''I did this because I wanted to exercise my inherent rights as a citizen. I wanted people to widen their minds and look outside their tiny mind boxes, to see that even 10-year-olds can have logical opinions, and to accept that I am intelligent person like most people. I believe activism is important. Activism is change. It is the fuel, lubricant and engine that drives the slowly moving turtle-mobile that is progress ... Thank you again, and to quote a great modern-day thinker, "Live long and propsper."
Will Phillips, 10, who made headlines last November when he told his teacher that he didn't want to say the Pledge of Allegiance, in part, because the nation does not provide "liberty and justice" for his family's gay friends. Then he appeared on CNN to deliver one of the best news interviews of last year. He spoke live on stage at the New York GLAAD Media Awards where he accepted an award for "Outstanding TV Journalism Segment." (GLAAD Media Awards)