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I say, "Make it better!"

I noticed this week we got a few hits from our friends over at the Make It Better Project and I thought it was only fitting to give them a shout out.  I don’t know if you have to wait for things to “get better” I think you can take charge of your heart, mind, and soul and make it better!  Click on the photo below to find out more about the Make It Better Project sponsored by the GSA Network…!

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Queer Landia

S.O.U.L.: Campaigns Address Suicidal Youth

Last year, the media reported on a series of suicides among LGBT youth.  Suicide among LGBT youth is not a new phenomenon. Several research studies during the past decade have found the rates of suicide and suicide attempts are higher among LGBT youth as compared to the general population.  However, media recognition of the suicides has sparked speculation about possible causes and has inspired social campaigns that address suicide among LGBT youth.

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The Stylus

LGBT Youth Group Stands up to Bullying

GSA Network Youth

On October 20, dubbed Spirit Day, millions of supporters of the youth group Gay-Straight Alliance Network wear purple to draw attention to GSA Network’s efforts to stop the bullying of gays at school. The photo shows three California network supporters.

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United States Embassy

MTV Aims To Break Guinness World Dance Marathon Record For LGBT Campaign

An MTV dance crew put on its dancing shoes Sunday night and won't take them off for 55 hours, in order to break a Guinness World Record and raise funds for anti-bullying campaigns.

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Huffington Post

More schools take action to stem anti-gay bullying

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A history teacher amends his lessons on the civil rights movement to include the push for gay equality. A high school removes Internet filters blocking gay advocacy websites. Six gay students sue their district, saying officials failed to protect them from bullies.

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Associated Press

Life Still Hard for Gay and Lesbian Students in Aurora Schools Despite a Push Back Against Bullying

Cory Barrett has heard the slurs and seen the abuse that countless high school students face.
As the director of youth services at Rainbow Alley, a drop-in center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and questioning teens, Barrett and his staff specialize in providing a safe place for those who feel targeted and bullied in their schools.

In addition to the simple resources like snacks and a cyber café, the agency in downtown Denver offers professional counseling and other services for youth from around the state.

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Aurora Sentinel

Bullied Teen's Mother Marks Seth's Law Signing

Wendy Walsh, the mother of Seth Walsh, after whom the recently signed Seth's Law is named, visited San Francisco this week to mark the bill becoming law.

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Bay Area Reporter

Gov. Brown Signs Historic Transgender Bills

Members of the LGBT community have gained considerable ground with the recent passing of two bills aimed to help transgender Californians.

The Gender Nondiscrimination Act and the Vital Statistics Modernization Act were signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 9 after a months-long campaign to recognize the basic rights of transgender people.“We’re definitely excited about the positive effect the passing of these bills will have on the transgender community,” said Mark Snyder, spokesman for the Transgender Law Center, an organization that co-sponsored the bills.

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Daily Sundial

Sequoyah High is told to allow a gay-straight alliance

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)--The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on school leaders in Tennessee’s Monroe County to stop subverting the formation of a gay-straight alliance (GSA) at Sequoyah High School in Madisonville.

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WVLV-Knoxville, TN

Criminalization Can't Make It Better

Professor Kevin Nadal is absolutely right on one front: We need to Make It Better for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied youth. All students deserve a safe learning environment.

But criminalization is not the answer.

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