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Student LGBTQ+ Advocacy Campaign Inspired by Greater Madison Writing Project Summer Writing Camp

Publication: Our Lives Madison
Date: March 1, 2018

Summary: High school student Zoe Wyse's #IFeelSaferWhen campaign, conceived and started at the Greater Madison Writing Project's "Rise Up and Write" youth summer writing camp, sparks conversations about the little things that make people feel safer.


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My initial idea for the campaign was that people would take a button for themself, but also give one to someone else, and then post a picture of the button and an #IFeelSaferWhen message on social media. These small actions would help spark a conversation about safety, while offering up suggestions for people to implement.

While most of my Rise Up & Write peers moved on from their campaigns, I stuck with mine. I wrote an op-ed in The Capital Times, addressing the issue and importance of safety, and explained how my campaign could help initiate needed change. I wrote to influential LGBTQ+ YouTubers, asking if they could give it a shoutout on their channels or social media. In the simple, seemingly insignificant button campaign assignment, I had found a seed to grow with the potential for something amazing."

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