Daft has persevered since coming out
Ella Daft is a root beer aficionado, greets strangers with hugs, is intelligent and articulate, and could very well become the face of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered rights movement in Iowa — and she hasn’t even graduated high school.
Daft graduates from Newton Senior High School on May 24, but she can already use the phrase “Google me.” A quick search shows more than 100 results, including a Facebook “Like” page, a page on anti-bullying created by the state of Iowa and, most recently, for being awarded a Gold Iowa Matthew Shepard Scholarship worth $40,000.
“I was selected as one of three … it can be applied to my books and tuition, but not room and board,” Daft said. “To be eligible for the scholarship, you have to identify as LGBT and you have to have made efforts to stop bullying, prevent homophobia, spread education, and youth advocacy is a big part of it.”
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