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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
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
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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GLSEN releases first national study on homophobia, gender nonconformity in elementary schools

Saturday, January 21, 2012
Gender non-conforming students are at particular risk for bullying, and many teachers are unprepared to address issues relating to gender expression and LGBT families, according to a groundbreaking new study of bias, bullying and homophobia in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. [...]

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Gay teen who committed New Year’s Day suicide a victim of anti-gay bullying

Monday, January 16, 2012
GRANITE BAY, Calif. — Another gay teen, the apparent victim of anti-gay bullying, has been lost to suicide. In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, Jeffrey Fehr, 18, hanged himself at his family’s home in Granite Bay, Calif. [...]

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The danger of excessive ‘free’ speech: Why Tennessee’s ‘license to bully’ bill must fail

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Over the past week, the “license to bully” bill that may be considered by the Tennessee Legislature, has been blowing up in the media. From CNN (where the awesome Michelle Bliss from the Tennessee Equality Project defended the rights of students) to bloggers, newspapers, and magazines, countless people have weighed [...]

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LGBTs, Christians and Jews to be persecuted in Tennessee?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
In its upcoming session, the Tennessee Legislature may consider a bill which would allow bullying if such bullying is based upon a bully's "expression of religious, philosophical, or political views as long as such expression does not include a threat of physical harm to a student or of damage to [...]

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Marcus Bachmann’s bullying of LGBT children

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Marcus Bachmann has decided upon his course of action if he were to become the first "first gentleman" to occupy the White House -- reaffirming the discriminatory notion that ones sexual orientation can exclude you from one of the most valued institutions of society. [...]

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Utah school defends ‘outing’ student to parents, citing potential for bullying

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Willowcreek Middle School, Lehi, UT.
LEHI, Utah -- A Utah school district is on the defensive after outing a 14-year middle school student to his parents, claiming administrators were being "proactive" in preventing possible bullying. [...]

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Minnesota school board labels conversations about LGBT students ‘controversial’

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Audience member at Anoka-Hennepin School Board meeting.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- During its meeting before a packed room with a standing room only crowd Monday, the Anoka-Hennepin Minnesota School District's board proposed a new "Controversial Topics Curriculum Policy" to replace the current "neutral policy" that prohibits the district's teachers from talking about homosexuality in the classroom. [...]

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