GAY TEENAGERS: OUT, PROUD AND VERY YOUNG

GAY TEENAGERS ARE EMERGING AS NEVER BEFORE. BUT THESE NEW ACTIVISTS STILL FACE THE OLD PREJUDICES

Cabot, a charming village of 1,000 in the heart of northern Vermont's dairy country, is known for its world-famous cheese, not its gay activists. That's one reason why Palmer Legare is so unusual. Earlier this year, he founded Cabot's first and only lesbian and gay group and circulated a petition supporting gay rights. Two weeks ago, he discussed gay issues with the state's Governor, Democrat Howard Dean. The other unusual thing about Legare is that he's just 17, and his group meets at Cabot High School.

Gina De Vries is only 14 and lives a continent away from Legare, in San...

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