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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(San Francisco) Today, anti-equality advocates announced that they have failed to collect the required number of signatures to place a referendum for the November 2012 ballot to overturn the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act.
The local chapter of PFLAG, or Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, hosted a talk Saturday at the Trevi Entertainment Center in Lake Elsinore that focused on how best to launch Gay-Straight Alliance student clubs at area schools.
The discussion was led by Daniel Solis, Southern California program manager for the GSA Network, who told the 50-plus members of the audience ---- which included parents, students and teachers ---- that the first step to launch the club is to know the law and the rights it affords.
This past weekend, the sister of 14-year-old suicide victim Jamey Rodemeyer went to a school dance to take her mind off of her brother’s death and hang out with all of her friends. “Then,” says Jamey’s mother Tracy, “all of sudden a Lady Gaga song came on and they all started chanting for Jamey, all his friends and whatever. Then the bullies that put him into this situation started chanting ‘You’re better off dead, we’re glad you’re dead.’”
They sound heartless, but is pressing criminal charges against them actually a bad idea?