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Study: Steroid use much higher among gay and bisexual teen boys

Monday, February 3, 2014
CHICAGO -- Gay and bisexual teen boys use illicit steroids at a rate almost six times higher than do straight kids, a "dramatic disparity" that points up a need to reach out to this group, researchers say. [ Read more → ]
KNBC-TVCassidy Lynn Campbell

Transgender teen crowned Homecoming Queen at Calif. high school

Saturday, September 21, 2013
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. -- A transgender student made history Friday night when she was elected crowned homecoming queen at an Orange County, Calif. high school. [ Read more → ]

Report: LGBT youth face higher rate of dating abuse than straight peers

Friday, September 6, 2013
LGBT teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, with transgender teens especially vulnerable to victimization, according to a report issued Friday by the Urban Institute. [ Read more → ]

‘Cutest couple’ at New York high school is two boys

Monday, June 3, 2013
CARMEL, N.Y. — The duo voted "cutest couple" in the senior class at a suburban New York high school say they're getting teased about it - but not because they're both boys. [ Read more → ]

Boy Scout councils weigh options as fallout continues over repeal of gay ban

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
DALLAS -- Fallout continues after the Boy Scouts of America voted last week to open its ranks to openly gay youth. [ Read more → ]

‘Thank you for standing up for me’

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Last week, the Boy Scouts of America took its first step in ending decades of wrongs against its own youth members, myself once included. When I was fourteen years old, I was faced with an impossible, scary and irrational choice: “If you choose to live that lifestyle, you’re choosing not to be a Boy Scout.” My dismissal from Boy Scouts was the very first time I was forced to stare down outright discrimination. It came at an all-too-young age... [ Read more → ]

‘Boy or Girl?’ Gender identity a new challenge for schools

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It's a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born — a boy or a girl... [ Read more → ]

Teen medical ban could threaten gay youth, say advocates

Wednesday, May 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill restricting teenagers’ access to medical and mental health care initially scheduled to be voted on in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday was taken off the calendar and sent back to the Judiciary Committee. [ Read more → ]
Issak Wolfe

Transgender student switched from Prom ‘King’ ballot to Prom ‘Queen’ ballot

Thursday, April 25, 2013
YORK, Pa. -- Prom court voting is over, and with prom night just days away, one senior at Red Lion Area Senior High School in York, Pa., is angry over an arbitrary decision by the school's principal that left him excluded from the prom court election. [ Read more → ]

‘The Language of Love’ — a delicate take on first love and awakening sexuality

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
A new short film written and performed by Kim Ho tells the story of a 17-year-old gay teen who struggles to find the words to be true to himself… and his best friend -- a story that captures the feelings and emotions of gay kids who often feel alone and isolated because of their sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]
Texas state capitol in Austin. Source

Texas Senate committee advances bill to equalize protections for gay teens

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas — Parents of gay teens urged Texas lawmakers on Tuesday to give their children the same legal protection as heterosexuals when it comes to prosecuting sex crimes — pleas that helped push a key Senate committee to cast a vote bucking the state's long history of opposing the expansion of gay rights. [ Read more → ]

Texas lawmakers consider new legal protections for sexually active gay teens

Tuesday, April 9, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- In Texas, where attempts to expand gay rights have run into strong opposition from Republican leaders, state lawmakers are considering new legal protections for sexually active gay teens. [ Read more → ]
Tony Zamazal

Transgender high school senior wins battle to wear dress to school prom

Thursday, April 4, 2013
HOUSTON -- A transgender high school senior in Houston, Texas, has won a fight to wear a dress to the senior prom. [ Read more → ]

GLSEN: LGBT youth face harassment, discrimination in school athletics

Thursday, February 21, 2013
LGBT students can greatly benefit from participation in school-based athletics, but many of these students experience harassment, assault and discrimination that negatively impact their participation in middle and high school physical education and sports teams, according to a research brief released Wednesday by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network. [ Read more → ]
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Indiana groups set up video project to reassure gay teens they ‘have a purpose’

Saturday, February 16, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of gay rights organizations is trying to bolster the confidence of gay teens in response to an Indiana teacher's assertion that gays have no purpose in life. [ Read more → ]
Copper Hills High School, West Jordan, Utah

School: ‘Singing valentines’ OK for gay students after flyer warned ‘no same-sex deliveries’

Thursday, February 14, 2013
WEST JORDAN, Utah -- A Utah high school will allow "Singing Valentines" to same-sex students on Thursday after students, faculty and parents complained that a flyer distributed last week singled out LGBT students and was described as anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]

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 → ]

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 → ]

Facebook privacy glitch outs LGBT users

Monday, October 15, 2012
The outing of University of Texas-Austin students to their parents as a consequence of a little-known Facebook privacy glitch has reignited longstanding concerns over the social network’s treatment of its LGBT users’ private information. [ Read more → ]

Is high school the new Stonewall?

Thursday, June 28, 2012
In the fight for equality, high school has become the new Stonewall. Perhaps the easiest question to answer is, “Why?” Why has the First Amendment debate moved from college campuses and into high schools? It’s a simple lesson in math. When you multiply an increase in out teens by the visibility of gay heroes then divide by more rules, you get First Amendment questions that make you wonder if you’re smarter than a 12th grader... [ 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 → ]
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 → ]
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 → ]

Anti-LGBT bullying contributes to suicide by Maryland teen

Sunday, April 8, 2012
GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Kenneth (“Kenny”) Wolf, a 14-year-old freshman at Old Mill High School in Millersville, Md., died Friday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center following a suicide attempt Thursday night, LGBTQ Nation has learned. [ Read more → ]
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