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Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi anti-harassment act re-introduced in Congress

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
During a dedication ceremony Monday of the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey, U.S. Rep. Rush Holt, (D-N.J.) announced that he U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) have reintroduced legislation in Congress that would require colleges to implement anti-harassment policies. [ Read more → ]
Brian Sims

Gay Pa. lawmaker leads efforts to gain bipartisan support for anti-bullying bill

Monday, February 4, 2013
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Freshman state lawmaker, Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), the first openly gay elected member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, is leading efforts in the state House to gain bipartisan support for an anti-bullying bill known as the Pennsylvania Safe Schools (PASS) Act. [ Read more → ]
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Bullying study suggests ‘it gets better’ as LGBT youth get older

Monday, February 4, 2013
CHICAGO — It really does get better for gay and bisexual teens when it comes to being bullied, although young gay men have it worse than their lesbian peers, according to the first long-term scientific evidence on how the problem changes over time. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Rutgers University names new student center for Tyler Clementi

Friday, February 1, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University has announced it has named a new student named for Tyler Clementi, a gay student who jumped to his death in 2010 after his roommate used a webcam to record Clementi in an intimate encounter with another man. [ Read more → ]
Jadin-Bell

Jadin Bell: The Lynching of a Butterfly and the Modern Mob

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The officials are calling the impending death of young Jadin a “suicide”. It was not a suicide; it was the destruction of something innocent, something beautiful, something of supreme contribution exposed to an environment that valued it not at all. The facts support their word perhaps. No argument. A 15 year old boy took a rope to a playground and without assistance from any visible being, hung himself. [ Read more → ]
Jadin Bell

Oregon teen in critical condition after hanging himself due to anti-gay bullying

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
LA GRANDE, Ore. -- A 15-year-old teen has been taken off life support and is in critical condition after hanging himself over what family members describe as anti-gay bullying. Jadin Bell of La Grande, Ore., went to the playground of Central Elementary School on Jan.... [ Read more → ]
Josh-Pacheco

Parents say anti-gay bullying is to blame for son’s suicide

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
FENTON, Mich. -- The parents of a Michigan high school student who took his own life last week believe anti-gay bullying is to blame. [ Read more → ]
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Male students forced to hold hands as punishment criticized as bullying

Friday, November 30, 2012
MESA, Ariz. -- Two Arizona high school students were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as punishment this week for fighting. Critics are calling the discipline a form of bullying because it subjected the students to taunting and name-calling, and evoked anti-gay sentiments. [ Read more → ]
Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey compares wearing pro-gay rights t-shirts to bullying

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Mission America’s Linda Harvey has consistently claimed that anti-bullying efforts that include preventing bullying against LGBT and LGBT-perceived students will lead to discrimination against straight, Christian students at the hands of “destructive” and “criminal” activists in the “gaystapo.” [ Read more → ]
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Do anti-marriage equality ads just teach our children to bully?

Sunday, November 4, 2012
My parents are grateful I didn’t kill myself while in school. The truth is that they didn’t know how close I came. Six out of ten teenagers, in 2011, witness bullying at least once a day in school. Those who are bullied are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. When you add those numbers together, there are a lot of children in our school systems who are isolated and alone and hurting... [ Read more → ]
Justin AabergFamily photo.

When will real change happen in Anoka-Hennepin schools?

Friday, November 2, 2012
Today -- over 2 years after that awful summer day when I first learned about the bullying and harassment that Justin faced in school on a continuous basis, and confronting the Anoka-Hennepin school board for my first time at a public meeting about what my son and other gay students like him have endured in the schools -- my family is still not able to heal the way we should have been able to... [ Read more → ]
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Parent raises concerns over appointment of gay rights opponent to anti-bullying task force

Friday, October 26, 2012
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The parent of a gay teen who committed suicide as a result of bullying is speaking out over the decision by the Anoka-Hennepin School District to appoint a leading gay rights opponent to its newly created anti-bullying task force. [ Read more → ]
Brittany McMillan at the GLAAD offices in New York on Spirit Day 2012.Photo: Aaron McQuade, GLAAD.

Spirit Day founder: ‘Go outside your comfort zone, make a stand’

Friday, October 19, 2012
NEW YORK -- After a spate of teen suicides in the Fall of 2010 as a result of anti-gay bullying, one Canadian high school student decided that she was going to make a difference. [ Read more → ]
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A letter to my bully…

Friday, October 19, 2012
I have hated you almost every day since we first met. But for different reasons altogether than you might expect. I still remember the terror I felt, every time I approached the soccer field. It was junior high, a difficult time for almost everyone, but for me, especially so. You see, I’d always known I was gay... [ Read more → ]
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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Millions of LGBT people and their allies will dress in purple on Friday -- both in person and online -- to mark the third annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. [ Read more → ]
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Anoka-Hennepin school board appoints hate group member to anti-bullying task force

Thursday, October 18, 2012
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Anoka-Hennepin School Board, whose district recently settled two lawsuits alleging that a former policy had contributed to a hostile environment toward LGBT students and those perceived as LGBT, has appointed a member of an anti-gay organization to join the district’s new Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Task Force. [ Read more → ]
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Anti-bullying program labeled ‘a radical gay indoctrination program’

Monday, October 15, 2012
The annual "Mix It Up at Lunch Day" -- a decade-old program that encourages school children to overcome cultural, societal, or other differences by sitting with those they don't normally hang out with during lunch -- has been attacked by the American Family Association (AFA), as a "radical gay indoctrination program." [ Read more → ]
Ryan Andresen with his Eagle Project, the "Tolerance Wall."Photo courtesy of the Andresen family.

Boy Scout told he won’t receive his Eagle medal because he is gay

Thursday, October 4, 2012
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, Calif. -- A 17-year-old high school senior from this hillside area just east of Oakland, Calif., has been told by the Boy Scouts that he is not eligible to be awarded the rank of Eagle Scout because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
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On anniversary of Billy Lucas’ suicide, family files wrongful death lawsuit

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Two years ago today, Billy (William) Lucas, a 15-year-old from Greensburg, Ind., was was found dead in a barn at his grandmother’s home — he had hanged himself. While Billy never self-identified as gay, friends said he was tormented for years because other kids thought he was gay. [ Read more → ]
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GLSEN: LGBT youth face pervasive, but decreasing levels of harassment

Wednesday, September 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- In its latest National School Climate Survey released Wednesday, GLSEN -- the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network -- reported that while LGBT students are faring better than they have in the past, there is still much room for improvement. [ Read more → ]
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Is it ever okay to call someone a ‘Pansy?’

Sunday, August 12, 2012
“What are you? A bunch of pansies?” I heard his words, echoing across the grass, and felt like I’d been punched in the gut. All those taunts through the years stay with you, even if you’ve risen above them. I immediately walked over, called my son off the field, and told the coach we were done. We were going to switch teams. And he let us go… [ Read more → ]
Donald Perry

The leftist homosexuals did not bully Donald Perry to death

Sunday, July 29, 2012
Now, as you can probably guess, there have been some, on the right, who have correlated Chick-fil-A's recent public relations firestorm to Donald Perry’s sudden death. Some have even dubbed him as a victim of “leftist homosexual bullying,” asserting that the stress set upon him by the opposition to Chick-fil-A is what lead to his “untimely” demise. Some have even attempted to draw parallels between Perry’s death and those of gay teens, bullied into suicide -- claims which range from absurd to downright repugnant... [ Read more → ]
Brandon Elizares

El Paso school district targets bullying following suicide of gay teen

Saturday, July 28, 2012
EL PASO, Texas -- An El Paso, Texas school district has strengthened its anti-discrimination policies to prevent bullying of LGBT students and employees after an El Paso teen committed suicide last month after enduring two years of anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]
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Majority of gay youth in Britain say they’re victims of homophobic bullying

Thursday, July 5, 2012
LONDON -- New research by the University of Cambridge for British gay rights charity Stonewall UK's School Report 2012 found that 55 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Britain’s secondary schools experience homophobic bullying. [ Read more → ]
Mayor Vincent Gray signs the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 on Friday.

D.C. mayor signs anti-bullying bill

Sunday, June 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill on Friday that will require city agencies that work directly with young people to implement an anti-bullying policy. [ Read more → ]
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