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Youth Across the Country to Remember Slain Teen Lawrence King


CONTACT: Carolyn Laub, Executive Director


Vigils will take place in Los Angeles and around the country on February 12
Register online for vigils in your area

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Today is Gay-Straight Alliance Day

Des Moines — Governor Culver has declared today “Iowa Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Day”. The day, organized by Iowa Pride Network, is meant to honor GSA groups, students and staff who work to end violence and homophobia in Iowa schools and colleges.

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Journal Express

Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 introduced in House...

Student Non-Discrimination Act of 2010 introduced in House by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis

Measure would prohibit discrimination against public school students on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

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Miami Herald

Family Acceptance Project — Helping LGBT Youths

Vol. 9 No. 6 P. 6

A California social worker’s research into how family behaviors affect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths may soon transform how social service professionals promote these youths’ health and well-being.

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Social Work Today

Judge's Ruling Favors AUSD on Recall

Alameda County Superior Court judge Frank Roesch issued a temporary ruling Nov. 25 saying that the Alameda Unified School District's anti-bullying lessons do not fall under the category of health education. The ruling is a victory for AUSD and a defeat for the parents who sued the district hoping to keep their children out of the lessons.

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Alameda Sun

Students learn from GSA conference

A group of La Quinta High School students participated in a leadership conference aimed at bringing together students from Gay-Straight Alliance clubs throughout the Coachella Valley.

La Quinta High students were among 38 valley teens who attended the Oct. 24 conference, hosted by the College of the Desert Gay-Straight Alliance and the Palm Springs chapter of Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays.

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The Desert Sun, Palm Springs, CA

Israeli Gay Leaders Visit SF

Noa Raz, one of three Israeli queer youth activists who visited San Francisco last week, recalled the horror of August 1 when a gunman opened fire on a group of queer youths at Tel Aviv's gay community center.

Raz spoke to about 40 members of San Francisco's Jewish LGBT community on November 2, a day after Israeli officials announced the arrest and detainment (which occurred last month) of a suspect in the attack. However, Israeli police don't believe the suspect is the gunman.

"There was blood everywhere," recounted Raz.

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Bay Area Reporter

Schools emerge as new tactic in gay marriage votes

 SAN FRANCISCO — In one ad after another, voters in California and Maine were besieged with images of what would supposedly happen if same-sex marriage were legal: Students on a field trip to a lesbian wedding, elementary kids gobbling up books featuring gay couples, kindergartners learning about homosexuality from their teachers.

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Associated Press

Loud, raucous crowd combats Westboro Baptist Church

Armed with a message of God’s wrath and “imminent doom,” six members of the Westboro Baptist Church staged a peaceful protest outside San Diego High School Friday, but were overshadowed by a large counter-demonstration chanting messages of love and tolerance.

Hundreds turned out to try to silence Westboro’s members, who wore shirts with the church’s URL — — on them. Members of the Topeka-based congregation also carried colorful signs that read, “America is Doomed,” “Antichrist Obama is Doomed” and — with no explanation — “You Will Eat Your Babies.”

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San Diego News Network

Governor Signs 3 Gay Rights Bills, Vetoes 2

On Oct. 12, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law two historic LGBT rights bills – one recognizing the contributions of slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk, and another underscoring that same-sex couples married before the passage of Proposition 8 are entitled to full recognition as married spouses in California, regardless of whether they married in California or out of state. Both bills were sponsored by Equality California (EQCA) and were introduced by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). The bills were the top priority of EQCA, and were targeted by right wing anti-gay groups who worked to defeat the bills first in the legislature and then urging the governor to veto the measures. 

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San Francisco Bay Times