Grown up, the Obamacare Kid transitions to a new civil rights movement
Summary: At the age of seven when Marcelas Owens’; now known as Marci, mother died without insurance, she expressed her feelings into activism through rallies and three years later was known as the “Obamacare Kid” in a popular photo of her next to President Obama after he signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Before the ACT was in place, many health insurance plans didn’t cover any medical treatment related to gender transition. Now Owens is creating a new identify for herself and advocating for others in the LGBT community by challenging the bathroom and graduation policies at the high school she attended. She is also part of a Seattle Times video project on race, called “Under Our Skin,” and wants to build a business around a project she’s created called SWXVE, where transgender people and others can create music and “build their own power.”
Connection to History:
People have always stood up for change.When the British set forth the Sugar Act in 1764, the colonists protest caused the British to cancel the Act in 1776.
Why is important for the youth to voice their opinions on issues significant to them?
Where and how can young people get their voices heard?Do personal experiences influence one’s views on an issue?