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Gov. Deval Patrick (D-Mass.)

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

Thursday, April 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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UK study: Effects of childhood bullying still evident after 40 years

Monday, April 21, 2014
Children who are bullied — and especially those who are frequently bullied — continue to be at risk for a wide range of poor social, health, and economic outcomes nearly four decades after being victimized, according to new research by King’s College London. [ Read more → ]
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Annual ‘Day of Silence’ calls attention to ‘silencing effect’ of anti-LGBT bullying

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of students at thousands of schools around the world on Friday will participate in GLSEN’s (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) 19th annual "Day of Silence" by taking a vow of silence to draw attention to the anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination in schools. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Mark Dayton signs the Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law on April 9, 2014.

Minn. governor signs LGBT-inclusive ‘Safe Schools’ anti-bullying bill into law

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL -- Less than 24 hours after clearing the Minnesota state House, Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday signed Safe and Supportive Minnesota Schools Act into law, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law. [ Read more → ]
Minnesota

Minn. state House passes anti-bullying measure; governor to sign bill today

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House voted early Wednesday to pass a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s anti-bullying law, sending the measure to Gov. Mark Dayton to sign. [ Read more → ]
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Mass. Senate passes updates to anti-bullying law

Thursday, March 20, 2014
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Senate has overwhelmingly approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law by strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities. [ Read more → ]
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Report: Schools are failing LGBT youth and funneling them into prison

Monday, March 10, 2014
Hostile school climates pave the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, youth to spend less time in school and more time on the streets, thus increasing the likelihood of entering into the school-to-prison pipeline. [ Read more → ]
Bullying

Minn. gay rights advocates lobby for state law protecting kids from bullying

Sunday, March 2, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Long before gay rights activists in Minnesota launched a successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage, they were aiming for another high-profile goal: a state law protecting children from school bullies. [ Read more → ]
Mass-capitol

Mass. state House passes updates to anti-bullying law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law in part by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. [ Read more → ]
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Minn. lawmakers plan renewed push at tougher anti-bullying bill

Monday, January 13, 2014
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota lawmakers are planning to try again this year to strengthen a state law aimed at preventing bullying in schools. [ Read more → ]
Destin Holmes

Lawsuit: LGBT students routinely bullied in Miss. school district

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. -- A lawsuit filed Tuesday says LGBT students are routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district, including a lesbian who was forced to sit alone in the middle of a classroom when others were split into groups of boys and girls. [ Read more → ]
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Gay-Straight Alliances: Empowering youth, saving lives

Sunday, December 1, 2013
I have a vague memory of hearing announcements and seeing posters for it on the walls. I remember wanting to go. I hadn’t yet come out at this point but I had the sense that I would find support and understanding in this club, and I wanted to be a part of it so badly. But there was a barrier in my mind that prevented me from being able to attend the club. I graduated without going to even one meeting... [ Read more → ]
Andrew Shirvell

Former prosecutor wants job back after being fired for harassing gay student

Monday, November 11, 2013
DETROIT -- A former assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan who was fired after expressing hostility toward a gay University of Michigan student government president has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the state's current attorney general and his predecessor. [ Read more → ]
Clementi family

Family of Tyler Clementi make first visit to site of Rutgers student’s suicide

Sunday, November 10, 2013
FORT LEE, N.J. — The family of the Rutgers University student whose suicide sparked a national conversation about the treatment of young gay people paid their first visit Sunday to the bridge where he took his life. [ Read more → ]
Jake-Stallman

Once bullied gay teen starts anti-bullying coalition to help other bullied kids

Sunday, October 20, 2013
TIPTON, Iowa -- NBC Nightly News on Sunday profiled 17-year-old Jake Stallman, a once bullied gay teen from eastern Iowa who decided he no longer could suffer in silence and now helps other kids who are bullied. [ Read more → ]
bullying

LGBT rights advocates say Utah bullying law may backfire

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
OGDEN, Utah — Gay rights leaders in Utah say a new law requiring schools to notify parents when their child is a victim of bullying could potentially do more harm than good. [ Read more → ]
Courtesy: Jaye Richards-HillThis 2012 mock wedding between Jaye (left) and Ruth Richards-Hill in front of the Scottish Parliament sparked a 3-month cyber-bullying campaign against the participants.

Scotland man ordered to pay $61K for calling teacher a pedophile on Twitter

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
GLASGOW, Scotland -- A Scotland man accused of using Twitter to call a former school headmaster and adviser to the Scottish government a pedophile because she campaigned for marriage equality, has been ordered to pay her £40,000 (about $61,000 USD) in damages. [ Read more → ]
You Will Rise Project FREAK, by Morven Fik

Rising Above: Bullying victims express themselves through art

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Bullying can happen at home or at school, or both, and each case is unique. Some of the time, bullies themselves have been victimized and opt to use their feelings of hate or frustration and project it on others. Part of the You Will Rise Project’s goal is to create an avenue for expression that prevents kids from continuing that cycle. [ Read more → ]
cyber-bullying

Study: LGBT youth face higher rates of online bullying

Thursday, July 11, 2013
NEW YORK – LGBT youth experience nearly three times as much bullying and harassment online as non-LGBT youth, but also find greater peer support, access to health information and opportunities to be civically engaged, according to a new report released today by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. [ Read more → ]
Right Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

Church of England announces campaign to combat anti-gay bullying

Friday, July 5, 2013
LONDON -- The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced a campaign to stamp out anti-gay bullying in Church of England schools, acknowledging that attitudes toward sexuality have changed. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa)

Iowa governor says he’ll try again to advance statewide anti-bullying effort

Sunday, June 9, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill designed to crack down on so-called cyber-bullying failed to advance in the Iowa state legislature this year, but Gov. Terry Branstad plans to keep working to toughen Iowa's anti bullying laws. [ Read more → ]
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 → ]
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