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'60 Minutes' Profiles Gay Teen Scientist, Ignores His Sexuality

'60 MINUTES' PROFILES GAY TEEN SCIENTIST, IGNORES HIS SEXUALITY BY: JASE PEEPLES 10.15.2013 Jack Andraka, the gay teen who became known as the “Boy Wonder” of science after developing a new method to detect pancreatic cancer earned him the grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, was profiled in the latest episode of 60 Minutes. However, while the news program managed to focus on everything from Andraka’s theories to his family life, the fact that he is gay was conveniently omitted from the science prodigy’s profile. Though Andraka’s story is inspiring regardless, 60 Minutes’ failure to include any mention of his sexuality is a missed an opportunity to both fight negative stereotypes and offer hope to LGBT youth who are underrepresented in the media compared to their straight counterparts. Watch the 60 Minutes segment below, but see the 16-year-old discuss his sexuality in an earlier profile here.


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