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10-year-old girl hangs herself after teasing which included gender-based bullying

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Ashlynn Conner
DANVILLE, Ill. -- A Vermilion County, Ill., family is in mourning after discovering that their daughter, 10-year-old Ashlynn Conner was found dead hanging in her closet in what the local coroner, Peggy Johnson, described as an apparent suicide. [...]

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Student Non-Discrimination Act needed to protect LGBT students from bullying

Sunday, November 13, 2011
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It’s essential that the Student Non Discrimination Act becomes part of Elementary and Secondary Education re-Authorization Act (ESEA) when it comes for vote in the Senate. It will expand the protection from bullying based on: religion, sex, national origin and disabilities to include protection for sexual orientation and gender identity [...]

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Michigan’s children speak out against Republican pro-bullying legislation

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
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Michigan state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) is leading the fight against against GOP efforts to create a "license to bully" that gives kids the ability to bully based on "religious or moral convictions." [...]

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Critics blast anti-bullying law for allowing exceptions based on religion, moral beliefs

Thursday, November 3, 2011
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The Michigan state Senate on Wednesday passed the "Matt's Safe School Law," an anti-bullying bill that contained a last minute addition by senate Republicans that essentially nullified the bill by allowing an exception to the law for "a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction of a school employee, school [...]

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Canadian LGBTQ advocacy group calls for full review on issue of youth suicide

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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TORONTO -- Egale Canada -- the Canadian national LGBT human rights organization -- has written to the Chief Coroner for the province of Ontario, Dr. Andrew McCallum, requesting a full coroner's review on the issue of LGBTQ youth suicide. [...]

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Canadian Parliament calls for acceptance, tolerance in wake of gay teen’s suicide

Friday, October 21, 2011
John Baird
In a speech before the House Of Commons on Thursday, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, told the gathered Members of Parliament and ministers that there is no place in the nation's schools for the bullying that drove an openly a gay Ottawa teen take his own life. [...]

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Trevor Project director warns: Media attention of specific LGBTQ youth suicides harmful

Thursday, October 20, 2011
David McFarland (right), with Trevor Project supporter, actor Daniel Radcliffe
David McFarland, the interim executive director and CEO for The Trevor Project -- a national suicide prevention hotline for LGBT youth -- is warning that overexposure by the media and LGBT bloggers, press, and Facebook pages focusing on specific cases of suicides by LGBT youth may be exacerbating the problem. [...]

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Millions expected to dress in purple, in person and online, for Spirit Day

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Millions of Americans will dress in purple on Thursday -- both in person and online -- to mark the second annual Spirit Day, a day demonstrate support for LGBT youth and to speak out against bullying. [...]

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Another gay teen suicide: It’s not bullying — it’s school mugging

Tuesday, October 18, 2011
jamie-hubley
I am so fed up with writing the same story — over and over and over again. This madness has to stop, and the first way we decrease these tragedies is to stop minimizing the torment and harassment by reducing it to mere bullying. [...]

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Father says ‘bullying was definitely a factor’ in son Jamie Hubley’s suicide

Monday, October 17, 2011
Jamie Hubley
Earlier today we reported the tragic death of 15-year-old Jamie Hubley, an Ottawa who committed suicide on Saturday, and who documented the final, painful months of his life on his bog. In a statement released Monday, Jamie’s father Allan Hubley said “bullying was definitely a factor” in his son’s death. [...]

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