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Is it okay to say gay? Advocate Devon Hicks, 17, discusses the issue on Real Time Conversation

(CBS/What's Trending) - Joining our panelists Chris Hardwick and George Takei is Devon Hicks, the person who started the #itsokaytosaygay hashtag. The gay rights advocate video chatted with us during the second episode of our live show about the Tennessee "Don't Say Gay" bill, which would effectively ban talk about homosexuality in middle and elementary schools, and talked about why it is important to stand up for gay rights.

Hicks explained why he is getting involved and the importance of Facebook and Twitter as tools for change in today's generation. He stated that even though he is not personally gay, he finds the bill to be wrong because he has many gay friends and can understand the difficulties they face, especially in a conservative state such as Tennessee. Hicks continued the conversation after his segment by answering questions and receiving praise from supporters of his activism.

On his website, Hicks outlines his goal: "I've got a passion I'd like to share with you, a passion that's all about using technology to help foster change. " He stuck to his mission statement after hearing about the "Don't Say Gay" bill, a Tennessee bill that would prohibit children in elementary school and middle school from addressing the issue of homosexuality in the classroom.

Upon hearing of the potential law Hicks cried foul. Believing the bill to be unjust he started a Facebook group protesting the bill and created a social media movement against the initiative. Hicks was the first to hashtag #itsoktosaygay, which became a trend on twitter and has received national attention as student-run rallies protesting the bill. in that name led by Hicks have taken place.

The bill managed to make it through the Senate at a 19-11 vote, despite protesters united by the social media sites. The legislation has yet to make it to the Tennessee's House.

If you have any questions for Hicks, tweet him @craftydevon. He said he'll do your best to answer your questions.

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