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North Carolina mom believes bullying led to transgender teen’s suicide

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Ash Haffner
Local LGBT community leaders in Charlotte, N.C., are responding with messages of support and encouragement, following the death Thursday of a transgender student. Ash Haffner, 16, died by suicide on Thursday. [...]

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Study details lives of LGBT youths engaged in ‘survival sex’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
This Nov. 10, 2014 photo shows an area near the intersection of Christopher Street and West Street in New York. A unique federally funded study released on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex." Researchers say this is one of the sites where LGBTQ youth tended to meet together.
A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of LGBT youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call "survival sex." [...]

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Colorado, Iowa, Oregon lawmakers considering ‘conversion therapy’ bans

Monday, February 23, 2015
Daniel Tobias, Wikimedia
Three more states could soon join California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia in outlawing therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. [...]

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Graham Moore’s Oscar speech was not intended for LGBT kids

Monday, February 23, 2015
Graham Moore
Moore is not gay. His speech was not about LGBT youth, many of whom experience depression because of the homophobia and transphobia in which our culture is mired. His speech was not even about the reality of Alan Turing’s life itself.
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Transgender teen cites family bullying in suicide note: #HisNameWasZander

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Zander Mahaffey
Another transgender teen has taken his own life, leaving behind a suicide note describing sexual trauma and alleged bullying by family members. [...]

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Bill targeting transgender students’ use of restrooms fails Kentucky Senate panel

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Kentucky state capitol in Frankfort.
A bill that would have banned transgender students from choosing which restroom to use at public schools has failed to pass a Kentucky state Senate committee. [...]

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U.S. Congressman tweets he is ‘proud grandpa’ of a transgender grandchild

Thursday, February 19, 2015
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Democratic U.S. Congressman Mike Honda wrote that he is "the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild" and added he hopes the child can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied. [...]

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Iowa Senate panel advances bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Iowa
Iowa could become the third state in the nation to ban controversial conversion therapy techniques designed to change the sexual orientation of LGBT youth. [...]

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A gay dad’s letter to Austin Wallis, and the high school that rejected him

Sunday, February 15, 2015
Austin Wallis (right) is comforted by his boyfriend, Nicolay.
The world of teens and tweens can be a treacherous one. As the dad to two 12 year olds, I see it as a world where childhood cushions and play have fallen away and new, somewhat complex challenges have emerged. It is a world where peer relationships and socializations... [...]

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GOP House committee blocks LGBT protections in education reform bill

Friday, February 13, 2015
U.S. Capitol
A U.S. House committee on Wednesday blocked two measures that would have provided protections for LGBT students as part of an education reform bill. [...]

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