Continuing the fight

Lilian Grosshans is taking their advocacy to college.

By Thomas Romano

Senior Lillian Grosshans is known within the Durham community as an LGBTQ and voting rights advocate.

At Riverside she is president of the Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) and Editor-in-Chief of the Literary Magazine, The Cannon.

Outside of school, she volunteers at Kids Voting Durham, an organization that helps involve youth in elections at all levels, as well as interns at Duke University in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science.

“I myself identify as LGBTQ and feel strongly that people like me should have equal rights, so I [want] to help create a safe space for other LGBTQ students,” she said. “As for voting rights, I’ve always been passionate about the right to vote – it’s something that can create real change in our communities.”

Grosshans plans on attending Agnes Scott College, a historically women’s college in Decatur, Georgia, where she will major in either neuroscience or public health. Even after she moves on to the next stage of her life, she plans to continue her efforts in activism.

“In my life after high school, I want to continue speaking out for people who can’t speak for themselves and uplifting voices that need to be heard,” she said. “I can’t imagine a world where I stay silent and therefore complicit to the system.”

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