A resolution honoring the late activist David Mack Henderson was approved by the Fort Worth school board Tuesday with a 7-0 vote.
Henderson, 56, died in December after a battle with cancer. He helped found Fairness Fort Worth and had served as its president since 2013. An ally of LGBT youths, he was among supporters of transgender guidelines drafted by the Fort Worth school district.
The proposed resolution under consideration Tuesday highlights Henderson’s efforts, including finding training material to help teachers and counselors address the needs of LGBT students. It also points out that he helped mentor LGBT youths who were at risk of dropping out of school.
A plaque was presented to Henderson’s mother, Janet Henderson of Fort Worth. She attended the school board meeting Tuesday with several young men that her son mentored.
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“I think it is just wonderful,” Janet Henderson said, adding that he had an inner fire that led him to fight for LGBT rights.
“I’m pleased for him to be recognized for following his passion,” she said.
Henderson was a role model to several Paschal High School students, including Alex Loesch, 21, a graduate of Paschal, who saw Henderson as a father figure.
“He was basically the guardian angel to my adolescent years,” Loesch said.
Paschal High senior Xavier Khan, president of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, said he was thankful for Henderson’s energy and passion for the cause. About a year ago, Khan worked with Henderson to raise money for care closets for homeless youths.
“We all remember the bathroom battle in Fort Worth,” Khan said. “Well, he was on the front line, speaking at almost all of the meetings, and even got students involved, including myself and a group of my friends.
“He did a lot for LGBT youth in Fort Worth, and we will always remember him for it.”
Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1
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