Outgoing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed several LGBT-related bills this year that are set to take effect January 1.
Among the most significant to the LGBT community is legislation that should make it easier for students to seek mental health help.
Out state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) authored Senate Bill 543, the Mental Health Services for At-Risk Youth Act. Among other provisions, the act will allow youth ages 12-17 to obtain counseling without parental consent if the attending professional believes the youth is mature enough to participate.
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Senator Mark Leno Introduces FAIR Education Act
New legislation sponsored by Equality California and Gay-Straight Alliance Network
aims to stop discriminatory education and promote school safety
M-A senior Max Philp, once a victim of anti-gay bullying and now an outspoken advocate against homophobia and California’s Proposition 8, wants people to know that harassing others about their sexual orientation and withholding marriage rights for same-sex couples are not okay.
Thanks to a gift of $20,000 from Wells Fargo, a national network of gay straight alliances with its headquarters in San Francisco can grow its anti-bullying initiatives well into 2011.
Study in leading pediatric journal finds unfair treatment nationwide
With school bullying on the national radar, Superintendent Carlos Garcia cannot ignore the issue locally. Garcia will be addressing the issue at a Tuesday reception where he will talk about San Francisco Unified School District’s leadership in creating school environments where students are supported and diversity is celebrated.
LGBT youth advocates at Gay Straight Alliance Network have launched the "Make It Better Project," an initiative that confronts bullying head on by showing students and adults what they can do to improve school safety.
"We're focused on connecting people in the public who want to do something and take action," said Executive Director Carolyn Laub.
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Gay-Straight Alliance Network Responds to President Obama's
"It Gets Better" Video