high school, Amanda worked to further gay rights and other progressive causes by helping solidify the first gay-straight alliance since her high school disbanded the group three years ago.