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Is It A Bad Idea to Prosecute?

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?

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Hey, Lady Gaga: Make It Better, Not Criminal

Earlier this week, 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer died by suicide. He was gay, he had been bullied and harassed because of his sexual orientation, and he had even created an It Gets Better video.

In response, Lady Gaga Tweeted: "Bullying must become illegal."

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GSA Network responds to Lady Gaga on bullying
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Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Equality California Applaud New California Department of Education FAIR Education Act Guidelines


San Francisco – Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Equality California, leaders in the effort to protect the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, applaud the California Department of Education (CDE) for issuing an informative and clarifying fact sheet on the new law and its implementation in schools.

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Students Fight Harassment on Campus


A couple of weeks ago, the State Senate approved AB 9, a bill that would require schools to update and implement their anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies.

"Seth's Law" is named after 13 year-old Seth Walsh, a gay junior high school student from Tehachapi, who hanged himself after years of harassment at school.

There are already laws on the books to counter bullying, but the requirements are vague, and schools differ in terms of their responsiveness to complaints. As Alex Liu reports, some young students in California are learning how to be proactive

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LGBT Equality Organizations Applaud California Senate Passage of Seth's Law

Sacramento - Today, the California State Senate approved Seth's Law (AB 9) in a 24-14 vote. Seth's Law is designed to address the pervasive problem of school bullying by providing California schools with tools to create a safe school environment for all students. The bill is authored by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) and co-sponsored by a coalition of organizations advancing LGBT equality, including Equality California, the ACLU of California, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, and The Trevor Project.

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California State Senate approved Seth's Law (AB 9)

Speak Out -- LGBT Youth Empowerment in USA Today

USA Today spoke to GSA Network's Executive Director Carolyn Laub and featured five ways to Make It Better in a supplement by MediaPlanet! Click below to see a larger version of the page on bullying:

USA Today - Speak Out

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Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Employment, Housing, and other Nondiscrimination Laws

Senate Passes Bill Strengthening Employment, Housing, and other Nondiscrimination Laws
Authored by Assemblymember Atkins, AB 887 will strengthen protections based on gender identity and gender expression

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Equality Organizations Launch Coalition to Protect the FAIR Education Act


San Francisco – Led by Equality California, Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, a broad coalition of advocates for equality have launched a coordinated effort to protect the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act and to educate the public about its impact.

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Schools must teach about contributions of gays and lesbians

A recently expanded law says California schools must teach about the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in history. Yet local school officials say it will take some time to fulfill the requirement, mostly because they can't afford new textbooks or supplemental material.

They also have not yet received any guidelines from the state about exactly what to teach.

Critics claim the law promotes homosexuality, but Bill Dabbs, an assistant superintendent in the Oxnard Union High School District, sees it as a matter of equity.

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Gay history to be taught in California schools - how will law be implemented?

Gay history to be taught in California schools, but with no textbooks, how will the law be implemented?

Historic legislation was signed into law in California, July 14. Senate Bill 48 makes the teaching of LGBT history law in the state's public schools. The law goes into effect January 1 and legislators are getting ready to comply, but because of budget cuts, the state won't approve new textbooks until 2015. And given a lengthy review process, those textbooks may not make it classroom shelves until 2019. So how will school districts comply?

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