Eli Bundy (age 16) is a non-binary high school student advocate for LGBT equality and serves as President of the Charleston County (SC) School for the Arts Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA). Eli led fellow students (and their parents!) to join the fight against South Carolina’s “No Promo Homo” law which outlawed discussion of same-sex relationships in public school health classes. As a result of Eli’s leadership, the GSA served as the lead plaintiff in GSA v. S.C. Supt. of Ed., which resulted in the US District Court’s determination that SC’s “No Promo Homo” law was unconstitutional and therefore unenforceable. GSA is a watershed case because, for the first time, a federal court struck down a state “No Promo Homo” law on constitutional grounds.
Advocacy with a Drawl, Y'all: A Case Study in Southern "No Promo Homo" Laws