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Luke Herbert

Florida school district settles anti-gay bullying complaint by former student

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
PALM COAST, Fla. -- A Florida school district has settled a complaint filed against it with the U.S. Office of Civil Rights which alleged that the staff at Flagler Palm Coast High School allowed a gay former student to be bullied. [ Read more → ]
Kardin Ulysse (center) with parents Pierre and Rose

New York teen left blinded in one eye following brutal, anti-gay assault

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
NEW YORK -- A Brooklyn teenager was was left blind in one eye after being assaulted by bullies who shouted anti-gay epithets during an attack earlier this month at his middle school, according to the teen's family [ Read more → ]
Dharun Ravi (right) with attorney Steve Altman

Ravi released from custody after serving 20 days in Rutgers’ spying case

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was released from prison Tuesday after serving 20 days on a 30-day sentence for using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate who later committed suicide. [ Read more → ]

El Paso gay teen, bullied for 2 years, commits suicide

Sunday, June 10, 2012
EL PASO, Texas — Another bullied gay youth lost to suicide. El Paso teen Brandon Elizares, 16, took his own life on June 2, according to family and friends. [ Read more → ]

Ontario’s legislative assembly approves anti-bullying bill

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
TORONTO, Ontario -- The Accepting Schools Act, an anti-bullying measure also known as Bill 13, passed through the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on Tuesday by a vote of 65-36. [ Read more → ]

Illinois school district bans GLSEN material over children’s diversity book

Friday, June 1, 2012
ERIE, Ill. -- An Illinois school district has banned all student materials provided or endorsed by GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network, including learning materials and various programs aimed at preventing bullying. [ Read more → ]
Dharun Ravi

Tyler Clementi’s suicide: Best to look not only at Ravi, but at society at large

Sunday, May 27, 2012
The lack of public figures or role models for teenagers, and the hesitancy of schools to include same-sex sexualities in sex-ed curricula, despite these being a normal part of human sexuality, give these negative attitudes more influence by not contrasting them with the more positive reality. Given the body of mental health research that has consistently connected stigma and suicidality, and despite the progress we’ve made, the present state of society leaves me concerned... [ Read more → ]

Anti-bullying legislation fails to pass Illinois state Senate

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Legislation that would require Illinois schools to create anti-bullying programs and fully explain how they would investigate bullying instances failed to pass in the state Senate Tuesday amid fear it could be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
Tyler Clementi

Tyler Clementi gets no justice

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tyler Clementi was bullied to death and the Judge heard guilty 288 times, yet sentenced his convicted antagonist to 30 days, 300 hours of community service and a $10,000 donation. While I do not doubt that Ravi was put through a measure of hell, knowing that he could be sentenced to a maximum of ten years and be the subject of deportation, I ask why this Judge even bothered to sentence him, at all. [ Read more → ]

Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days in jail, probation in Rutgers’ suicide case

Monday, May 21, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- A New Jersey Superior Court judge has sentenced former Rutgers student Dharun Ravi to 30 days in prison and three years probation for spying on his gay roommate who later committed suicide. [ Read more → ]
Jack Conkling

Teacher’s Facebook rant: Gay marriage same as ‘murder, lying, stealing, cheating’

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
BUHLER, Kan. -- A Kansas middle school teacher has ignited a firestorm in the small rural Kansas community of Behler after posting an anti-gay rant on Facebook in which said same-sex marriage is akin to "murder, lying, stealing, or cheating." [ Read more → ]

A Solemn Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13, 2012
When the dawn breaks this Mother's Day, there will be sons, and daughters who will have made plans to treat their Mums to special dinners, maybe breakfast in bed, or just take them someplace special. Countless flowers, candies, and yes, even jewelry will be bestowed in gratitude by children in a showing of deep love and gratitude for all that their Mums mean in their lives. Yet, for some mother's, the day will not hold a special meaning at all. Their will be no gifts, no special remembrances or displays of affection and love. There will be an empty place at the dinner table and even larger emptiness in the hearts of those mothers who have lost their children to suicide or bullying... [ Read more → ]

School investigates complaint of teacher bullying gay student

Friday, May 11, 2012
HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Jared Swank had a great time at his senior prom last weekend, but the happiness turned into disgust when a teacher he trusted showed a video of him dancing with his transgender date to students in her classroom on Monday. [ Read more → ]

Gay teen jumps to his death; family says bullying was a factor

Thursday, May 10, 2012
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- An openly gay teen in Rochester, Minn., took his own life on Sunday, and according to the boy's father, anti-gay bullying played a “a big part” in his son's suicide. [ Read more → ]
Mitt Romney

Romney’s character under scrutiny as report of anti-gay bullying surfaces

Thursday, May 10, 2012
WASHINGTON — GOP front runner and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney engaged in several incidents of pranks during his high school years, at least one incident in particular that LGBTQ activists are calling anti-gay bullying, according to a report by The Washington Post. [ Read more → ]
Darnell Young

Bullied gay teen expelled for defending himself with stun gun

Tuesday, May 8, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An independent arbitrator ruled Monday that an Indiana gay teen will remain expelled from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis until January 7, 2013 for discharging a stun gun on school property to discourage an attack by bullies. [ Read more → ]
Dan Savage

Dan Savage a hypocrite? Not even close…

Sunday, May 6, 2012
The religious right wing clearly have no clue what bullying is really all about. A speaker, known for his “straight”, sometimes “salty”, talk, at a public forum, is not bullying you when he says your religious beliefs are bullshit. He doesn’t have you cornered against a locker, trapped behind the auto shop building, or head down in the commode in the bathroom stall. He isn’t threatening you with physical harm, not even the promised threat of “getting you later” after school. The right wing thinks all these kind of interactions are not bullying, especially if religiously motivated, but a speaker at high school assembly, who points out logical and factual inconsistencies in the way you behave is the bully and a hypocrite? Bullshit. [ Read more → ]

Hillary Clinton calls for ‘stamping out bullying wherever it happens’

Saturday, May 5, 2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has released a new video in which she calls for "stamping out bullying wherever it happens." [ Read more → ]
Sean Harris

Re-defining ‘Bully Pulpit’ — Pastor sends chilling message of violence

Friday, May 4, 2012
Many have heard and seen Pastor Sean Harris' shouted exhortations about "squashing like a cockroach," the first signs of gender-variant behavior in children. Fewer have seen his searing denunciation of transgendered persons as "an affront to God." ... and I have counseled at least three GLBT young adults who have attended this church. They all said they heard similarly hateful messages there, which not only drove them away, but also pushed them into depression and self-harm, even suicide attempts ... [ Read more → ]
Darnell Young

Bullied gay teen faces expulsion after firing stun gun provided by his mom

Wednesday, May 2, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- An Indiana gay teen on Wednesday faced a private school district review board, an effort to expel him after he discharged a stun gun on school property to discourage an attack by school bullies. [ Read more → ]

D.C. city council gives preliminary approval of anti-bullying bill

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The D.C. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve an anti-bullying bill on first reading, with Council members expected to approve the measure in a final vote at their next session later this month. [ Read more → ]

Dan Savage and the truth about homosexuality and the Bible

Monday, April 30, 2012
People get bullied because of who they are: how they look and act, what they say and do. ... The people who walked out during Dan’s talk were not separated from their peers by anyone. They were content to do that themselves. They were not frightened or cowed. They were offended. ... And they were pleased to show their intolerance of Dan’s words by protesting against them in the manner they did. Theirs was not an act born of suffering. [ Read more → ]
Jeremy Faison

Tennessee lawmaker says suicides caused by bad parenting, not bullying

Thursday, April 26, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A Tennessee state representative on Tuesday told fellow lawmakers that failure to instill proper values by parents in the victims of bullying is what leads young people to commit suicide. [caption id="attachment_51957" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Jeremy Faison"][/caption] State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) made... [ Read more → ]

Sioux City Journal devotes front page to bullying following gay teen’s suicide

Monday, April 23, 2012
The Sioux City Journal on Sunday devoted its front page to the topic of bullying, a response to the recent suicide of Kenneth Weishuhn, a 14-year-old gay teen who had been bullied at school after coming out to his friends. [ Read more → ]

PFAW report examines the anti-gay lobby’s ‘pro-bullying agenda’

Monday, April 23, 2012
As students around the country participated Friday’s “Day of Silence” to show solidarity with bullied LGBT children and teens, anti-gay activists continued to step up their efforts to prevent schools from protecting bullied students. [ Read more → ]
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