Emma González, also known as X González, is an American activist born on November 11, 1999. They became popular for advocating for stricter gun control in the U.S. They survived a high school shooting that took place in February 2018 at Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida. In response to the incident, they co-founded Never Again M.S.D., a gun-control advocacy group that they ran together with their fellow compatriots. They also assisted in organizing the March for Our Lives student demonstration in Washington, D.C. that same year. “Time” magazine named González one of the “100 Most Influential People” in 2018.
Emma González was born to a cybersecurity attorney father and a mathematics-tutor mother in Parkland, Florida, on November 11, 1999. Their parents were immigrants from Cuba who came to New York City in 1968. González graduated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018 where they used to serve as the president of the students’ Gay-Straight Alliance (G.S.A.) They were also the leader of a tracking team in Project Aquila, a mission to send a student-made weather balloon to the space edge. Following their graduation, González continued their study at the New College of Florida.
On February 14, 2018, a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Nikolas Cruz, opened fire within the school vicinity, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others before he was arrested by the police about an hour later. To this day, it remains the deadliest high school shooting in the country’s history. González was among the students who took shelter in the auditorium when the incident happened, and they were held there for two hours until the police let them out. Following the shooting, González gave an 11-minute speech on February 17 at a gun control rally in front of the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Together with other survivors, they addressed state legislators of Florida on February 20 in Tallahassee in an internationally televised town hall. On February 21, they were hosted by C.N.N. González and their comrades criticized the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) and politicians who accept money from the organization, citing them as being complicit in the shootings. At the town hall, González pressed the N.R.A. representatives, particularly the now-former spokesperson of N.R.A, Dana Loesch. Their question went viral: “Do you believe that it should be harder to obtain the semi-automatic and … the modifications for these weapons to make them fully automatic like bump stocks?” González joined Twitter after the speech and gained more than one million followers within less than 10 days.
Their dedicated efforts finally showed some results when the then governor of Florida, Rick Scott, signed the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” on March 9, a bill that tightened gun control as well as school safety and security in the state. On March 24, 2018, González and fellow Parkland survivors organized the nationwide “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C. They made a six-minute speech exactly the length of time of the Parkland school shooting and paid tribute to all the victims, which was followed by several minutes of silence. They were named one of the “100 Most Influential People” by “Time” magazine, appearing on the cover with fellow activists David Hogg, Jaclyn Corin, Alex Wind, and Cameron Kasky. González and their comrades were also profiled by the French state-owned international news T.V. network, France 24. In May 2019, a recording of González delivering a line during their 11-minute speech on February 17, 2018, was sampled as the intro for ‘I Rise,’ a song in Madonna’s 14th studio album, “Madame X.”
González survives the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that kills 17 and injures 17.
They give an 11-minute speech on gun control in front of the Broward County Courthouse.
They and their compatriots criticize the N.R.A. and politicians who benefit from guns on C.N.N.
Governor Rick Scott signs the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act” bill.
Gonzáles and fellow Parkland survivors organize the nationwide “March for Our Lives” protest.
Gonzáles and their compatriots are among the “100 Most Influential People,” says “Time” magazine.
Why We Love Emma Gonzalez
They mustered the courage to speak up
Just three days after the shooting that robbed them of their schoolmates and tore a permanent scar in their memories, Gonzáles managed to gather up remarkable courage and resilience to become a dedicated gun control activist. They were not afraid to call out and criticize politicians and the N.R.A. for not tightening gun laws, which could’ve prevented hundreds of tragedies that have taken place.
They believe in equality
González described themselves as a feminist. They believe that today’s society should be built upon the equality of all genders.
They remain humble
When González was invited by “Variety” to become one of their five ‘Power of Women’ honorees in 2018, the young activist was initially reluctant to attend the interview and have a solo cover. The reason was that they were used to sharing the spotlight with fellow compatriots, and thus felt uncomfortable with drawing all the attention.
5 Surprising Facts
They are a feline lover
On their Instagram, the young activist revealed that they have a lovely black cat.
They are into words and stars
González is fond of astronomy and creative writing, but not mathematics.
They are serious when negotiating
They made a PowerPoint presentation to convince parents to be allowed to shave their head.
Just like any other teenager
González is an avid movie and T.V, watcher; they enjoy “The Office” on Netflix.
Their username on Spotify is “González” spelled backward.
Emma Gonzalez FAQs
What does Emma González wear on their wrists?
On González’s left wrist, they wear an array of rubber bracelets in memory of the victims of their school shooting in February 2018. On their right wrist, they wear friendship bracelets to represent their friends.
What is Emma González’s sexuality?
The young activist identifies as bisexual and uses they/them pronouns. González further announced in May 2021 that they will be using a new personal name, X González, citing dissociation with their more feminine birth name, Emma.
Is Emma González’s buzz cut political?
González’s buzz cut is not a political statement. They shaved their head due to the hot weather in Florida, citing practicality as the reason.
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