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Minnesota school district changes ‘neutral’ policy on sexual orientation

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Anoka-Hennepin school board, which oversees the state's largest school district, has adopted a new policy that replaces a policy that required teachers to stay neutral in matters relating to sexual orientation -- a policy critics called a “gag rule” that constrained teachers from dealing with [...]

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Student jumps to his death; school officials say bullying wasn’t a factor? Bullshit!

Saturday, February 11, 2012
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LA CRESCENTA, Calif. -- During a busy lunch break on Friday, where hundreds of students milled about at Crescenta Valley High School, sophomore Drew Ferraro, 15, took a running start and leaped off a three-story classroom building into the courtyard below, ending his life. [...]

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School official condemns Rolling Stone article on bullying, teen suicide

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS — Anoka-Hennepin School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson has angrily denounced an article published last week by Rolling Stone, in which the magazine highlighted the rash of teen suicides that occurred within the school district over the past three years, and the links some of those deaths had to anti-gay [...]

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Family, friends hold vigil for bullied gay teen who committed suicide

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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CASHMERE, Wash. -- Family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil on Friday evening to remember 14-year-old Rafael Morelos, who hanged himself on Sunday, Jan. 29. Rafael was openly gay, and friends said he was bullied because of it. [...]

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Rolling Stone: Evangelicals in Michele Bachmann’s district have created an anti-gay climate

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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For nearly three years, people living in the suburban Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin area have been dealing with not only a rash of LGBTQ youth committing suicide, but a cultural environment that at times seems nearly a war zone as the greater LGBTQ community and its supporters have squared off against the [...]

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Bullied gay teen’s suicide note: Insight on EricJames Borges’ tragic death at age 19

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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On Jan., 14, 2012, EricJames Borges committed suicide, shocking his friends and his co-workers at The Trevor Project. SDGLN Contributor Melanie Nathan attended one of his funerals, and obtained a copy of one of his suicide notes that gives insight on what he was thinking. This is her exclusive story. [...]

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Should Gays Leave The South?

Friday, January 27, 2012
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To many of whom live in more progressive states like New York and California, it is incomprehensible that LGBT people would willingly subject themselves to the overt discrimination that exists in the states of the South... [...]

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TN lawmaker compares homosexuality to ‘pedophilia, prostitution, murder’

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Joe Ragan
According to Tennessee lawmaker Joe Ragan, gay “feelings” can be controlled by “mentally healthy adult human beings,” and questioned, “Should society avoid disapproving of pedophilia, prostitution, murder, etc., because practitioners of those behaviors may commit suicide at higher rates?” [...]

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LGBT kids do not choose to be bullied

Monday, January 23, 2012
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In response too many of the tragic suicides of gay teens, religious individuals across the nation have decided that instead of addressing the topic of LGBT bullying directly (a.k.a. punishing the bully), it is the fault of those students who are LGBT that they are being bullied. [...]

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Tennessee gay teen commits suicide over anti-gay bullying

Sunday, January 22, 2012
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GORDONSVILLE, Tenn. — Another gay teen has been lost to anti-gay bullying — Phillip Parker, 14, died last week, the victim of an apparent suicide. His parents said Phillip was constantly bullied because he was gay. [...]

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