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Champlin mom becomes crusader for gay kids

The plainspoken mother of a high school student who killed himself has turned into an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian teens. Champlain’s Tammy Aaberg has connected with thousands of gay students through her deceased son’s Facebook page.
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The plainspoken mother of a high school student who killed himself has turned into an outspoken advocate for gay and lesbian teens. Champlain’s Tammy Aaberg has connected with thousands of gay students through her deceased son’s Facebook page.

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