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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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Opponents of FAIR Education Act Fail to Qualify Referendum for 2012 Ballot

(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. 

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Governor Brown Signs Bill Strengthening Employment, Housing and Other Nondiscrimination Laws


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Advocate advises on Gay-Straight Alliance clubs

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.

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The Californian

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
The Huffington Post


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