KarMel Scholarship
Congratulations to the 2010 Winners!
Best Artistic
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgender Themed Work
2010 Runner-Up & Special Awards
Due to the outstanding quality of the submissions we received, additional awards were presented. 
Let's congratulate these winners as well! 
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"Mercedes, Your Dress is Too Loud"
Shannon Chong - FL
Melody's Favorite - Artistic ($75)
Karen's Favorite - Artistic ($75)
Runner Up - Written ($100 each)
Runner Up - Artistic ($100 each)
"Butter on Skin" 
"Hey Jude"

(Poem and Songs)
Jude Bower - VT
Last Updated July 31, 2010
"LGBT Leadership on a Military Campus"
(Special Art)
Teri Jo Reese - GA

"...Each panel represents one outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender leader form the school campus." - Teri

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"To Be Yourself"
Wendy Feaver - FL

"Song describing the struggles of being true to yourself and who you are.  Music & lyrics by Wendy Feaver." - Wendy

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"Change the Song"
(Personal Story)
Heather Keesee - WA
Special Judges' Award ($100)
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"Story of an outing I had with my father and his partner.  There was a man who called them "fags," and this tells of my response." - Heather

An excerpt:
"What happend next was very subtle.  If there had not been a pause in mine and Jason's conversation, it probably wouldn't have even been caught.  But there had, and it was.  As we walked away, the cashier mumbled those two stabbing words under his breath, "Fuckin' fags."  Dad and Jason stopped in their tracks.  An expression of hurt too great to even describe overcame my normally easy-go-lucky father's face.  Jason, who had just been laughing with me, suddenly looked like he didn't care if suddenly a bomb was dropped right where we were standing.  After a few seconds of just standing there, they started walking again, without saying a word."

"Did that really just happen?  Isn't there something we can do about this!?  We can write a letter!  We can get him fired!"  I was frantically whisper-yelling.  My eyes started burning as I started thinking about how I was actually embarrassed to be seen with them earlier.  Who was I to be embarrased to be seen with them?  They are some of the most wonderful people I know, and I was actually embarrassed to be seen with them!  I suddenly felt so ashamed of my selfishness..."

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Best Written
Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgender Themed Work
2010 Honorable Mention Awards
This year we decided to award honorable mention awards by media and subject.  We wanted to showcase the best of the best!
"Real Love Has No Conditions"
(Personal Story)

"It's a personal story about the time I found that my favorite cousin is gay." -Anonymous

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Best Religion ($50):
"A Loving God" by Alexandarea Montoya - UT
Best Personal Story ($50):
"Precious Cargo" by Faith Williams - MT
Best Drawing ($50):
"Four Leaf Love" by Taylor Mobley - TX
Best Song ($50):
"Water is a Symbol" by Rebecca Miller - NY
Best Play ($50):
"My Husband, My Wife" by Erin Britt - IN
Best Photo($50):
"Untilted 2 (Couples)" by Roger Generazzo - NY
Best Essay ($50):
"Surging Past Midnight: Schlesinger and Gay Cinema" by Aaron Eischeid - IL COMING SOON!!
Best Poem ($50):
"The Bright Future for You and Me" by John Terada - TX
A "Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender" Themed Scholarship
By Media
By Subject
2005 Winners
"We were truly amazed at the quality and creativity put forth by all the applicants this year. 
We received more than 500 submissions from 250 applicants, and awarded a total of $2,550. 
Come view the wonderful submissions we received!  Enjoy!"  -
Karen and Melody (July 31, 2010)
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"Butter on Skin"

"I lived in a world where most people will always see me as female.  It's a very uncomfortable feeling --unclean--something I know I'll never be able to fully wash away.  This poem discusses how it feels to be trapped in a body which doesn't fit, and a society which largely doesn't understand." - Jude

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"Hey Jude"

"I wrote this song when I was first starting to struggle with my gender identity.  The male part of me, who I named "Jude," was becoming more apparent, but he was also very repressed, both by society and by myself.  This song describes my longing to celebrate him and to let him free." - Jude

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"In my drawing, a lesbian couple sits at a reception table at their friend's wedding, obviously bored, tired and excluded from the rest of the women.  Their inclusion into the wedding, but exclusion from the wedding activities, show how people "accept" homosexuality, but still end up discriminating against LBGT people by disallowing them to wed.   The newly wedded bride is in the action of tossing her bouquet to her straight girlfriends, stating that basically whoever can catch this is the next to get married and live a happy life like her.  The women in the crowd vary in differences, including age -- even a baby and two small girls are hopefully trying to catch the flowers.  This represents the fact that no matter who you are, you can get married, but as long as you're straight.  The statement at the bottom of the drawing counteracts the wedding activity, by making the women's fun look frivolous, because according to statistics, their marriages aren't going to end up happily ever after like they think..." - Shannon

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"Once Upon a Time"
Katie Thayer - FL

"A Poem about finding Princess Charming instead of Prince Charming" - Katie

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"Mistletoe Mishap"
(Personal Story)
Kate Walsham - CA

"A story of a Christmas kiss, or how I outed my mother"  - Kate

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James Dorsey IV - MD

"Ever been called or made to feel odd because of who you are?  I've embraced that the fact that I'm unique. 
This song is my response to being called a freak for my sexuality." - James

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(Special Art)
Suzanna Weeks - TX

"A study of transitioning bodies" - Suzanna

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"The Activist Within Me"
(Personal Essay)
Marissa Minnick - CA

"An essay about why I fight for LGBT rights and marriage equality." - Marissa

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"The Alliance" 
"Well, This is New"

Janna Parsons - WA
"The Alliance"

"A rhyming couplet poem about the problems facing a recently outed couple and the club they formed." - Janna

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"Well, This is New"

"A freestyle poem about a woman's awakening to the same gender." - Janna

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Best Coming Out ($50):
"Risk Taken" by Anonymous
"A Death, A Rebirth" by Quoc Le - MD
Best Gay Pride ($50):
"The Rainbow" by Arielle Eckstein - CO
"My America" by Gavin McCoy - IL
Most Unique ($50):
"Crusing Towards the Future" by Jennifer Leyting - GA
"Guts" by Stephan Nance - OR
Best Transgender ($50):
"Not a Girl" by Ayden Parish - CA

"This song emotes a feeling of helplessness.  Part of the helplessness I was feeling at the time I wrote this song stemmed from the drug use of my boyfriend's best friend.  Helplessness also stemmed from being "trapped in the place between the boys and the girls."  In a society that emphasizes the need to conform to your assigned gender, my boyfriend (ftm) and I (gender neutral) are both faced with the helpless feeling of being trapped between the boys and the girls, both because of our bodies and because of societal expectations."" - Jude

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Melody's Favorite - Written ($75)
Karen's Favorite - Written ($75)
"Maple Syrup vs. Peaches:
Why Vermont and Similar States Allow Same-Sex Marriage while Georgia
and Others Do Not"
Jameson Linville - GA

"A scholary research article that examines the social factors that may influence whether or not a state allows same-sex marriage...." - Jameson

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(Personal story)
Shawn Clements - GA


"It is a true story about what I went through during my first date with my first "girlfriend". " - Shawn

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