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Best of the Bay 2012: Best Superfriends

The "It Gets Better" campaign may get all a lot of press when it comes to encouraging queer teens to hang in there in the face of bullying and fear, and not succumb to depression. But there's an amazing organization that, for the past 14 years, has been working to empower teens to make it better right now.

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San Francisco Bay Guardian

Why I Stay in School

Hallie is a seventeen-year-old GSA activist and student at the Haven Program at Peninsula High School. This piece was originally written for and posted on KQED's American Graduate blog.

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Anti-Bullying Advocates Call on Policymakers to End Overly Harsh Punishment of Bullies

Gay Straight Alliance, Racial Justice, and Education Advocates Call for an End to Criminalization of Bullying;

Twitter Town Hall, #bullychat, at 7 pm EST on Tuesday, June 26

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth empowerment groups and racial justice advocates today issued a white paper calling for education policymakers to reconsider harsh disciplinary responses to bullying. 

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REPORT: California Schools Safer With LGBT-Inclusive Curricula

A new study released last week by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition (CSSC) examines the impact of LGBTQ-inclusive curricula on school climate. The results confirm that not only do inclusive curricula foster a safer environment, but the effect is amplified if the messages are supportive as opposed to “neutral/mixed” or not supportive. Not only did LGBTQ students feel safer, but they also performed better academically and felt more connected to the school, their teachers, and their future.

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Think Progress

LGBTQ-inclusive lessons improve school climate, research finds

A report released this week by Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition (CSSC) provides new insight into the impact on individual students and school climate as a whole when different class lessons include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and issues.

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San Diego Gay & Lesbian News

LGBT Students Give Secretary Duncan Homework

While many students sign yearbooks and trade digits and Twitter handles as school closes, Secretary Arne Duncan began June on assignment: using student input to expand Department efforts to help eliminate bullying against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) student community.

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Homeroom Blog of Department of Education

New Research Shows LGBTQ-Inclusive Lessons Improve School Climate

June 5, 2012

Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition release the latest report in their School Research Brief series, “Lessons That Matter: LGBTQ Inclusivity and School Safety.”

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Schools are finally getting tougher on gay bullying

Bottle-blond bangs swept over one eye — this, the other boys whispered, was not a man's haircut. One of them — a popular, handsome specimen — grew particularly incensed at his classmate's new look. He formed a posse and found a pair of scissors. After locating the blond boy, the gang tackled him. The boy screamed for help, but none came. Lock by lock, his hair was lopped off.Soon after, the boy disappeared from school. Eventually, he returned, his hair clipped short and back to its natural brown color.

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Houston Press

17 Students Honored for Service to the LGBTQ Community

San Francisco, May 21, 2012 – eQuality Scholarship Collaborative has announced the recipients of its 2012 scholarships, presented at the 23rd Annual Awards Dinner held Friday at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.

Seventeen young leaders from throughout the State were honored and recognized for their service to the LGBTQ community.  Fifteen graduating high school seniors received $5,000 scholarships toward their post-secondary education.  A nursing and a medical scholarship also were awarded.

This year’s recipients included:

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Why Zero Tolerance Is Not the Solution to School Bullying

Last month an Indianapolis teenager named Darnell "Dynasty" Young brought a stun gun to his high school and fired it into the air.

On Tuesday Young was expelled. Problem solved. He got what he deserved, right?

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Huffington Post