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School official condemns Rolling Stone article on bullying, teen suicide

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS — Anoka-Hennepin School District Superintendent Dennis Carlson has angrily denounced an article published last week by Rolling Stone, in which the magazine highlighted the rash of teen suicides that occurred within the school district over the past three years, and the links some of those deaths had to anti-gay [...]

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Family, friends hold vigil for bullied gay teen who committed suicide

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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CASHMERE, Wash. -- Family and friends gathered for a candlelight vigil on Friday evening to remember 14-year-old Rafael Morelos, who hanged himself on Sunday, Jan. 29. Rafael was openly gay, and friends said he was bullied because of it. [...]

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Rolling Stone: Evangelicals in Michele Bachmann’s district have created an anti-gay climate

Sunday, February 5, 2012
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For nearly three years, people living in the suburban Minnesota's Anoka-Hennepin area have been dealing with not only a rash of LGBTQ youth committing suicide, but a cultural environment that at times seems nearly a war zone as the greater LGBTQ community and its supporters have squared off against the [...]

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Bullied gay teen’s suicide note: Insight on EricJames Borges’ tragic death at age 19

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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On Jan., 14, 2012, EricJames Borges committed suicide, shocking his friends and his co-workers at The Trevor Project. SDGLN Contributor Melanie Nathan attended one of his funerals, and obtained a copy of one of his suicide notes that gives insight on what he was thinking. This is her exclusive story. [...]

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LGBT kids do not choose to be bullied

Monday, January 23, 2012
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In response too many of the tragic suicides of gay teens, religious individuals across the nation have decided that instead of addressing the topic of LGBT bullying directly (a.k.a. punishing the bully), it is the fault of those students who are LGBT that they are being bullied. [...]

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Tennessee gay teen commits suicide over anti-gay bullying

Sunday, January 22, 2012
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GORDONSVILLE, Tenn. — Another gay teen has been lost to anti-gay bullying — Phillip Parker, 14, died last week, the victim of an apparent suicide. His parents said Phillip was constantly bullied because he was gay. [...]

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Gay teen who committed New Year’s Day suicide a victim of anti-gay bullying

Monday, January 16, 2012
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GRANITE BAY, Calif. — Another gay teen, the apparent victim of anti-gay bullying, has been lost to suicide. In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, Jeffrey Fehr, 18, hanged himself at his family’s home in Granite Bay, Calif. [...]

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Suicide claims another LGBT youth: Trevor Project intern Eric Borges

Thursday, January 12, 2012
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Eric James Borges, 19, of Visalia, California, succumbed to suicide Wednesday, January 11, 2012. Known as EricJames to his friends, he was an intern with The Trevor Project, and a Supplemental instructor at the College of the Sequoias. [...]

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Tyler Clementi’s parents speak out: ‘One of our big jobs is to promote LGBT acceptance’

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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NEW YORK -- In their first television interview, Tyler Clementi's parents Jane and Joe Clementi talked with NBC's Kerry Sanders on Monday, telling her that the loss they still feel is "almost like a physical pain." [...]

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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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