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Out in High School — and Looking Forward to It

High school junior Benji Delgadillo will begin this school year differently than in years past — he’s coming out.


The 16-year-old, who identifies as gender queer, will now relate to his classmates at San Juan Hills High as a male. And while he lives in a conservative southern California town in Orange County, he’s looking forward to the school year.

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Anti-gay bullying left out of school harassment law

Under an anti-harassment policy passed by the Anniston Board of Education Wednesday, students are explicitly protected from bullying based on their race, gender, religion or disability. Sexual orientation? Not so much.  With Wednesday’s unanimous vote, Anniston joined school systems across the state in passing an official policy for dealing with bullying and harassment. The move is required by the Student Harassment Prevention Act, passed by the Alabama Legislature in the wake of a wave of bullying-related suicides across the country.

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The Anniston Star

District To Pay Lesbian Teen $35K Over Prom Dispute

A school district in rural Mississippi that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf.
The school district also agreed to follow a nondiscrimination policy as part of the settlement, though it argues such a policy was already in place.

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Student forms school’s first gay-straight alliance

YUCCA VALLEY — When Krista Blevins returns as a senior to Yucca Valley High School next month, she’ll bear the torch as president of the True Colors gay-straight alliance, the first successful alliance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered students at her school.

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Hi-Desert Star

Quinn Signs Anti-bullying Legislation Into Law

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed new legislation into law June 27 that expands the state's school bullying laws to include harassment based on sexual orientation.

Bullying can paralyze a student and has challenged teachers and administers in their attempts to prevent it.

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Books with gay themes for young readers take off

 At his Kentucky elementary school, kids taunted Brent on the playground about being gay, whatever that was. By eighth grade, he realized what they meant and came out to a friend — and vice versa.

She was an avid writer, he a voracious reader. They headed to their school library in search of stories that spoke to their lives: gay, gay in the South, gay and fearing stereotypes like "disgusting" and "worthless."

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Antibullying Bill Passes N.Y. State Senate

The Dignity for All Students Act, which would protect LGBT students from bullying and harassment in schools, passed the New York state senate Tuesday evening after years of effort. Governor David Paterson is expected to sign the bill into law, which would mark the first time gender identity and expression are included in state law.

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The Advocate

Excelsior club promotes tolerance

Their watchwords are “Don’t ask, please tell,” but for members of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) at Excelsior Middle School, the phrase is less about sexual orientation than it is about tolerance, acceptance and support.

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21st Annual Awards Event Honors Student Leaders Serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community

Contact:  Larry Buchanan
Phone:    510-206-1465

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2010 - Thirteen high school students, and two graduate students, will be recognized for their dedication and service to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community at the 21st Annual eQuality Scholarship Awards Event on Friday, June 4, 2010, at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. 

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California, Other States Prepare to Honor Milk

SAN FRANCISCO — Presidential Medal of Freedom? Got that. A place in the California Hall of Fame and Sean Penn playing you on-screen? Those, too.

Now, Harvey Milk has a holiday of sorts to call his own. California will observe its first day of "special significance" Saturday honoring the slain gay rights leader on what would have been his 80th birthday.

It took two legislative tries and the 2008 movie "Milk" to help persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill last fall establishing May 22 as Harvey Milk Day. Memorial events are planned in 20 other states.

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Presidential Medal of Freedom? Got that...
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