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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Thursday — both in person and online — to mark the fifth annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. Now observed annually, millions of individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities are expected...

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Canadian family bullied because of their transgender daughter

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Isabella Burgos
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian family says they are being bullied because their daughter is transgender and the school district isn't doing enough to stop it. Izzy and Dale Burgos said ever since eight-year-old Isabella was four, she knew she was a girl inside. And that's how she returned to school to start third grade last month -- as a transgender girl.

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Settlement reached in case of bullied, gay teen who committed suicide

Monday, September 29, 2014
David Phan
SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a 14-year-old boy who say their son was bullied prior to committing suicide outside a school in a Salt Lake City suburb has reached a settlement with the school district, the two sides announced Monday. The family of David Phan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and was considering a lawsuit...

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Tyler Clementi’s legacy: A family fighting on behalf of bullied LGBT youth

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Joseph and Jane Clementi in their home in Ridgewood, N.J. Their son, Tyler, jumped off the George Washington Bridge in 2010 after learning that his college roommate was spying on his relationship with another man. His suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people and brought the spotlight associated with it to his family’s front door.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Tyler Clementi's family could have stayed silent after he killed himself. They could have, understandably, hid from the spotlight and attention thrust upon them when he jumped from the George Washington Bridge after his roommate's webcam captured him with another man inside his Rutgers dorm room. But four years after his death...

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Two openly gay youth, two supportive families, two different paths

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Justin
The hot, sticky days of July are often a time of family vacations, summer school, summer jobs, and for others who have just graduated from high school, time spent with family and friends before leaving home for college. For 18-year-old Graeme Taylor, whose academic endeavors have led him to enroll at Kenyon College in Ohio as an incoming freshman...

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Settlement reached in suicide of teen who endured years of anti-gay bullying

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Seth Walsh
TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- The mother of a Central California teenager who committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying has reached a $750,000 settlement with her son's school district. Wendy Walsh, whose 13-year-old son, Seth, committed suicide in 2010, accused the Tehachapi Unified School

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Calif. mayor says bullying victims need to toughen up and ‘grow a pair’

Friday, May 16, 2014
Cameron Hamilton
PORTERVILLE, Calif. -- A central California mayor says bullying victims should toughen up, "grow a pair" and defend themselves, sparking anger among some city officials and gay rights advocates.

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Investigation: Nevada middle school shooter bullied, tormented, called ‘gay’

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Jose Reyes
SPARKS, Nev. -- In less than 10 minutes after his mother dropped him off at school on the morning of Oct. 21, 2013, seventh-grader Jose Reyes and a popular middle school teacher lay on the school yard, dead from gunshot wounds. Two classmates were wounded and a school was in panic.

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Bullies target openly gay teen’s home with anti-gay slur

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Levi-Peabody
VIENNA TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A 16-year-old Michigan teen has become the target of bullies because he is gay, and now his home has been targeted as well.

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Mass. governor signs tougher LGBT supportive anti-bullying bill into law

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities.

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