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A letter to my bully…

| Friday, October 19, 2012
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I have hated you almost every day since we first met. But for different reasons altogether than you might expect. I still remember the terror I felt, every time I approached the soccer field. It was junior high, a difficult time for almost everyone, but for me, especially so. You see, I’d always known I was gay...

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Questions remain after Long Island teen commits suicide over alleged anti-gay bullying

| Tuesday, October 9, 2012
David Hernandez
EAST HAMPTON, N.Y. -- The Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Network said it would fast-track its efforts to open an LGBT community center in Suffolk County after learning that an East Hampton, N.Y. teen who was reportedly the victim of anti-gay bullying took his own life last week.

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LGBT-inclusive national suicide strategy unveiled

CHRIS JOHNSON | Washington Blade | Monday, September 10, 2012
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A new strategy unveiled Monday aimed at reducing the suicide rate in the United States includes a section on the rate of suicide for LGBT people — saying they may be particularly at risk because of “minority stress” and “institutional discrimination” resulting from anti-gay laws on the books.

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Remembering Alan Turing, prolific computer scientist, ‘convicted homosexual’

| Saturday, June 23, 2012
Alan Turing
Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Alan Turing, a brilliant British mathematician and computer scientist who was highly influential in the creating what would become the modern computer, and is most famous for his work on breaking the German Enigma codes during World War II.

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

| Sunday, June 10, 2012
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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.

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Ravi to begin serving 30-day jail sentence, apologizes for his actions

| Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Dharun Ravi
Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers University student convicted earlier this year of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate who later committed suicide, will turn himself in Thursday to begin serving a 30-day prison term.

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

| Sunday, May 27, 2012
Dharun Ravi
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...

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Tyler Clementi gets no justice

| Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tyler Clementi
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.

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A Solemn Mother’s Day

| Sunday, May 13, 2012
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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...

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

| Thursday, May 10, 2012
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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.

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