At 14 years old, this American young lesbian, after having noted that too many schools did not have any books on sexual orientation and gender identity, decided to work on that.
One month ago, she thus launched her new project The Make It Safe Project which consists in finding LGBT books and to give them to schools which don't have some yet.
"When I figured out that a lot of schools didn’t have any resources about what it means to be LGBT or how to come out," explained Amelia to Bay Windows, "I decided that I wanted to help send those books to schools."
"My goal is to provide awareness for people and also to provide the reading material that will make them safe," she added.
Thus she made a list of 10 books: six fiction and four nonfiction books: Ash by Malinda Lo; Annie On My Mind, by Nancy Garden; Empress of the World, by Sara Ryan; Luna, by Julie Anne Peters; Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithanp; Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown; It Gets Better, ed. by Dan Savage and Terry Miller; GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens, by Kelly Huegel; Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, by Kathy Belge; and Like Me, by Chely Wright.
Then, thanks to donations on Internet, she buys the books and sends them to the schools. The principle is rather simple but no schools' officials thought to do it to help LGBT youth.
From now on, schools in Arizona, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and there is even a private school in California which did not want to spend money in LGBT books, have the books in their library thanks to Amelia.