Izzy Pellegrine is a queer youth activist in Starkville, Mississippi. After spending ten years in strict Catholic schools, Izzy (as she prefers to be called) transferred to a residential public school where it was safe to be out. While there, she led the only high school GSA in the state and attended the National GSA Network Gathering. After graduation, she became involved with numerous non-profit organizations acting as Chapter Leader for the National Organization for Women, National Young Feminist Task Force and eventually participating as Board Secretary for Unity MS and helping found the first and only organization in Mississippi dedicated exclusively to queer youth, the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition.

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