Zachary Mallory, Halo Effect Award winner, answers The Pitch‘s questionnaire

: Zachary Mallory

Occupation: LGBTQIA activist, youth mentor and LGBT advocate

Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri

Current neighborhood: Independence

What I do (in 140 characters): I empower young people to rise above hate and discrimination. Everyone deserves a voice.

What’s your addiction? Combating LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination.

What’s your game? Soccer

What’s your drink? Anything from Coca-Cola, but my favorite is Sprite.

Where’s dinner? Dinner is simple, as long as it involves mac and cheese.

What’s on your KC postcard? Me in front of the downtown skyline saying, “I love this city.”

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City got it right when …” It opened an LGBT community center, Likeme Lighthouse.

“Kansas City screwed up …” With the lack of community and representative interaction.

“In five years, I’ll be …” Hopefully traveling, giving speeches and presentations about bullying and suicide prevention.

“I always laugh …” Whenever someone makes a derogatory remark toward me. I’ve learned to not let it bother me.

“I’ve been known to binge-watch …” RuPaul’s Drag Race.

“I can’t stop listening to …” “Secrets” by Mary Lambert.

“I just read …” October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard, by Leslea Newman.

The best advice I ever got: Keep your head up. It can’t rain forever.

The worst advice: Suck it up.

My sidekick: If it’s possible to have two, it’s my mom and Robert Lawrence.

My brush with fame: Winning an award from the UMKC Pride Alliance, going to Washington, D.C., for a press conference with GLSEN [Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network] for the Safe Schools Improvement Act.

My 140-character soapbox: I have always been a victim of bullying. I am now fighting back by ending bullying in communities worldwide.

What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Not trusting people when I should have.

Who’s sorry now? The people who have always bullied me and never told me I’d be successful.

My recent triumph: Winning the Halo Effect Award for the month of October from Nickelodeon for ending bullying and discrimination. 

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