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Justin Aaberg was a 15-year-old Minnesota teen who took his life on July 9, 2010 after enduring years harassment and bullying because he was gay.

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Two openly gay youth, two supportive families, two different paths

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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The hot, sticky days of July are often a time of family vacations, summer school, summer jobs, and for others who have just graduated from high school, time spent with family and friends before leaving home for college. For 18-year-old Graeme Taylor, whose academic endeavors have led him to enroll at Kenyon College in Ohio as an incoming freshman...

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When will real change happen in Anoka-Hennepin schools?

| Friday, November 2, 2012
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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...

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Parent raises concerns over appointment of gay rights opponent to anti-bullying task force

| Friday, October 26, 2012
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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.

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Organizers of Halloween parade deny admittance to gay youth group

| Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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ANOKA, Minn. -- An LGBT youth group founded in memory of Justin Aaberg, a 15-year-old Anoka High School student who killed himself after he was repeatedly bullied because he was gay, has been denied participation in the Anoka Halloween Parade, presumably because there are already too many participants.

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Minnesota school board labels conversations about LGBT students ‘controversial’

| Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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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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Bachmann responds to anti-bullying petition: ‘Bullying is wrong’

| Wednesday, October 5, 2011
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ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), this week has finally issued a follow-up response to her previous assertion that bullying is "not a federal issue" -- Bachmann now adds, "bullying is wrong." [caption id="attachment_35987" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Michele Bachmann"][/caption] The Minnesota Independent reported...

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Mother of Justin Aaberg delivers petitions calling on Bachmann to denounce anti-gay bullying

| Friday, September 16, 2011
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The mother of a 15-year-old Minnesota teen who took his life last year after enduring years harassment and bullying because of his sexual orientation, has called on GOP presidential hopeful and Minnesota Congresswoman, Rep. Michele Bachmann, to denounce anti-gay bullying in her district.

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Remembering Justin Aaberg — in the year since his death, much has changed, much has not

| Saturday, July 9, 2011
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On this day one year ago -- July 9, 2010 -- just weeks after finishing his freshman year at Anoka High School in Minnesota, 15-year-old Justin Aaberg killed himself in his bedroom. In the year since Justin took his life, much has changed, and much has not...

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